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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Hopkins shows why he is the world best actor now
Absolutely loved the film.The movie house was packed out and by the screams and gasps from the audience ,they loved it too.
The filming of the locations made the film even for macabre.
I think this shows Anthony Hopkins in a new light .His talents far far exceed any actor or actress in this film .
This movie MUST be seen just for the acting of Anthony...
Published on 2 Jun. 2011 by Mr. P. Barley

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rite Rumpus
This film is physically and, as you would expect, metaphorically dark. A young, sceptical novitiate priest with a troubled childhood is posted to Rome to learn the arcane arts of exorcism.
He soon meets the voice of experience played by Antony Hopkins and sees some "real" exorcisms. Hopkins' performance and the movie generally have been panned by the critics but I...
Published on 13 Mar. 2011 by Neil STUART BANKS


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn out the lights, 10 Feb. 2014
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For those who have not seen the film, and an exorcist worked with those on the film to help guarantee the authenticity. But seriously, who does not like Anthony Hopkins? Pleasure to see him do justice to a Catholic theme where many fudge in an obvious way you can tell Catholics were not consulted; I was on the edge of my chair.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concept for a movie-but the movie turned out awful, 16 Mar. 2012
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JK "J. K." (UK) - See all my reviews
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Oh dear; promised so much but delivered so little. The best part of The Rite is Anthony Hopkins who hams it up as an exoricst but, in the last third of the movie when it's really bad, tries to keep the whole thing alive by recreating his role as Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs, and that's not going to work when you're playing the part of an aging Priest, fighting your own demon, rather than a serial murderer. The plot should have been brilliant; young and old Priest both struggling to find/restore their Faith while fighting an array of Satan's finest in and around the Vatican City. Should have been a winner but fails on every level. One of the main problems is some of the characters come and go without any explanation, such as the Head Exorcist, which ruins any continuity and sense of realism. The theme of exorcism isn't developed and the hype around the movie "this is the film the Vatican didn't want you to see" is quite misleading if not hysterical. If you're new to this genre then you might find some of the possession scenes difficult but; if you've seen the original Exorcist, the Exorcism of Emily Rose or American Haunting then there's nothing in here that's original or scary. Truly, truly disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'ANTHONY HOPKINS AGAIN 'BRILLIANT', 6 July 2014
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'Michael Kovak' (Colin O'Donoghue) has doubts that his vocation was within the Church, a Priest see's potential in 'micheal' and suggests that he goes to 'Rome' to learn of Exorcism.
'Michael' is like many of us a sceptic, when introduced to father Lucas(Anthony Hopkins) who had performed many exorcisms down the years his doubts remained.
Seeing 'Father Lucas' in action does little to change his views, however his mind was dramatically about to be changed.
Down the years there have been many films that have attempted to bring the horror shown in the 70's film 'The Exorcist' to the screen, most have failed, this film however based on true events does have it's moments and may get one or two sceptics wondering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, 17 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this movie and Colin O'Donoghue is a good young actor and of course Anthony Hopkins was great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and exciting 'horror' thriller that's more entertaining than frightening, 3 Sept. 2011
The Rite suffers from one serious handicap - if you've seen Amityville, The Exorcist, or any other horror thriller in which priests try to exorcise demons, you've seen most of the tricks this has up its sleeve. Colin O'Donoghue is a likeable lead as the son of an embalmer who uses the church as a cheap way to get a free Degree and break away from the family funeral business, but who then has his faithless bluff called by being sent on an exorcism course by the church or risk having to pay back $100,000 dollars of education.
His habit of challenging the church's assumptions is noticed and he's partnered with Hopkin's vastly experienced Father Lucas, and exorcist with a rather more laconic view of exorcism than normal. Hopkins is entertaining - humorously droll one minute, dramatic and intense the next. Light relief is provided by the gently humorous moments and journalist Braga's mild love interest. However, once the film gets moving, director Hafstrom manages to wring some decent tension and alarm out of scenes that have been done before in other movies, giving us some indelibly creepy moments, and forcing O'Donoghue's character to get off the fence and embrace his natural talent for the priesthood. The last half of the film takes a darker swing and wears its colours on its sleeve - more out of concern for the box-office one suspects than concern for factual accuracy. Demons contort characters, and tricks pulled in the Exorcist get re-hashed to decent effect - the film abandoning its earlier and more interesting 'do demons exist or is it all in the patient's mind?' questioning and instead aiming for definite supernatural thrills and flashy special effects. It's equally enjoyable, and in the flurry of drama and tension you forget that it's fallen off the fence with a thump - but it's still a very enjoyable flick, and at the end of the day it still leaves a memorable impression. A decent thriller that will disappoint philosophers and theologists but amuse thrillseekers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rite, 27 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Rite [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
The movie centres on Michael Kovak (O'Donoghue) who works with his father in the family business as a mortician, but decides to attend seminary school and become a priest as per family tradition. During his time at the school, he suffers a crisis of faith and resigns his position, but after witnessing a fatal car crash and Kovak giving a blessing to a dying woman, his headteacher sends him to Rome to study exorcism, under the tutelage of Father Xavier (Hinds). When he constantly doubts the methods and facts surrounding exorcism, Kovak is sent to see Father Lucas (Hopkins), who shows him exorcism from a more practical perspective which makes Kovak question his beliefs and what is indeed real.

The first half of the film explores Kovak's struggle. The movie is quick to establish Kovak as a man in conflict, struggling with the decision to work at his family's mortuary business or to become a priest (which is stated in the movie as being the two jobs their family does), but it is his character's doubts about his own beliefs that provide the central theme through not only this part of the movie, but the entire movie in general. The pacing of this part of the movie and the development of O'Donoghue's character moved a bit too slowly for me and most of the scenes showed Kovak arguing with his teacher during classes. The film however picks up when Anthony Hopkins' character makes his appearance and Kovak begins to see exorcism in practice.

The second half of the film follows Lucas, with Kovak in tow, as he conducts exorcism sessions. Despite several instances where the supposed possessed person does and says things they can't possibly know or do, Kovak remains the doubter even when he begins to experience strange phenomena himself. The finale is one of the best parts of the film, where Kovak must put aside his doubts if he is to save a friend. O'Donoghue's character is developed a bit more in the second half but he was still a bit bland in comparison to Hopkins, whose character develops nicely and was much more interesting, providing the audience with a creepy performance reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter.

The scenes and dialogue between Hopkins and O'Donoghue are brilliantly written, with O'Donoghue constantly questioning exorcism practices and Hopkins delivering a calm and logical response from the religious perspective. O'Donoghue himself provided some excellent counter arguments based on science and medical fact and it is this battle of beliefs between Hopkins and O'Donoghue that provide the best entertainment.

The mood of the whole film is very sombre. Most scenes are shot either at night or are very dark and dismal. The film also draws on using dream and hallucination sequences to add that surreal element and the use of close-ups showing the demonic presence in victims were also very well done.

OVERALL
The Rite is a good film that can sit proudly as one of the better films about exorcism. Anthony Hopkins once again delivers a stellar performance in one of his better roles in years. Although the movie starts slowly, the tension builds right through to a fantastic finale and may even make the watcher ask themselves what they truly believe. A definite watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 19 Jun. 2011
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On paper, "The Rite" doesn't sound that interesting, although the production staff should be praised for not letting the film become too daft. Anthony Hopkins gives one of his best performances to date and newcomer Colin O'Donoghue seems to have a bright future ahead. There are some good special effects scenes and the establishing shots of Rome are look excellent. There are a few bonus features, including deleted scenes, an alternate ending and brief interviews with the cast, the director, other production staff members, as well as the priest and the author who inspired the characters of Kovak and Rosaria.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bored? This will pass an hour and a half but like a Chinese meal you won't be fulfilled at the end., 8 Dec. 2014
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Pretty much your run of the mill exorcist type film. Higher production values than most but that doesn't help the story much. This is the sort of film for when you have scrolled through the 150 channels on TV and can find nothing. It's not going to go into your top 10 films ever, probably not even top 100. That sounds a bit harsh but it's not a bad film just not memorable. I watched the first twenty minutes before realising I'd seen it before and couldn't remember the end so kept watching. It's that sort of film. Nothing else on, don't feel like watching what I have stored on TiVo then watch this. Anthony Hopkins does an incredible Welsh accent though. I wonder where he learnt that? I could almost believe he was Welsh.(Tongue in cheek).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would advise you to watch if you are partial to a thriller and even if you’re not, as you may be pleasantly surprised., 17 Dec. 2014
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P. Brown "Miss Brown" (London) - See all my reviews
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This film is not about an exorcism as such. Nor is it about the story of how, the main character ‘Michael’ became a priest. Rather it is about the faith one needs to exorcise 'our' demons. The demons (weather you believe in the devil or not) that we all have and need to confront on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a film with lots of gore then this film is not for you. In this film you have to use your imagination in order to get your trills. Please do not compare this film to 'The exorcism of Emily Rose' or other films of this ilk as this film is miles better in comparison.

I would advise you to watch if you are partial to a thriller and even if you’re not, as you may be pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even Hopkins couldn't save it, 26 Oct. 2014
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Without Hopkins this would be worth no stars. God, or the devil, only knows why he signed up for this nonsense. 105 minutes of my life I will never see again
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