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"The Exorcist" from 1973 remains one of the greatest horror movies of all time,  and provided a template for an entire genre of demonic-possession films. Unfortunately, none of the "Exorcist" sequels and prequels hold a candle to the original, and that trend seems to continue with the newest offering — "The Exorcist: Believer."

As of this writing, the newest installment of the franchise has a 24% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes from 70 reviews. This officially puts it as the third-lowest-rated "Exorcist" film in history, right above 1977's "Exorcist II: The Heretic" (9%) and 2004's "Exorcist: The Beginning" (11%). 

Rotten Tomatoes cuts 1990's "The Exorcist III" (58%) a little more slack. And while 30% is usually considered an abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score, it makes 2005's "Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist" one of the most successful films of its accursed kind. After decades of misguided attempts to live up to the legacy of "The Exorcist," maybe Hollywood should move on to a different horror franchise? Especially considering how, depending on how other reviews shake out, the most recent movie's score could continue plummeting lower than the depths of hell itself. 

The consensus appears to be that "The Exorcist: Believer" doesn't do anything more interesting or unique than its predecessors. Reviewers weren't kind, with William Bibbiani of The Wrap writing, "It's not ambitious enough to be interesting, nor is it powerful enough to get under the skin. It evades serious discussions of faith and uses the underlying depth of the series as a basis for little more than fan service and generic plot." With reviews like that, it's looking like this is one horror series that's better off dead. 

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Even the return of Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil from the original "Exorcist" isn't enough to save the newest sequel. "The Exorcist: Believer" apparently throws a lot at the wall, hoping for something to stick and make it stand out and feel like it's moving the franchise forward. There are two girls possessed instead of just one, and several different belief systems are put to the test. But for critics like Dylan Roth of Observer,  nothing comes together as it should. "'Believer' is a film wherein everyone's effort — effort to underline a message, effort to deliver a nuanced performance, effort to be visually interesting, effort to shock the audience — is all a little too visible on screen," he wrote.

Looper's own Alistair Ryder gave credit where it's due, saying how "The Exorcist: Believer" does a good job of building up dread without relying on cheap jump scares. Even then, it can't help but feel like a pale imitation. "In a world where 'The Exorcist' doesn't exist, this film's strengths could be more deeply appreciated — but this isn't that world, and this new film's flaws are only more accentuated due to how much they'll be compared to the earlier film's strengths."

Such a reception doesn't bode well for the future of the franchise. "The Exorcist: Believer" is the first film in a planned trilogy, with the second installment, "The Exorcist: Deceiver,"  already scheduled for an April 18, 2025, release date. Of course, box office performance will likely have the biggest say in whether this new trilogy comes to fruition. For now, "The Exorcist: Believer" is scary for all the wrong reasons. 

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In his original 1973 review of " The Exorcist ," Roger Ebert wrote about how right it was to cast the role of the older priest battling evil with the great character actor Max von Sydow: "He has been through so many religious and metaphysical crises in Ingmar Bergman ’s films that he almost seems to belong on a theological battlefield the way  John Wayne  belonged on a horse." 

"The Pope's Exorcist" combines those two images by casting Russell Crowe in the lead role of Father Gabriele Amorth , a theologian, journalist, book author, and the pope's designated exorcist. Amorth is a sly, tough, wisecracking priest who approaches each new mission like a gunslinger. Instead of pistols, rifles, and hunting knives, he has an exorcism kit with crucifixes and holy water that he carries around in a case the size of a saddlebag. His horse is a red-and-white scooter that's too-small for Crowe's let-it-all-hang-out character-actor body but makes a perfect, wonderful sight gag for that reason. Amorth even has a tiny whiskey flask that he insists that he carries to ease his scratchy throat. He's written and performed like one of those wry, hard-bitten bad-asses that used to be played in 1960s Westerns by aging but still-popular action stars like  Burt Lancaster , Kirk Douglas and (yes) John Wayne. Their characters pointed out the hypocrisies of so-called civilization but defended it anyway. They'd seen it all, but could still be shocked. 

Directed by Julius Avery ("Overlord")—and very, very, very loosely inspired by a real priest whose story was told in a documentary by "Exorcist" director  William Friedkin —the film follows Amorth to a decrepit abbey in rural Spain to drive a demon from the body of a young boy. It has been marketed as a horror film, but it's more busy and impatient than creepy and scary, especially when it's cross-cutting between parallel lines of action happening in the abbey and back at the Vatican (where Franco Nero plays the pope, who knows there's more going on than a garden-variety possession). It's ultimately a theological action flick with overtones of an old-fashioned Western about an aging gunslinger who teams up with an earnest but untested younger partner (Daniel Zovatto's Father Esquibel) to save women and children from a monstrous enemy.

Alex Essoe costars as Julia, a widowed mother of two whose husband died in a car accident two years earlier, leaving her the aforementioned abbey, which she hopes to refurbish to sell and pay off family debts. Julia has a teenaged daughter named Amy (Laurel Marsden) who is rebellious in a way that would've been called "loose" at one time, and a 12-year-old son named Henry (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney) who ends up a host for supernatural evil, which manifests itself in pretty much the same way it has since Friedkin adapted William Peter Blatty's source novel: profanity, blasphemy, open sores, vomit, biting, levitation, bodies twisting in anatomically impossible ways. etc.

The opening sequence is the most original thing in the film: Amorth handles what amounts to an appetizer exorcism by trash-talking evil, inflaming its arrogance to trick it into defeating itself. The scene is just engaging enough to get our hopes up that we've been introduced to a rare original character with endless franchise potential: think James Bond in a turned-around collar, or a theological cousin of Detective Columbo, whose odd mannerisms and disheveled appearance make suspects underestimate him. There's even a postscript that makes it seem as if Amorth is joining an exorcist version of the Avengers Initiative. The producers blew an easy opportunity for applause by not ending the film with a printed title card promising "FATHER AMORTH WILL RETURN."

Unfortunately, “The Pope’s Exorcist” is a watchable but far-from-special rehash of exorcism movie cliches, with detours into a Vatican conspiracy plot that has been compared to Dan Brown's novels but half-assedly connects with church atrocities and scandals. The punchline is so convoluted and ridiculous that it seems to let the Church off the hook for the Inquisition and the pedophilia cover-up by saying, in essence, "The devil made them do it."

Crowe makes the movie worth seeing. He plays Amorth as a prideful cut-up, greeting vile taunts with a deadpan smirk and snappy answers. When the demon growls that he's Amorth's worst nightmare, Amorth replies, "My worst nightmare is France winning the World Cup." Crowe plays the character's dry, needling wit just right. He's even more appealing when he lets the audience see insecurities that the priest keeps hidden. When Father Esquibel tells Amorth that he's read his articles about possession in magazines, Amorth mentions that he writes books, too, then softly adds, "The books are good." When Avery cuts to traveling shots of Amorth puttering on highways and country roads on his scooter, the frock, collar, fedora, and sunglasses make the character iconic: coolly ridiculous, ridiculously cool.

One can imagine rewatching bits and pieces of the movie just to savor Crowe's performance and his co-stars' awed responses to it. Crowe has been so good for so long that he glides through this role as if he has nothing to prove (even though the character does). He goofs around and adds surprising little gestures and reactions to enliven a scene. But he never goes so far that he seems to be making fun of the movie. When Amorth discloses his own spiritual torment in a series of flashbacks, Crowe plays it straight, suffering and writhing as if he's imagining that he's in an Ingmar Bergman movie. He seems to be at roughly the same career point that Paul Newman arrived at in the early 1970s when his hair went silver and he lost most of his vanity. He's not suffering for his art anymore. Even when a scene is serious, he's having fun.

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From a business perspective, at least, The Exorcist: Believer is suddenly looking scary.

The first film in a planned horror trilogy, Exorcist: Believer is getting rather poor reviews — scoring only a 28 22 20 23 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s hardly unusual for Exorcist films to leave critics unimpressed. The franchise may have launched with William Friedkin’s acclaimed 1973 classic, but none of its four previous sequels received much acclaim.

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The film has been tracking for a good weekend opening — a potential franchise best, actually — of $30 million to $35 million. It’s unclear if the reviews, which were published today, will impact ticket sales; horror films are often review-proof. The tracking is on par with the opening of New Line’s recently released The Nun 2 . Yet as producer Jason Blum pointed out to IndieWire in March, The Exorcist: Believer needs to generate some head-spinning box office returns. Blum’s 2018 reboot of the Halloween franchise (which, like Believer , was also directed by David Gordon Green) opened to $77 million.

“The riskiest movie I have ever made for sure is not out yet,” said Blum ( M3GAN , Get Out , The Black Phone ), who is regarded as the most prolific and successful horror hitmaker working today. “It’s  The Exorcist . Just because it’s so expensive. Usually the bar to success on everything we do because it’s inexpensive is incredibly low. For  The Exorcist , it’s high.”

The film centers on Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.), whose daughter (Lidya Jewett) and her friend (Olivia Marcum) become possessed. Ellen Burstyn also returns to the franchise in her first appearance since the original film.

The Believer reviews follow the latest offering in the low-budget Saw franchise, Lionsgate’s Saw X , scoring 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and A24’s similarly modestly priced horror title Talk to Me getting a 94 percent “Fresh” rating. Yet neither title came close to the $30 million domestic opening weekend revenue that’s predicted for Believer and was scored by The Nun 2 — which received only a 52 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Director Green has been attached to helm the next film, The Exorcist: Deceiver , which is planned for 2025, and a third, as-yet-untitled film. In The Hollywood Reporter’ s review , critic David Rooney predicted, “Any love you had for David Gordon Green’s attempts to reanimate John Carpenter’s game-changing Halloween  franchise will probably more or less correspond to your feelings about  The Exorcist: Believer .”

The new Exorcist sequels might be less dependent on the first entry being a major hit than other franchises — like, for example, superhero movies — because fans are accustomed to horror movie franchises being hit-or-miss, and the Exorcist brand goes back decades.

The prospect of Believer potentially underperforming has to bring to mind the specter of another expensive attempt by Universal to launch a multifilm, horror-inspired franchise — its canceled Dark Universe classic monsters franchise, which kicked off with 2017’s The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise.

Still, Universal executives might want to say a few prayers.

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“The Exorcist ” universe will continue to expand thanks to “ Doctor Sleep ” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” visionary Mike Flanagan .

Flanagan has signed on to write, direct and produce what’s described as a “radical new take” on “The Exorcist” for Blumhouse and Morgan Creek.

“’The Exorcist’ is one of the reasons I became a filmmaker, and it is an honor to have the chance to try something fresh, bold, and terrifying within its universe,” Flanagan stated. “Reuniting with my friends at Blumhouse, with whom I’ve made some of my favorite pieces of work, only makes this more exciting.”

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To note, Flanagan’s film is an all-new story, not a sequel to 2023’s “The Exorcist: Believer,” which has helmed by David Gordon Green. Green had planned to helm a trilogy of “Exorcist” movies, with a sequel “The Exorcist: Deceiver” scheduled to hit theaters in 2025, but he exited the franchise in January after “Believer” grossed $137 million globally, yet underperformed with critics.

“Mike’s voice and vision are indispensable for horror fans and we are excited to welcome him back to Blumhouse,” said Blumhouse founder and CEO Jason Blum. “I immediately responded to Mike’s new take on the world of ‘The Exorcist’ and can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”

Added Morgan Creek chairman and CEO David Robinson: “It’s an honor to be working with Mike. I think his vision for this franchise is going to stun audiences worldwide, and I could not be more excited to be working with him, Trevor, Jason and the entire Blumhouse team.

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It’s hard to pick the most surreal part of Julius Avery’s new horror film. It could be that the main character is based on the very real Rev. Gabriele Amorth , who used to be the Vatican’s chief exorcist (in a head-spinning twist, William Friedkin, the director of “The Exorcist,” once made a documentary about him ). Or maybe it’s that Father Amorth is portrayed as an espresso-drinking, scooter-riding maverick by Russell Crowe in one of his most engaging performances in years. He is dispatched by the Pope (the cult Italian actor Franco Nero) to an isolated Spanish abbey where a young boy, Henry (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney), has started producing ungodly growls, changing colors and shapes, and making inappropriate moves on his mother (Alex Essoe, a Mike Flanagan horror regular).

Amorth has his work cut out for him, but luckily he is paired with the inexperienced but game Father Esquibel (Daniel Zovatto), which adds a dollop of buddy-priest action comedy to an already genre-full plate. The two men have excellent, er, chemistry with the ancestral evil figure who has taken over Henry and is magnificently voiced by Ralph Ineson. Avery (“Samaritan”) drives the film at a pace as caffeinated as Amorth himself, and manages to incorporate legitimate scares into a plot halfway between Indiana Jones and a Dan Brown potboiler, with camp touches worthy of Ken Russell.

“The Pope’s Exorcist” ends with a shameless suggestion that there is room for a sequel or even an entire series. It is not an unwelcome prospect.

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It was recently announced that Mike Flanagan will helm the next Blumhouse Exorcist film, but the filmmaker emphasized that the upcoming movie won't contain the elongated monologues that have defined much of his previous work.

Per IndieWire , the director known for Doctor Sleep and Netflix's Midnight Mass , shared some concerns that studio executives had about his trademark monologues at a panel for the ATX TV Festival. "Part of what I said to Blumhouse and Universal when we were discussing this was I don’t think this is a monologue project ," Flanagan remarked. "The ritual itself is something of a monologue, but we’ve seen that. We’ve seen somebody shout prayers at somebody. That was scary 50 years ago, I don’t see that working here." He further added that his take on the iconic franchise "should just be really scary. "

Mike Flanagan to Direct 'Radical New Take' on The Exorcist After Blumhouse Sequel Flop

The Exorcist franchise is going in another direction with an acclaimed filmmaker after Believer flopped in theaters in 2023.

His prior work has been criticized by some for relying too much on dialogue, but Flanagan's vision for the upcoming Exorcist film appears to be keeping the monologues to a minimum. This was a pivotal talking point in the negotiations he had with Blumhouse and Universal. He paraphrased the concerns the studio executives had, saying, " A lot of the audiences who will come see this likely haven’t seen the original, and aren’t going to be impressed by any allusions to that. So this isn’t really where you want to do the long monologues about religion ."

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The original plan was for a new Exorcist trilogy, directed by David Gordon Green, who had also revamped the Halloween franchise with its own trilogy. However, The Exorcist: Believer was a box office disappointment for Blumhouse, falling short of their projections despite being the highest-grossing film in the franchise. It was also met with less than flattering critical response, receiving a dismal 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. This caused Blumhouse to change course and bring in Flanagan to help steer the franchise in a new direction.

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Flanagan was the perfect solution to the problem, as he has had proven success in the horror genre. His recent ventures like Midnight Mass , The Haunting of Hill House , and Doctor Sleep have all been met with positive critical response. However, Doctor Sleep was not exactly a smash hit at the box office either, so the jury remains out on whether Flanagan can meet the lofty expectations Blumhouse and Universal have for the franchise.

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The mindless and hysterical banality of the evil presented in The Exorcist is the most terrifying thing about the film. The Americans should cer­tainly know more about evil than that; if they pre­tend otherwise, they are lying.

Full Review | May 1, 2024

The Exorcist more conspicuously pushed into the mainstream a hitherto disreputable genre.

Full Review | Jan 2, 2024

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Seminal and important for good reasons.

Full Review | Oct 12, 2023

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Perhaps the most influential American horror movie ever made, The Exorcist was a Rorschach test when it came out. Fifty years later, it still sticks with us.

Full Review | Oct 6, 2023

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The scariest movie ever made...

Full Review | Sep 30, 2023

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This film's ponderings about the nature of good and evil still merit consideration today. It also features some wonderful performances from Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow and, especially, a then pre-adolescent Linda Blair.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Sep 29, 2023

The movie moves at a pace that is unheard of today; a good hour and a quarter pass before the word "exorcism" is even mentioned. Yet it weaves a frightening spell right from the get-go.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Sep 29, 2023

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The Exorcist remains an exceptionally well-made, thoughtful film, enacted by a first-rate cast and displaying an almost masterful interplay between the humdrum and the horrific.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Sep 29, 2023

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Friedkin performed a similar alchemy to that of Francis Ford Coppola [with The Godfather]: He took a good, pulpy novel and turned it into a great, enduring movie.

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Some parts are bound to be greeted by unintentional laughter today, the result of countless parodies over the years. Still, The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to invade your nightmares.

The Exorcist accomplishes what so few horrormeisters save Stephen King have managed: It sets sin and salvation not in the realm of graveyards and goblins, but in day-to-day life.

Full Review | Sep 29, 2023

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By the end, after the priests had finished their battle for Regan MacNeil's body and soul, I expected to see my frigid breath hanging in the air.

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The Exorcist has dated little, and its essential premise makes it still one of the most modern of horror films. The monster isn't lurking out there. It resides in us, even in the most banal vessel imaginable, a sweet schoolgirl.

The tension is created by brilliant direction, tight editing, hydraulics, Linda Blair's makeup and the voice of the Prince of Darkness that chills the spine and showers the body with goosebumps. The acting in this dark movie is flawless, too.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Sep 29, 2023

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It is carefully constructed, filled with nuance, designed to build fear one minute at a time. There can be no escape, no break, just the horror unfolding before your eyes.

A horror film for grown-ups, paced out carefully, graced by much emotional subtlety and a spirit of intelligent questioning that never lets the viewer of any or no religious persuasion slip into complacency.

Spewing from Blair's 12-year-old mouth via McCambridge's distressed larynx, the script's sexual obscenities are shocking enough to accomplish the virtually impossible and restore the potency of the four-letter word.

The Exorcist is a masterful movie three decades later because it was made by filmmakers who had something to say and who knew when to use restraint and when to entertain and when to burrow under your skin.

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Where previously it was an appalling subversion of good taste, subtlety, exposure to Ouija boards and the Catholic stigma of divorce, it now seems clumsy and adolescent.

It's still jolting. It's great shock theater.

Full Review | Sep 28, 2023

The Worst Saw Movie Has An Embarrassingly Low Score On Rotten Tomatoes

Saw The Final Chapter

Ah, the "Saw" franchise. What started off as a tight little low-budget horror film blossomed into an entire saga that ushered in what some folks consider to be the "torture porn" era of horror movies . The "Saw" franchise is actually somehow still kicking — after the not-very-good "Spiral: From the Book of Saw," the series rebounded nicely with last year's surprisingly good "Saw X. " A new sequel, " Saw XI," is on the way, due out next year . Why do they keep making these movies? The answer is simple: people keep watching them. There was a time when Lionsgate had a new "Saw" movie ready to go almost every Halloween season, and that approach brought out the crowds. It got to the point where they adopted the clumsy tagline "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." 

While audiences have continued to turn out for "Saw" and its many death traps, critics haven't always been kind to the series. Heck, even the first film in the saga, which is arguably the best, sits at a "rotten" 50% on Rotten Tomatoes . In fact, every single entry in the franchise  except "Saw X" has a "rotten" status from critics . But there's one film in the series that has the lowest rating. Can you guess what it is? 

Saw: The Final Chapter: the worst Saw movie?

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the worst "Saw" movie is "Saw: The Final Chapter," which is also known as "Saw 3D" (the film arrived during the big 3D revival spurred on by "Avatar"). Of course, while this movie was marketed as "The Final Chapter" in 2010, the series would revive itself in 2017 with "Jigsaw." You just can't keep this franchise down. While "Saw 3D/The Final Chapter" was a box office hit, critics were not kind to the movie, making it the lowest-rated "Saw" film (it sits at a woeful 9% on Rotten Tomatoes ). 

In this entry, a self-help guru who claims he survived Jigsaw's traps finds himself targeted by Hoffman, a rogue cop who is Jigsaw's apprentice. Also on board: Cary Elwes, returning as Dr. Gordon, the character he played in the first film. Gordon's fate was left up in the air in the original "Saw," but "3D/The Final Chapter" shows us what happened to him and where he is now. But none of this was enough to win over critics. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus: "Sloppily filmed, poorly acted, and illogically plotted, Saw 3D leaves viewers trapped in the most lackluster installment of the series." Ouch. 

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In honor of Pride, Rotten Tomatoes is highlighting LGBTQIA+ voices in our Pride Month hub . As part of the celebration, we’re spotlighting some of the work our Archival Curation team does to bring more LGBTQIA+ critics and publications from history onto the Tomatometer.

LGBTQ+ people are everywhere — our family members, teammates, and the icons who inspire us to be our fullest, most disruptive, and most compassionate selves. The culture-makers celebrated in this article include major producers, prolific authors, and loud advocates for queer folks’ abilities to exist proudly in public. Their laurels range from awards recognition to poignant places in the queer canon, but they all have one thing in common: They love and wrote passionately about the movies!

Each of these figures from the past and the present is a testament to our longevity and complexity — to the truths that we deserve to exist, to have our stories told, and to live outside the boundaries that attempt to limit us.

B. Ruby Rich

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The author of New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Movement , B. Ruby Rich is an icon of film criticism. She coined the term “New Queer Cinema” in 1992 to describe the rise in visibility for queer films at festivals like Sundance, where she held the first panel dedicated specifically to queerness.

“The new queer films and videos aren’t all the same,” Rich wrote — nor are they the first LGBTQ+ stories ever told on screen — but they are “nonetheless united by a common style… appropriation and pastiche, irony, as well as a reworking of history… Above all, they’re full of pleasure. They’re here, they’re queer, get hip to them.”

By spotlighting independent releases and charting the history of queer movies, Rich made (and continues to make) queerness visible. She draws attention to lineages of queer storytelling and subcultures. She holds space for dual truths: that queer people belong, and that there is euphoria to be found in shared otherness, in spoiling the norms.

Rich continues to write reviews and essays, is the Editor-at-Large of Film Quarterly (the oldest film journal in America), and is Professor Emerita of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. In 2012, she was awarded the Frameline Award for her remarkable contributions to LGBTQ+ representation.

84% Mulholland Dr. (2001) Fresh: “If, in the end, Mulholland Drive is too clever by half, no matter. Lynch’s superb command of mise en scène makes his images and situations their own reward, rendering even the simplest gesture creepy and imbuing any innocence with evil.” — The Nation , November 2001

James Baldwin (1924 – 1987)

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James Baldwin was an author, essayist, and cultural critic. His observations about race — Black experiences, whiteness, and how racism underlies every system and informs every social interaction in the United States — are poignant records of history and the present.

Baldwin is the type of writer whose voice echoes in your head while you read his prose, fortified by his presence on television appearances on WGBH and the BBC . Whether in his novels, such as Giovanni’s Room or If Beale Street Could Talk , or his essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time , Baldwin articulates otherness with such deep empathy. Passion, isolation, rage, and love resonate on every page.

While much of Baldwin’s writing was personal, The Devil Finds Work dances between diaristic reflections on his own childhood and sharp critiques of influential movies, including The Defiant Ones (1958), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), and The Exorcist (1973).

78% The Exorcist (1973) Rotten: “The mindless and hysterical banality of the evil presented in The Exorcist is the most terrifying thing about the film. The Americans should cer­tainly know more about evil than that; if they pre­tend otherwise, they are lying.” — The Devil Finds Work , 1976

James Hannaham

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(Photo by Photo by Isaac Fitzgerald, courtesy of James Hannaham.)

James Hannaham is an award-winning author and visual artist. His first novel, God Says No , was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and celebrated by the American Library Association; it follows a young Black Christian man wrestling with love, expectations, queerness, and religion.

He has published three additional novels as well as short fiction and reviewed film for Out Magazine , Salon , and The Village Voice , as a born-and-raised New Yorker. In the 1990s, he cofounded the Elevator Repair Service theater ensemble.

Hannaham’s 2015 novel Delicious Foods was celebrated with a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a professor of Creative Writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

94% Three Kings (1999) Fresh: “[David O.] Russell’s manic vision of modern warfare and slice-up critique of American foreign policy even provide something Kubrick sometimes lacked — a sense of humor.” — Out Magazine , October 1999

Jeanne Córdova (1948 – 2016)

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(Photo by Photo by Lynn Ballen, courtesy of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.)

A fierce advocate and prolific author, Jeanne Córdova founded not one but two lesbian magazines in her lifetime: The Lesbian Tide , the first national lesbian paper of record, and Square Peg Magazine . She wrote three books, contributed to more than a dozen anthologies, and founded an LGBT directory called The Community Yellow Pages in 1981.

Córdova dedicated her life to building intersectional spaces in the LGBTQ+ community. She organized online and marched to advocate for lesbian, butch, feminist, and Latina visibility — and documented that fight in her magazines, as well as her 2011 memoir When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution . Her journalistic and personal writing reflect an essential record of queer life.

With her memoirs, “Córdova illumines what it was to be young and lesbian at a time when there were no models except the ones we created ourselves,” wrote Victoria Brownworth, journalist and friend of Córdova’s, in her obituary for Lambda Literary .

80% Cleopatra Jones (1973) Rotten: “Take your $3.00 and go buy some sticks and poster board and stand outside and picket. That’s the only potentially feminist contribution of Cleopatra Jones .” — The Lesbian Tide , September 1973

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(Photo by Photo courtesy of Malinda Lo.)

Malinda Lo is an advocate and award-winning author of young adult novels. She got her start as a contributor for an online lesbian-centric culture magazine and later contributed to Curve magazine. Lo founded Diversity in YA in 2011 to celebrate intersectional storytelling and advocate for stories featuring characters of color, characters with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ characters. Her first novel, Ash , reimagines Cinderella as a lesbian teenager who falls in love with the King’s huntress.

Inspired by the 1950s lesbian bars near Chinatown in San Francisco, Lo wrote the historical novel Last Night at the Telegraph Club . It follows Lily, the teenage daughter of Chinese immigrants, as she explores her identity and community and discovers drag king culture. Last Night at the Telegraph Club won the National Book Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Its follow-up, A Scatter of Light , takes place decades later, when same-sex marriage was legalized in California.

Lo is a fervent advocate against book bans, which have targeted several of her works since 2021.

64% Red Doors (2005) Fresh: “It is a new kind of Asian-American film, one that doesn’t deal with immigrant identity issues but focuses instead on how these damaged individuals come to terms with each other and their imperfect, but loving, family.” — Curve , September 2006

Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)

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Perhaps known equally for vibrancy and prickliness, Quentin Crisp was an artist, actor, and author. Crisp’s wardrobe was theatrical — colorful scarves, dramatic curls — buoyed by thick eyeliner and sharp brows that exaggerated expressive eyes. Among Crisp’s film credits are roles as a Pageant Judge in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and Queen Elizabeth I in Orlando , as well as cameos in Philadelphia and Sting’s “Englishman in New York” music video (later dedicated to Crisp).

In an autobiography published in 2017 titled The Last Word , Crisp identified as transgender publicly for the first time: “I never came ‘out’ as transgender or gay because I was never ‘in’ and I’ve never known anything except the life I have.”

Crisp was inspirational for generations of gender-nonconforming LGBTQ+ people and holds a significant place in LGBTQ+ history for living loudly despite regular threats of violence. John Hurt, Boy George, and Rob Halford have cited Crisp as an influence on their work.

80% The Client (1994) Fresh: “The film is hideously colored. The mere look of it sets the mood. It only gets darker as danger increases, and everyone becomes more deliciously beastly. I loved every minute of it.” — Christopher Street , November 1994

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(Photo by Photo by Reginald Cunningham, courtesy of Roxane Gay.)

Roxane Gay is a prolific cultural critic and award-winning author. Among her laurels is an Eisner Award for her comic book series Black Panther: World of Wakanda , a Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Literature honoring Hunger , and a Guggenheim Fellowship, to name a few.

Gay’s works confront the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, autonomy, and — to use her words — “unruly bodies.” Her nonfiction works include the best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist and her deeply moving memoir Hunger , as well as columns for Guardian and more recently the New York Times . She edited the anthology titled Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture , authored a short fiction anthology titled Difficult Women , and her first book was a novel called An Untamed State . She is a visiting professor at Yale University.

65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) Fresh: “ Magic Mike XXL is Oscar worthy, especially for sound design and the shameless exposure of taut male abdominal muscles.” — The Toast, July 2015

Ryan Murphy

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Before helming some of the most influential television series of the 21st century, Ryan Murphy was a journalist who reviewed movies for the Miami Herald . He launched his television career by co-creating and co-producing the teen dramedy series Popular , followed by the medical drama Nip/Tuck , which earned Murphy his first Emmy nomination.

Murphy is the creator of Glee , moments from which are no-doubt inspired by his teenage years spent at choir practice. Glee was a phenomenon for theatre kids, and while somewhat controversial, it remains a staple for representing stories of LGBTQ+ youth on broadcast television.

Alongside Steven Canals and Brad Falchuk, Murphy co-created the FX drama series Pose , which follows the New York City ballroom culture in the 1980s and ‘90s — a subculture where Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ communities form chosen families, perform, and care for each other. The series was a landmark in trans storytelling and AIDS visibility, earning numerous Emmy nominations and two wins for stars Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Billy Porter.

75% Music Box (1989) Fresh: “[Jessica] Lange without angst is like Tyson without punch. She’s the era’s Sarah Bernhardt, a tragedienne with soignee soul. In Music Box … Lange is at her furrowed-brow best.” — Miami Herald , January 1990

Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004)

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Susan Sontag was a cultural critic, author, and public intellectual. Her 1964 essay “Notes on Camp” remains an influential framework through which explicitly and implicitly queer-coded performances are understood in American culture. In Sontag’s view, “camp” could be an aesthetic and stylistic (as much about a character’s outfit as it might be about their delivery and mannerisms) approach that exaggerates — and thereby draws attention to — whatever is considered “normal.” She wrote about politics (as well as a-politicism), style, visual cultures, and their social implications.

In addition to her writing, Sontag was an anti-war activist, vocally opposed the Vietnam War. In 2003, she published Regarding the Pain of Others , which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. The book traces the history of war photography and the influences that violent imagery have on a society’s capacity for empathy (or lack thereof).

94% Berlin Alexanderplatz: Season 1 Fresh: “In Berlin Alexanderplatz , cinema, that hybrid art, has at last achieved some of the dilatory, open form and accumulative power of the novel by being as long as it is — and by being theatrical.” – Vanity Fair , September 1983

A special thank you to Tim Ryan, who enthusiastically lead curation and research with for this and all of Rotten Tomatoes’ Archival Pride features since 2018. “Everybody to the limit!”

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Jason Statham's Worst-Rated Rotten Tomatoes Movie Is Part Of A Shocking 18-Year Director Streak

  • In the Name of the King is Jason Statham's lowest-rated movie, with a paltry 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Despite its abundance of errors, the film still inspired a sequel and established a modest legacy.
  • Uwe Boll's streak of critical failures lasted 18 years, with In the Name of the King just a small part.

Jason Statham 's lowest-rated Rotten Tomatoes movie is a badge of dishonor for the action superstar, but the film is just a small part of a much longer streak. A veteran of high-profile projects like Fast and Furious , The Expendables , and The Transporter series, Statham is widely recognized as one of the most popular genre stars working today. Despite this record of success, however, Statham has not been immune from failure. In fact, as his lowest-rated movie proves, he has previously proved more than capable of choosing some seriously questionable projects.

Although he has shown more consistency in recent years, Statham's early career is pockmarked by misfires . Alongside early independent hits like Snatch , for example, Statham also starred in critical and commercial failures like the Ja Rule vehicle Turn It Up (10% on Rotten Tomatoes). Even when his action career began in earnest with 2002's The Transporter , he was still following up hits with bombs such as Statham's Guy Ritchie collaboration Revolver (15% on Rotten Tomatoes). However, while these films and others like them remain low points in Statham's now-established career, one film ranks lower than any other.

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In The Name Of The King Is Jason Statham's Lowest-Rated Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

It holds a critics score of 4%.

With a critical score of just 4% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Jason Statham's action fantasy flick In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is the actor's lowest-rated movie of all time . Although it's comparatively close to second place on the ignominious list (2010's 13 – sitting at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes), the 2007 movie stands out for its comparatively large budget (estimated at $60 million), stacked cast (including the likes of Ron Perlman, John Rhys-Davies, and Ray Liotta), and popular video game source material. While these factors could have come together to create something magical, In the Name of the King was a disaster.

The movie sees Jason Statham take on the role of the mysterious Farmer , a peasant who discovers that he is the long-lost son of the king. This thrusts him into a desperate struggle for the throne, where he is forced to reckon with his true destiny whilst trying to save his kidnapped family. It's a story redolent of many of the most popular epic fantasy adventures. Unfortunately, in this instance, the film falls completely flat.

As the Rotten Tomatoes consensus explains, In the Name of the King suffered from " mostly wooden performances, laughable dialogue, and shoddy production values ." Unsurprisingly, this assessment did not endear the film to audiences. In the Name of the King made just $13.1 million at the global box office , while its audience score on Rotten Tomatoes sits at a disappointing 22%. All this unquestionably marks the movie out as the nadir of Statham's impressive film career . And yet, for all the effect it had on Statham In the Name of the King was just part of another, much more alarming streak for the film's director.

In The Name Of The King Is Part Of Uwe Boll's Terrible Rotten Tomatoes Streak

It lasted for 18 years.

Whilst In the Name of the King is a low watermark for many otherwise reputable actors, it represents just a small fraction of one of the worst critical streaks in film history, courtesy of its German director, Uwe Boll. One of the most notorious auteurs in the industry, Boll began his career in the early 90s with a string of off-beat horror and comedy movies, such as Amoklauf and German Fried Movie . He then focused on the horror genre, before establishing himself as the most prolific adapter of video games in the industry – in which In the Name of the King was a cornerstone.

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Without context, Boll's career seems fairly unremarkable – if slightly unorthodox. However, in one of the most surprising streaks in Rotten Tomatoes history, none of the films made in the first 18 years of the director's career secured a positive " Fresh " rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result, while a film like In the Name of the King was an aberration for many of the cast, its performance was almost par for the course as far as Boll was concerned.

...despite In the Name of the King 's poor reputation, it is perhaps perversely not as embarrassing an outlier as it might be for other filmmakers.

Amazingly, In the Name of the King is not the worst-rated film in Boll's career. His infamous 2005 action-horror flick Alone in the Dark holds a rare 1% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , with the critical consensus declaring it " Inept on almost every level ". Likewise, Boll's 2003 video game movie debut, House of the Dead , holds just 3% on the site – a then low-point in the director's filmography. As a result, despite In the Name of the King 's poor reputation, it is – perhaps perversely – not as embarrassing an outlier as it might be for other filmmakers.

Despite Its Terrible Reviews, In The Name Of The King Was Still A (Partial) Success

It left a surprising legacy.

Beyond the fact that it is not the worst movie in Boll's career, In the Name of the King has other surprising attributes. Despite bombing with both critics and cinema-goers, the movie managed to find enough of an audience to justify a sequel . In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds came out in 2010 and received an equally poor critical response – despite the star power of Dolph Lundgren. A second sequel followed in 2014, meaning that In the Name of the King spawned a modest fantasy action franchise – despite its poor reputation.

Admittedly, none of the two sequels that followed the original enjoyed any notable critical or financial success. Both were released directly on DVD and Blu-Ray, unlike the first movie – which had a limited theatrical run. Nevertheless, it's clear that In the Name of the King proved popular enough to establish a small but significant legacy – a noteworthy achievement for Jason Statham's lowest-rated movie.

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Has Uwe Boll Ever Made A Good Movie?

His career has been hit and miss.

In no small part thanks to the reputation of his video game movies, Uwe Boll has been generally ridiculed by critics . In fact, such is the perceived animosity between Boll and professional review writers that the director has even threatened to fight those who slander his work in a series of licensed boxing matches. However, despite the popular perception that critics universally despite his films, the picture is actually much more complicated.

The reason Boll's Rotten Tomatoes streak is technically only 18 years long is that his 2009 action movie Rampage is technically 100%-rated on the site – albeit from just two professional reviews. However, the fact that its audience score sits at a respectable 51% indicates that the movie is a vast improvement on efforts like In the Name of the King . Similarly, his political thriller Darfur even won Best International Film at New York International Independent Film and Video Festival , further underscoring his credentials. As a result, while his collaboration with Jason Statham remains a miscalculation from both parties, Boll is far from a total failure.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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Robert downey jr. likely just lost his $1 billion franchise after 13 years of development hell, 2019 romantic comedy is getting a horror sequel.

  • Mike Flanagan will direct a new Exorcist movie, but not a Believer sequel due to its poor reviews and box office.
  • It is said to be a "radical new take" on the Exorcist franchise.
  • Most details are currently under wraps.

Horror fan favorite writer-director Mike Flanagan will helm a new Exorcist movie, which will not be a sequel to last year's Believer. The iconic franchise was revived in late 2023 with David Gordon Green's The Exorcist: Believer , a legacy sequel and reboot that was meant to kickstart a new franchise in the same vain as his Halloween legacy sequel trilogy. However, poor reviews and an underwhelming box office total halted those plans, and the sequel The Exorcist: Deceiver was pulled from its planned release date amid major creative overhauls.

Now, Blumhouse confirms Flanagan will direct what is being called a " radical new take " on the Exorcist franchise . Specifics of what that means are currently being kept under wraps, but it will not be The Exorcist: Deceiver . As the director of this new iteration of the franchise, Flanagan will be returning to the fold at Blumhouse, where he made several of his early horror movies, including 2016's Hush and 2013's Oculus . Flanagan said in a statement:

The Exorcist is one of the reasons I became a filmmaker, and it is an honor to have the chance to try something fresh, bold, and terrifying within its universe. Reuniting with my friends at Blumhouse, with whom I’ve made some of my favorite pieces of work, only makes this more exciting.

Mike Flanagan Is The Perfect Person To Turn The Exorcist Around

The horror director has made a career out of defying franchise expectations.

Blumhouse reuniting with Flanagan could be very good news for their upcoming Exorcist movies . The filmmaker has already proven his ability to rehabilitate one of their horror franchises when he took on a prequel to Blumhouse's poorly-reviewed horror hit Ouija , a movie that had a major Rotten Tomatoes splat, but nevertheless grossed $103.6 million against a small budget of roughly $5 million. He turned the follow-up into a critical smash that massively outdid the original. Below, see how the Rotten Tomatoes scores compare for both movies:

Although audiences were less warm on Origin of Evil than critics, who gave it a Certified Fresh score, Flanagan's take on the material nevertheless earned more than twice the original movie's user score. Since then, the filmmaker has taken on more and more beloved source material for his successful horror projects, winning over audiences with unlikely features, including the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep and the Netflix miniseries The Haunting of Hill House , which adapted the Shirley Jackson novel that was adapted into the 1963 Robert Wise classic The Haunting .

Other Mike Flanagan Netflix horrors that succeeded despite legendary source material include The Haunting of Bly Manor (adapting Henry James' The Turn of the Screw ) and The Fall of the House of Usher (loosely adapting the Poe story). With this proven track record of handling classic horror properties with care, Flanagan may be the perfect filmmaker to tackle The Exorcist . It remains to be seen if audiences respond to the new movie in the same way as some of his previous well-received projects, but his name being attached could quite easily help clear any negative reactions stirred up by Believer .

Source: THR

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The Exorcist is a supernatural horror film based on the novel released in 1971 and was directed by William Friedkin. When a young girl is passed by a powerful demon, two Catholic priests are brought to her home to attempt an exorcism to expunge the demon. 

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  1. The Exorcist: Believer

    The Exorcist: Believer earns points for trying to take the franchise back to its terrifying roots, but a lack of new ideas -- and scares -- make this an inauspicious start to a planned new trilogy ...

  2. The Exorcist: Believer

    Just as he did with the Halloween franchise, writer-director David Gordon Green has rebooted The Exorcist with a new retconning legacy sequel called The Exorcist: Believer, and unfortunately it's no saving grace.The first reviews of the movie celebrate Leslie Odom Jr. as the lead, and there are some recommendations to be found, but otherwise, the 50-years-later follow-up is being called a ...

  3. The Exorcist

    78% Tomatometer 176 Reviews 87% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan ...

  4. The Exorcist: Believer movie review (2023)

    Powered by JustWatch. "The Exorcist: Believer" is a pretty good movie that's so stuffed with characters and not-quite-developed ideas that you may come away from it thinking about what it could have been instead. Directed and co-written by David Gordon Green, who recently oversaw a trilogy of "Halloween" sequels, it focuses on the simultaneous ...

  5. The Exorcist

    The Exorcist (1973) Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow. Director: William Friedkin. Watchlist. This horror franchise, spawned from the William Peter Blatty novel and iconic film ...

  6. The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

    The Exorcist: Believer: Directed by David Gordon Green. With Lafortune Joseph, Leslie Odom Jr., Gastner Legerme, Tracey Graves. When two girls disappear into the woods and return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, the father of one girl seeks out Chris MacNeil, who's been forever altered by what happened to her daughter fifty years ago.

  7. The Exorcist: Believer

    The Exorcist: Believer is a 2023 American supernatural horror film directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Sattler from a story by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Green.The sixth installment in The Exorcist franchise, it serves as a direct sequel to The Exorcist (1973). The film stars Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, Olivia O'Neill in her film debut, Jennifer ...

  8. What Critics And Fans Are Saying About The Exorcist: Believer

    At the time of writing, the film has a critics' score of only 25% on Rotten Tomatoes after 64 reviews. In his own review for /Film, Witney Seibold wrote, "'The Exorcist: Believer' is as haphazard ...

  9. The Exorcist: Believer Reviews and Rotten Tomatoes Score

    The new Exorcist movie follows Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.), who has raised his daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett), on his own after the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 ...

  10. The Exorcist: Believer's Rotten Tomatoes Score Proves The ...

    As of this writing, the newest installment of the franchise has a 24% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes from 70 reviews. This officially puts it as the third-lowest-rated "Exorcist" film in ...

  11. Exorcist: Believer's Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Is In

    The Exorcist: Believer has received mixed reviews from the audience, with a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 55%. While the audience score is higher than the critic score of 23%, it falls short of reaching the "Fresh" threshold. The movie is the first in a planned trilogy, featuring both familiar and new characters.

  12. The Exorcist Returns With New Trilogy, and More Movie News

    GET OUT THE PEA SOUP - THE EXORCIST COMING BACK IN NEW TRILOGY (Photo by Universal.) A great deal has been written over the last 40+ years about what a gamechanger Jaws was in 1975, but that also basically overshadows the film from two years earlier which even more so redefined what a "horror film" could be: The Exorcist.Warner Bros kept trying to replicate the success of The Exorcist ...

  13. Weekend Box Office Results: The Exorcist: Believer ...

    The Exorcist: Believer currently sits at 22% on the Tomatometer. Horror films that have opened over $20 million with Tomatometer scores below 30% in the month of October include Annabelle, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw 3-D, Paranormal Activity 4, Dracula Untold, and The Grudge 2, and they have a collective average multiple of just 2.04.

  14. The Pope's Exorcist movie review (2023)

    The Pope's Exorcist. In his original 1973 review of " The Exorcist ," Roger Ebert wrote about how right it was to cast the role of the older priest battling evil with the great character actor Max von Sydow: "He has been through so many religious and metaphysical crises in Ingmar Bergman 's films that he almost seems to belong on a ...

  15. Exorcist: Believer: Universal's $400 Million Gamble Gets Scary Reviews

    The first film in a planned horror trilogy, Exorcist: Believer is getting rather poor reviews — scoring only a 28 22 20 23 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes. It's hardly unusual for Exorcist ...

  16. The Exorcist: Believer Rotten Tomatoes Score Debuts Lower Than

    The Exorcist: Believer's Rotten Tomatoes score debuts lower than Halloween Ends as critics are panning the new horror requel. From the Halloween reboot trilogy director David Gordon Green, Believer reboots the Exorcist franchise by acting as a direct sequel to the original horror classic from 1973. Ellen Burstyn, who didn't return for any of the less successful sequels, reprises her role as ...

  17. The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Movie Reviews

    The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Fan Reviews and Ratings Powered by Rotten Tomatoes Rate Movie. Close Audience Score. The percentage of users who made a verified movie ticket purchase and rated this 3.5 stars or higher. ... (2019), Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, Evil Dead (2013), The Evil Dead (1981), The Pope's Exorcist, The Grudge 2 (2006 ...

  18. Mike Flanagan to Direct New 'The Exorcist' Movie

    The new "Exorcist" movie will be produced by longtime collaborators Trevor Macy (on behalf of Intrepid Pictures) and Flanagan (via his new Red Room Pictures banner).

  19. 'The Pope's Exorcist' Review: A Head-Spinning Genre Mash-Up

    THE POPE'S EXORCIST - Official Trailer (HD) Watch on. Amorth has his work cut out for him, but luckily he is paired with the inexperienced but game Father Esquibel (Daniel Zovatto), which adds a ...

  20. Mike Flanagan's The Exorcist Movie Is Following The Best Modern Horror

    The Exorcist: Believer wasn't the success Blumhouse needed to launch a new trilogy.While The Exorcist: Believer performed well at the box office, it was panned by critics, and it currently holds a 22% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 59% audience score. The Exorcist: Believer was called "disappointing" and "forgettable" by critics, who pointed out its lack of new ideas and ...

  21. The Pope's Exorcist

    50% Tomatometer 107 Reviews 81% Audience Score 500+ Verified Ratings Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe ...

  22. Haunting Of Hill House's Mike Flanagan officially directing next The

    However, the movie was not received well by critics and still sits with a lackluster 22% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Green then bowed out to pursue another project, and The Exorcist: Deceiver was ...

  23. Exorcist franchise gets 'radical' Mike Flanagan update

    Outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, are reporting that Flanagan has been enlisted to resurrect the Exorcist franchise. He will write, produce, and direct a new film. Blumhouse added that […]

  24. Mike Flanagan Says His Upcoming Exorcist Movie Won't Contain ...

    However, The Exorcist: Believer was a box office disappointment for Blumhouse, falling short of their projections despite being the highest-grossing film in the franchise. It was also met with less than flattering critical response, receiving a dismal 22% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  25. The Exorcist 1973 Rotten Tomatoes Score Drops After Company Adds Old

    Summary. The Exorcist's Rotten Tomatoes score has dropped 6 points to 78% after the addition of 70 new reviews, including cataloged contemporary reviews from the 1970s. Despite the score decrease, the movie remains Certified Fresh. The Exorcist, released in 1973 and based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, was a huge success, becoming the ...

  26. The Exorcist

    Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Sep 29, 2023. Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen. The tension is created by brilliant direction, tight editing, hydraulics, Linda Blair's makeup and the voice of the ...

  27. The Worst Saw Movie Has An Embarrassingly Low Score On Rotten Tomatoes

    Lionsgate. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the worst "Saw" movie is "Saw: The Final Chapter," which is also known as "Saw 3D" (the film arrived during the big 3D revival spurred on by "Avatar"). Of ...

  28. 9 LGBTQIA+ Icons You Didn't Know Were Critics

    78% The Exorcist (1973) Rotten: "The mindless and hysterical banality of the evil presented in The Exorcist is the most terrifying thing about the film. The Americans should cer­tainly know more about evil than that; if they pre­tend otherwise, they are lying.". — The Devil Finds Work, 1976.

  29. Jason Statham's Worst-Rated Rotten Tomatoes Movie Is Part Of A Shocking

    The reason Boll's Rotten Tomatoes streak is technically only 18 years long is that his 2009 action movie Rampage is technically 100%-rated on the site - albeit from just two professional reviews.

  30. Mike Flanagan Confirmed To Direct "Radical New" Exorcist Movie

    Horror fan favorite Mike Flanagan will direct a new Exorcist movie, which will not be a sequel to last year's Believer. The iconic franchise was revived in late 2023 with David Gordon Green's The Exorcist: Believer, a legacy sequel and reboot that was meant to kickstart a new franchise.However, poor reviews and an underwhelming box office total halted those plans.