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August 27, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Compared with the no-budget likes of The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism, which cost $2 million to make, is a spendthrift affair. For the most part, critics aren’t impressed. Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel calls it “modestly chilling.” Sean O’Connell in the Washington Post describes it as “unnerving.” Other critics remark that the film isn’t half bad except for the last five minutes. Indeed, Christy LeMire of the Associated Press writes that it is “one of the scariest movies to come along in a long time — until the last five minutes or so, when it completely falls apart.” Robert Abele adds in the Chicago Tribune: “As with many well-intentioned scare flicks, the wrapping-up feels dissipated and obvious, but for a good while The Last Exorcism makes for an atmospheric, character-rich stab at movie fright night.” Jesse Singal writes in the Boston Globe: “There may once have been a good and a bad film fighting for the soul of The Last Exorcism, but in its final moments, cinema’s dark forces triumph emphatically.” And Peter Hartlaub concludes in the San Francisco Chronicle: “With the finish line in sight, the filmmakers botch the ending so badly you’ll swear M. Night Shyamalan was flown in to direct the last few scenes.”

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