Parents' Guide to

The Rite

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Demonic horror tale is disturbing, but no Exorcist.

Movie PG-13 2011 112 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

not the greatest movie ever, but still worth it ^

just another average exorcism movie. not very violent or disturbing. the "worst" would be the possession of a pregnant teen girl & mentions of rape & incest to do with her, so that says a lot.

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age 13+
The Movie was quite good. The official review states that there is some kind of sexual tension b/w the male and female protagonists but that is not so.

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Too much swearing
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Anthony Hopkins is truly spectacular in an over-the-top kind of way. Really, the main reason to watch THE RITE is to see Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) back in full Hannibal Lecter-style swing, chewing on his lines and salivating over his verbs, using his blocky body, beady eyes, and naughty troll's smile to suggest terrifying menace. It's too bad the rest of the movie doesn't live up to him.

Though director Mikael Hafstrom does cook up at least one chillingly spooky sequence full of shadows and sounds, his main focus here is on the bland Michael, whose "journey" within the movie isn't much of one: He doesn't believe, and then he does. (The Father Karras character in the original Exorcist takes much the same journey with far more compelling results.) And poor Braga doesn't have much to do as the reporter; but on the plus side, character actors like Rutger Hauer, Ciaran Hinds and Jones suggest more onscreen personality than the script actually grants them.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 28, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: May 17, 2011
  • Cast: Alice Braga , Anthony Hopkins , Colin O'Donoghue
  • Director: Mikael Hafstrom
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 112 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references
  • Last updated: December 7, 2022

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