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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Scott Derrickson

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About the Movie

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 Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 155
  • Fresh: 69
  • Rotten: 86
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson thinks he's not ripping off the 1973 Exorcist, presumably because his effects are too tacky to work up a scare or a convincing case for possession. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 14, 2007

Fresh: The performances are topnotch. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Inserting a dose of horror into a standard courtroom drama, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman have constructed a well-cast yet dopey tale that is much less than the sum of its parts. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: Emily Rose is the thinking person's demon possession movie. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Loved it!!

I love horror movies. For me, its not enough to just have chainsaw weilding maniacs, with blood, guts and gore. Let me be specific, I love the horror movies that haunt your mind for weeks, or months afterward. This is one of those movies. I don't know if its true or not, but its enough to make you think about it.

A non-secular review

This film seems to only be watched by most for the cheap thrills. But this is a movie that has so much more to say than "Boo!" Going into it I was not expecting a courtroom drama. I was told it was a horror movie. And while it is horrifying, it makes you think about life and the things that are out of our control. I believe that Emily Rose was possessed by Satan and that God allowed it to happen so that the world would know that Demons do exist. So many people can't understand why God lets bad things happen to good people, but if you trust in God like Emily did, you will understand.
This is definitely a film for mature audiences only. Not just because of disturbing images, but because the subject matter takes a great deal of thought. You might not agree with everything in it, but you should watch it anyway and see what you think. Hoepfully you will see that God is with us even in times of distress.

this is a pretty good movie.

this movie is kind of scary, inspirational for what she did, and really sad for what happened to the REAL Emily Rose. If u watch this movie, really think about what Emily did when she went to the tree on the cover and what she couldve done but didnt do.