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The Exorcist - S01E05


The exorcism begins. As the storm of the century descends upon Chicago, Father Tomas and Marcus engage the demon in spiritual warfare. But the demon is ready and waiting with a few secrets of its own. Meanwhile, the demon's manipulations slowly begin to drive a wedge between members of the Rance family. Loyalties will be tested and lives will be forever changed.

Episode Title: Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault
Airs: 2016-10-21 at 9:00 PM
  • Verne Gay

    With expectations low, this Exorcist surprises with appealing leads, and--a big bonus point--the return to TV of Geena Davis.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The pilot is better than it has any right to be--tensely paced, sharply directed, and creepy enough to make you look and look away at the same time.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The pleasant surprise is that this new Exorcist, as conceived by writer Jeremy Slater, is both well-acted and at times quite disturbing.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It doesn’t try to be the movie or outdo it in terms of fright factor, nor does it provide any reasons for mockery. It’s well-made, well-acted television, which is more than can be said for some of the reboots rolling out this fall.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The first installment of the drama does a truly impressive job of establishing a mournful atmosphere, as it sketches out an array of characters worth following on what promises to be a very challenging journey.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Friday’s curtain-raiser makes a better than expected first impression while at the same time putting Herrera’s hunky, soulful and appealing lead priest in play.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The most interesting thing of all about The Exorcist is that it shares the hardball theology of Fox's Lucifer, AMC's Preacher and Cinemax's exorcism show Outcast. One renegade priest in The Exorcist even resolves his doctrinal disputes with Rome not with an encyclical but a .38. It seems television's era of amiable pseudo-Unitarian clergymen of the Touched by an Angel and Highway to Heaven stripe is officially dead. Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The expensive-looking pilot episode, with its frequent use of unusual camera angles to suggest a world gone askew, effectively establishes the sinister vibe, with some genuine scares and plenty of gore. Daniels is particularly magnetic as the older, put-out-to-pasture priest haunted in more ways than one.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The TV version can’t quite go that far, at least not on a broadcast channel, but the special effects are convincing, and the script is a labyrinth of mystery and suspicion guaranteed to hold your interest.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    No one’s outdone William Friedkin’s 1973 masterful movie adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel about the pernicious demon who sent a man of the cloth tumbling down the Georgetown steps. Fox’s new series based on the movie isn’t intent on outdoing the classic so much as borrowing its frigid style, which it gets essentially correct in the first episode.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Director Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) keeps the pilot chilly and drear, not overdoing the shocks and special effects.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The pilot is slow but it builds to a twist that sets up the show’s first season and offers a solid enough foundation that encourages horror fans to come back for more.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    We've seen these same tricks used to excess since then, and while they're applied competently here, they feel a bit old and lifeless.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    Fans of this genre of horror storytelling will probably hang in there, unless things get too ridiculous.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lauren Humphries-Brooks

    Although predictable, it’s a solid piece of entertainment, perfectly enjoyable for an hour-long show.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    It’s certainly got the potential, at least visually. But as long as it overcooks some horror elements and undercooks others, the only unsettling feeling it will establish in viewers is confusion.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Rupert Wyatt’s direction is solid, but he’s too beholden to the visual grammar of his inspiration, and the familiarity dilutes the fear factor. It looks frightening, but it doesn’t chill--the images are cliché, the jump scares barely provoke a jitter.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Charlie Mason

    This is all perfectly interesting. It just isn’t... compelling.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    It's pretty slow. This is related to the movies, but it's not a remake. It's just ... similar.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The series is appreciably unsettling, but thus far it won’t make your head spin.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Herrera, Davis, and Ruck are all good enough to make me want to see more, but there have been so many decades of demons since the original movie made heads spin, that the evil--or at least its special-effects-assisted manifestation--feels a little tired.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The David Fincher–style neon-dumpster color scheme, multilayered sound design, and crackerjack supporting performances (including Alan Ruck as Davis’s deeply damaged husband) make it worth a look, though whether the power of Christ will compel repeated viewings remains to be seen.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tom Long

    The young skeptical priest and older exorcist priest will team up to do battle with the devil while Davis looks on wide-eyed, apparently, and this will be dragged out on a weekly basis. Heaven help us.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Throughout, the series suggests that it’s been market-tested to a place where originality no longer has a place to bloom.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The amount of story that they try to fit in zaps the narrative of any momentum and strikes out any scene that doesn’t speak directly to an upcoming plot twist or sheer exposition.

    Collider Full Review