The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • PG-13
  • 1h 59m
  • 2005
Rotten44%
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A thrilling horror film based on a true story about a single lawyer (Laura Linney), who takes on the church and the state, when she fights for the life of a priest (Tom Wilkinson), who has performed a deadly exorcism on a young woman. Linney must battle the cocky state lawyer (Campbell Scott) as well as her own demons, as she realizes that her career so far has not led her to fulfillment.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten44%
Critics 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.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

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

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Stephen Hunter
Fresh

There's no green vomit and nobody's head ever rotates a full 360; we stay in the natural world and...

June 21, 2017
USA Today
Claudia Puig
Fresh

The performances are topnotch.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
A priest is on trial following a deadly exorcism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie, despite its PG-13 rating, includes gruesome imagery, sound effects, and especially explicit references to demonic possession, animalistic behavior, self-inflicted violence, and of course, questions concerning religious faith and skepticism. The material is somewhat complex, in other words, and may be troubling and even harrowing for younger viewers. The film opens with screams on a black screen, indicating her death, then cuts to her family's reactions, inside their farmhouse; it goes on to show still shots of the dead girl (emaciated, bruised, and wounded), scary scenes of her possession (body contorted, guttural sounds and screaming, fast cuts and dark rain/shadows), and standard horror movie scenes of characters walking down dark hallways, running in the rain, hearing sounds and seeing shadows, and seeing their clocks all show 3am (a witching hour explained in the film). A character is violently struck and killed by a car, characters drink, smoke, and use occasional, mild, harsh language.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:September 8, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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