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The Exorcist


The Exorcist is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. Father Tomas Ortega is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small, but loyal, parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Deep in the slums of Mexico City, another priest has found himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. Father Marcus Keane is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his mission - and he constantly butts heads with his adversary within the church, Father Bennett.Caught in the middle of the two priests is the Rance family, who are members of Tomas' parish. On the surface, they're a normal, American family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, Henry Rance, is recovering from a traumatic injury. Eldest daughter Katherine has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, Casey, thinks she's hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the Rances' only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

Status: Running
TV Channel: FOX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Charlie Mason

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

    TVLine 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
  • Robert Rorke

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

    New York Post 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tim Goodman

    If you're the kind of person who likes scary shows and mythology, it might be fair to give The Exorcist a chance for a few episodes to see what it has planned. Both Daniels and Herrera are charismatic, and if the writers can make the God vs. the devil face-off grow beyond the Rance household, there might be a show here that's worth a few scares.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    Though the first hour dutifully pays homage to the scariest movie of all time--especially in its studiously lit opening moments--and even branches out with key changes meant to elongate the story, the pilot fails to pay off in one major way: It’s not very scary.

    Indiewire 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rob Lowman

    Judging by the first episode, The Exorcist works as both a tribute to the original as well as on its own terms. There is something of a family drama inside the scares, which gives the idea of making a series out of it more staying power.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
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