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Unfortunately, amid Stigmata's high-octane editing and slick technique, the chills of The Exorcist aren't there, giving the movie a sort of identity crisis: horror movie or intellectual thriller? Several elements of the film challenge basic tenets of the Catholic faith, hence the brief furore that erupted at the time of the film's release; if nothing else, the internal workings of the Church are shown in a very unflattering light indeed. Byrne excels as the sceptical priest, as does Arquette as the tortured young woman. All told, Stigmata is a rather uneven effort but one with a thought-provoking combination of theology and thrills served up in a thoroughly modern, stylish package. Fans of TV's Ally McBeal will recognise Portia De Rossi in a supporting role. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
We have just watched this and we had forgotten just how good it was.Patricia Arquette is very good in this----very good indeed.The other actors are so good as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lady anna
One of the best films I have ever seen of this gentre. Unfortunately this DVD itself had so many faults on it I couldn't finish watching it but never got round to returning it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Susan Reid-povall
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