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Rated PG-13 · 114 minutes · 2011

Horror, Thriller
There have been a lot of movies about demon possessions and exorcisms over the years, including a rash of low-budget, silly genre attempts. Of the recent efforts, this one might very well qualify as the best exorcism movie. That doesn’t mean the movie is all that good. It can’t hold an altar candle to the likes of The Exorcist or Evil Dead. But it is better than trash like The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose or Paranormal Activity 2. Colin O’Donoghue is rather dull as a faith-challenged priest who trains as an exorcist with a weathered and eccentric tutor stationed in Italy (Anthony Hopkins). Hopkins has some nice crazy moments, especially when his character begins to exhibit symptoms of demon possession. But the final scenes cloaking Hopkins in typical demon possession makeup and special effects do the movie in.


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Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Producer: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer, Marta Gastini, Maria Cucinotta, Arianna Veronesi, Andrea Calligari, Chris Marquette, Torrey DeVitto, Ben Cheetham and Marija Karan

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Colorado Springs Independent Specter of Lecter: The Rite A film that promises to offer Hannibal Lecter 2.0 and The Exorcist part, say, 666. by Tricia Olszewski 01/27/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, January 28 Jonathon Statham claims his place once again as a kool kat action hero, while Anthony Hopkins arrives as a creepy man of the cloth, it's all at the movies. 01/28/2011
Portland Mercury Roman Holiday The Rite bargains with the devil. And loses. by Courtney Ferguson 01/27/2011
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East Bay Express Maid in the Shade: The Housemaid and The Rite What's a worse job, cleaning house for a wicked family or exorcising demons? by Kelly Vance 02/02/2011
The Coast Halifax No faith in The Rite Based on true events or not, Anthony Hopkins stars in the same old story. by Matt Semansky 02/03/2011

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