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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)



Critic Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.

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In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19-year-old college freshman. A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed the exorcism that resulted in the girl's death.

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Laura Linney
as Erin Bruner
Tom Wilkinson
as Father Moore
Campbell Scott
as Ethan Thomas
Colm Feore
as Karl Gunderson
Andrew Wheeler
as Nathaniel Rose
Kenneth Welsh
as Dr. Mueller
Mary Beth Hurt
as Judge Brewster
Henry Czerny
as Dr. Briggs
Duncan Fraser
as Dr. Cartwright
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Critic Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (39)

One of very the few PG-13 horrors that actually does scare me, because it feels realistic, it feels adult, and it feels like there is real weight and dramatic implications.

October 15, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A classy 'boo!' movie for those who like their horror polite.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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I'll give him credit there, but I'll also take it away just as quickly for never getting me to actually care. In fact, the only thing exorcised by The Exorcism of Emily Rose was my interest.

September 24, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While the melting demon-people are a nifty, unsettling touch, this alleged battle for the soul of mankind is in reality more of a sidewalk scuffle between a pair of legal eagles.

September 18, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Very scary stuff. And as a courtroom drama, very effective.

September 12, 2005

A pedantic supernatural hybrid of Inherit the Wind and Audrey Rose.

September 10, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit medieval beliefs into skeptical modern times and she as the atheist legal eagle he needs most to convince. Not boring.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so that's a positive at least.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon The Exorcist. What may be interesting to know though is that there's a true story behind this, that also became the inspiration for said classic. It is by many believed to be genuine, and as someone with personal experience of the supernatural, I have to admit that I'm a believer as well. Anyway, aside from the real-life mysteries upon which it is founded, this is a horror film that really hits the mark. Jennifer Carpenter is exceptionally convincing and there's creepiness in the plenty that will have your nerves working overtime. Expect your electrical bill to go up a tad, if you catch my drift. Because this is one movie you don't wanna be watching alone in a dark room. That's what I did, and I'm deeply regretting it now.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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