'The Last Exorcism' Review: Skip Reviews, Go See for Yourself

The Last ExorcismEli Roth's The Last Exorcism hits theaters this weekend, promising enough creepiness to tide you over until Halloween.

But reviews for The Last Exorcism can't agree on whether or not it actually delivers.

Peter Paras, E! Online:

A script that can't stop making jokes, undermining the scary stuff with too many giggles and not enough shrieks.

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News:

"The Last Exorcism" trods on previously stomped ground and has almost no good jump-outta-your-seat moments.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:

The Last Exorcism is a movie that operates by stringing us along, feeding off our anticipation. For a while, the movie shrewdly exploits our voyeurism, all built around the teasing question of whether there's actually anything supernatural going on.


I can't remember the last time reviews were so all over the place for a movie. Even conflicting reviews for Eat Pray Love and Salt agreed on most points. But these are so at odds, we might as well throw them away and go see for ourselves.

Is this just a lackluster ending to a summer of lackluster movies? There are a few that stand out, but it was a dull run. I suppose it's fitting for the summer to end with the mockumentary genre people either love or love to hate.

Come to think of it, I do remember when reviews were this mixed: It was for Paranormal Activity. That film had people squirming or yawning, and I'll admit that I squirmed. A lot. So maybe I'll give this one a shot. Maybe I'm a masochist, but it sure beats seeing Avatar again.

Do you like the horror mockumentary style or are you staying away from this one?


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