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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college freshman. The Exorcism of Emily Rose chronicles the haunting trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of the young girl believed to be possessed. Inspired by true events, the film stars Laura Linney as the lawyer who takes on the task of defending the priest (Wiklinson) who performed the controversial exorcism. (Sony)
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
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Rated 06 Jul 2014
25
7th
It is not a fact that the director was sincere in his belief that the courtroom-drama structure meant he could concoct a RASHOMON-style presentation of multiple perspectives in order to provoke audiences to ask themselves spiritual questions: but is it possible? The real questions raised by the film concern the ethics of framing its subject matter in these terms, given not only the nature of the case on which it claims to be based, but others since then that have had similar outcomes.
Rated 09 May 2010
70
59th
Tom Wilkinson is great as always and I think the exorcism-scenes are pretty good. Then being a courtroom-film, I normally expect the worst, but I think it let's us have the plot in a nice tempo. It spoils it's own ending though, which I always hate a bit. But other than that it was a pleasant surprise, fair to say.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Quite scarey and interesting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
55th
A movie that literally made me pause it, get up out of my seat, and lock the door. Some very disturbing images. And I don't believe in exorcisms.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
75
75th
Good.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
90
94th
The movie knew treat from a question judicial without lose the horror of the exorcism. Excellent.
Rated 25 Dec 2007
90
81st
scary movie
Rated 06 Jan 2008
73
61st
Jennifer Carpenter knows her face-making, body twitching shit.
Rated 24 Feb 2009
35
23rd
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is more of a court drama with some scares, than a horror film. If you're expecting a horror instead of a drama, you may be disappointed. Not awful, but it was marketed wrong
Rated 04 Mar 2009
65
79th
This one really got to me.
Rated 20 May 2009
100
96th
Thoughtful, unexploitive, engrossing, petrifying, and visually stunning from start to finish, the film recalls a time when the Hollywood moviemaking system was willing to take chances and make works of cinematic art with more on the brain than just frivolous, throwaway flatulence jokes, explosions, and threadbare jump scares. This has more on the brain than that, and pays off with a rare complexity that services the frightening moments to stunning effect. One of the very best films of 2005.
Rated 17 Nov 2011
17
3rd
You gotta love a movie that goes out of its way to not only turn a real-life murder into a cheap horror movie, but also to exonorate the real-life murderers. ...Oh, wait, no you don't.
Rated 12 Sep 2020
77
53rd
It's A TIME TO KILL meets THE EXORCIST - and as tonally odd (and intriguing) as that sounds. While the contrast between the two genres occasionally, perhaps deliberately clash (especially contrasting the methodical logic of the court case with Linney's midnight visitations), this is still an interesting effort and a novel (and serious minded) way to present supernatural events; helped immeasurably by a first-rate cast in top form.
Rated 15 Jan 2007
20
37th
aweful.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
95
97th
Smarter and more psychologically horrifying than anyone could have anticipated, this film surpasses the movie it is often mistaken as a remake of by miles. Emily Rose is a horrifying far more believably possessed girl than Reagan could have ever hoped to be. Not only that but this movie has far more substance and provokes far more thought for anyone who has ever contemplated the line between religion and reality, or contemplated whether that line even truly exists.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
36
12th
Disappointing. Not even a good courtroom drama.
Rated 16 Mar 2007
54
24th
Yeah didn't work.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
71
52nd
This is no "Exorcist," it's actually more of a thought-provoking conversation, and works well as a courtroom drama.
Rated 21 Mar 2007
66
35th
This is an intense legal drama about an excorcism gone wrong. Great performances and interesting subject matter.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
60
28th
Another lame, forgettable exorcism film. This one as Tom Wilkinson in it, and he's pretty good, so it saves the film from being a total bust.
Rated 08 May 2007
64
26th
Not a big fan of the horror genre but this film actually scared me a bit.
Rated 09 Jun 2007
5
45th
I like when she ate the spiders.
Rated 07 Aug 2007
50
18th
The devil is often tied up with the beaurocratic processes in court.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
36th
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is good at what it does, but unfortunately its court film style will turn off those expecting horror.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
1st
'The Exorcist' as seen on a special episode of Law & Order. Exept without the suspense of the show.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
30th
This movie could have done a better job at questioning science's hegemony over evidence and truth. It could also have done a better job at being scary - darn it, I only jumped twice.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
51
25th
more drama, but a little interesting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
27th
Effectist take on an already known plot. Still works, especially for the commitment of everyone involved.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
44
20th
Interesting premise, but very conventional execution.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
50th
A decent horror/thriller for a rainy day. I don't think it will ever be possible to top The Exorcist, but this movie is a good mimic of the cult classic. I happened to come across a used DVD that was around the same price of a rental, so I bought it, and wasn't disappointed.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
11
15th
I'd rather watch 12 Angry Men than this bullshit. Only praise I'll give it, is Jennifer Carpenter's acting as the possessed Emily Rose.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
22nd
More of a court movie than a horror.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
68th
This movie scared the hell out of me, but at the same time made me feel sad for "Emily" or her real counterpart "Anneliese".
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
10th
Pretty bad as far as being a horror movie, but I found the story semi-interesting
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
42nd
Somewhat slow, this film about the controversial exorcism of a young girl shows a mostly balanced viewpoint of medical and spiritual reasons for her condition. Nothing is set in stone about how to feel, which is a great way of not alienating the audience. Some scary moments and court-drama intrigue.
Rated 21 Sep 2007
60
20th
there are really better exorcism movies than this.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
55
66th
a bit heavy-handed, but better than i expected.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
60
7th
Don't bother. Based on crap.
Rated 10 Feb 2008
0
5th
Funniest movie ever.... 1,2,3,4,5,6... i declare thumb wars HAHAHA
Rated 06 Mar 2008
10
4th
f'd up *
Rated 31 Mar 2008
60
2nd
Wish I could exorcise this from my mind.
Rated 20 Jun 2008
69
38th
True Story: This film is based on Analise Michel, a German girl who was believed to be possessed. She might be related to me. The film is passable but not really believable enough to scare you. I've seen worse.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
80
33rd
Horrifying, based on true events. It's not The Exorcist, but fairly close.
Rated 01 Jul 2008
83
93rd
Very Nice
Rated 13 Jul 2008
55
24th
Typicaly relies on cheap jumps for scares rather than anything with depth.
Rated 04 Aug 2008
44
4th
Oh please...
Rated 08 Sep 2008
63
77th
Scary and suspenseful. Laura Linney and Jennifer Carpenter had great performance. But sometimes the film was cliched and fake.
Rated 07 Oct 2008
85
75th
Don't usually like horror films but the "realism" of this one was intriguing. The limited scenes of horror make them all the more powerful.
Rated 11 Oct 2008
64
19th
Better see the Exorcist.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
40
7th
Some cheap scares surrounding an uninspired (even if "true") story where the only cool moment is Emily Rose becoming possessed by the demons of hell. Not worth it, though.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
70
78th
Very good, the best exorcism movie I have ever seen.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
70
54th
OK remake.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
80
31st
Loved it. Especially loved the fact that Jennifer Carpenter did all of her scenes. No special effects, just her acting. I thought she was brilliant at it.
Rated 30 May 2009
20
3rd
Pointless film, boring, not scary and uninteresting.
Rated 03 Jul 2009
90
71st
I generally hate horror films, but this one had a decent plot. And I love Laura Linney.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
65
41st
I didn't really connect with this.
Rated 03 Aug 2009
40
14th
The exorcism itself is the only thing decent enough to watch in this film. Just fast forward.
Rated 28 Aug 2009
10
0th
It's not a horror, it's a court room drama. Don't be deceived!
Rated 24 Jul 2010
70
17th
Better than expected.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
55
33rd
The film is original, but lacks character depth
Rated 25 Sep 2010
65
45th
Not bad considering there a 24,000 exorcism films in the last 30 years. Carpenter's performance stands out.
Rated 04 Oct 2010
85
38th
i liked it. parts were truly disturbing and scary.
Rated 11 Oct 2010
62
28th
The scary stuff: Good. The courtroom stuff: Meh
Rated 15 Oct 2010
62
55th
Not a great movie overall, but when Laura Linney is on the screen she elevates the goings-on to another level completely.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
15
21st
"The film pits spirituality against secularism in a court of law, defending each side with such righteous, calculated equal-opportunity." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 31 Jan 2011
75
68th
Based on a true story? Yeah, whatever. Pretty silly, but what horror movie isn't? Good performances all round and some effective moments. Good enough.
Rated 11 Mar 2011
74
82nd
Not bad. The horrible scenes were excellent and scary. J.Carpenter was terrific in her role. It's a pity that the end was not so good and not horrified anymore.
Rated 29 Jun 2011
83
52nd
Me gustó... ahh y me cague todo..
Rated 29 Jul 2011
74
83rd
Surprisingly, this is closer to a courtroom drama than a horror film--one that touches on matters of faith. There are some horror elements, but if you like courtroom dramas, this is fairly decent one.
Rated 29 Nov 2011
10
4th
Bad.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
58
34th
i liked the concept of this...telling the story of the exorcism in reverse from a court room. i didn't like that it wasn't scary at all and felt about 15-20 minutes too long. nice cast though, for sure.
Rated 04 Dec 2011
55
12th
So much potential ruined within a too long two hours. What could have been a creepy exorcism film (though still average), became a less than average "court-room-drama". Whoever had the awful idea to tell the story of an exorcism through a lawyer should just stop writing films. Jennifer Carpenter created a beautiful character, and never once displayed anything less than acting gold, yet she alone could not overcome the awful writing, and acting employed throughout the film. Could have been somet
Rated 05 Dec 2011
80
68th
It's not in my wheelhouse to watch many horror films. Luckily, the frightening scenes are appropriately frightening within the context of the story, and there are rarely needless "boo" moments. The rest of the film plays out as a compelling courtroom drama. Yes, courtroom dramas are overdone in film, but this was an exceptional case which deserves the attention of the film.
Rated 09 Jan 2012
82
25th
The thing that makes this film interesting is the courtroom drama aspect of it, and that it is very much a secular film on exorcisms, giving you both the perspective of the religious persons who believe Emily Rose's struggle to have been one with demons in a biblical sense, as well as that of the realists, who believe the demons might have been a creation of her own mind, but no less real in the toll they took on her.
Rated 31 Jan 2012
35
13th
I don't remember much about this, just that I laughed most of the way through. Probably not a good thing.
Rated 26 Feb 2012
55
28th
Only slightly better than every other mediocre exorcism movie that comes out every year.
Rated 01 Nov 2012
71
31st
Wilkinson, Scott, and Linney are great. There were definitely some unnecessary moments of the supernatural; but the courtroom scenes and barn scene for the most part, work.
Rated 09 Dec 2012
55
22nd
The exorcism genre of horror isn't very big, which just goes to show how bad of a movie you have to make for it to be this forgettable.
Rated 03 Jan 2013
55
24th
This isn't necessarily scary, but it's interesting, particularly the courtroom scenes. It's a movie that makes you think.
Rated 08 Jan 2013
3
73rd
You'd have to have a terrible case of the religions to find it scary, the courtroom stuff was too inauthentic, alright.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
68
58th
Horror and courtroom drama. Whaddayaknow?
Rated 20 Aug 2013
60
47th
scared the shit out of me.
Rated 01 Oct 2013
65
31st
64.500
Rated 06 Jan 2014
45
20th
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.
Rated 19 May 2014
65
48th
Honestly, it's more courtroom than exorcism. Laura Linney is the type of actress that I see and think, "Why aren't you more heralded? She's great in everything I've seen her in." And then I look at her filmography and I see "Man of the Year." Oh, you worked with Robin Williams once? Yeah, you're tainted forever.
Rated 12 Oct 2014
91
86th
I really enjoyed this - not so much as virtue of being a horror film, though the scarier scenes were definitely well done compared to a lot of films I've seen in the genre, but the execution was actually really poignant. It was nice to see a horror film not be quite so mindless, in all honesty.
Rated 15 Nov 2014
64
31st
The only major problem with this movie is its rather inapproppriate relations to the actual case it's loosely based on. Pretty decent lightweight horror movie but kinda abhorrent as a based on true events crime thriller. If you want to see a good film that does justice to the real life subject matter watch Requiem.
Rated 11 Mar 2015
79
30th
Honestly, I've seen much much worse, The Exorcism of Emily Rose may have a few cliches up it's sleeves, but I thought it was superior over most exorcism movies out there. Entertaining and there are a few genuinely creepy spots in there. Carpenter was great as usual as was Wilkinson.
Rated 25 Apr 2022
65
20th
It's not a great movie by any means but it still is fun and worth watching if you're into paranormal. Unlike most people, I really liked the exorcism scene.
Rated 31 May 2015
85
38th
I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this movie when I compare it to the long list of exorcism stories nowadays. Jennifer Captenter's performance as Emily was absolutely PHENOMINAL. The only downside to this film in my opinion was the segway into the courtcase. I wish it was primarily Emily's story. However, I did find some amount of enjoyment in it.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
50
77th
Would have been better with a little less court time and more demons on attack, for once the witness accounts was over, so was the excitement with dull closing court time killing the climax. Otherwise I found The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) a good horror-ish film, even if it had all the clichés possible. Tom Wilkinson sets the tone, while Jennifer Carpenter makes the faces.
Rated 13 Dec 2017
84
81st
Despite a somewhat unconvincing depiction of a female lawyer by Linney (who is usually excellent) TEoER is a terrifically engrossing drama with a fine balance of horror, courtroom drama and tension. I suppose it falls into cliche a little, in that you knew exactly what was going to happen as soon as someone says "I will testify tomorrow", but for the most part, TEoER was an intelligent, well made and more to the point, interesting analysis of the place of religion in modern society.
Rated 15 Jun 2018
82
88th
Good old time horror
Rated 18 Jun 2018
72
80th
This was a much better film than I had expected. The acting was solid and thankfully it wasn't full of jump scares. I my opinion there are 3 distinct parts to this film, the trial, the possession, and everything else. That being said I found the trail scenes to be by far the best part and while I didn't fine the possession scenes scary I did feel that they enriched the courtroom scenes immensely. The other scene I found kind of hokey and as a result I couldn't give this a higher rating.
Rated 26 Oct 2018
18
9th
Saw this years ago, probably shortly after it came out. Don't remember anything besides boring & didn't like it. Saw it again today on AMC, same assessment. Also, disgusting treatment considering the real-life case it's based off.
Rated 04 Apr 2019
50
44th
Courtroom more interesting than the exorcism. Unfortunately the movie kinda falls between those two and never really reach goal with either
Rated 11 Nov 2020
23
21st
If Law & Order did shitty Treehouse of Horror episodes
Rated 18 Nov 2020
68
49th
68.2.
Rated 30 Dec 2020
30
7th
Jennifer Carpenter deserves praise for a committed, physical performance, but the rest of the cast practically sleepwalk through a tedious courtroom drama that fails to deliver on genuine intrigue, convincing conundrums or effective scares.
Rated 07 Apr 2021
100
86th
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