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"Choosing not to believe in the devil won't protect you from him." Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) stars in this supernatural thriller that reveals the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on earth. Inspired by true events chronicled by Rome-based journalist Matt Baglio, this exorcism drama follows a skeptical seminary student (The Tudors' Colin O'Donoghue) attending an exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he's sent to apprentice with an unorthodox priest (Hopkins) who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. Also starring I Am Legend's Alice Braga, Rome's Ciarán Hinds, Harry Potter's Toby Jones and Blade Runner's Rutger Hauer, this haunting chiller demonstrates how a disillusioned young priest ultimately finds his true faith by facing pure evil.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Anthony Hopkins is as excellent as ever, but he's no match for The Rite's dawdling pace and lack of chills -- or Colin O'Donoghue's tentative performance in the leading role.
This is a dreary metaphysical drama dressed in the vestments of a religious horror movie.
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Demonic horror tale is disturbing, but no Exorcist.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this horror drama centered on exorcisms (and supposedly "based on true events") pales in comparison -- both in terms of scares and quality -- to horror classic The Exorcist. That said, The Rite does have some disturbing images and violence directed at children and women: A pregnant teen is possessed by a demon and tossed around, a boy has bruises all over his body, and a possessed priest slaps a little girl (he also attacks a grown woman). Language is infrequent but includes "f--k," "s--t" and "t-ts."
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- Genre:Drama, Horror
- Release Date:January 28, 2011
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD