Exorcist: The Beginning

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Common Sense says

age 18+

Brutal. Not for kids.

R 2004 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 13+

Nothing good to say.

None of the films in the Exorcist series are good. I did not find a single moment in any of the films scary, but this...it just pushes the word "unbearable" to the brink. It really is not strong enough word to describe this terrible, terrible film. It is a disaster that deserves no praise from anybody. 1 star is very generous, and it is a great pity that Common Sense Media does not allow you to give out zero star ratings. The script is lazy and childish, so bad that the Devil himself must have written it to punish us, and the immense amount of gore does not make the film any more entertaining. God, it's awful. By the time you're halfway through this film, you'll wish you were in hell. It's better to be there than on Earth watching this.

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Too much violence
age 14+

Exorcist: The Beginning

Not a bad movie at all really. Not as good as the older ones of course, but still worth watching.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 19, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: March 1, 2005
  • Cast: James D'Arcy, Remy Sweeney
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language
  • Last updated: April 2, 2022

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