The Rite

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  114 min.
Release Date: January 28, 2011
DVD: May 17, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.64
based on 178 votes and 44 reviews
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Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donaghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer


American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) is reluctantly enrolled in a new exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Italy that teaches priests how to distinguish between a genuine possession and mental illness. While there, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who teaches him about the darker side of his faith.

Inspired by true events.

Director: Mikael Håfström
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson
Screenplay: Michael Petroni
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  • 1 star "Completely distasteful. Well beneath what we expect of Hopkins...what the heck was he thinking????"
  • 5 stars "The first great movie of the year with Anthony Hopkins at his creepy best. The rest of the cast is under his shadow for most ofh te film but manage to keep up. The visuals by director Hafstrom are beautiful and the film has great atmosphere. After seeing Alice Braga in Predators i was concerned thet she wouldn't be able to play a civilian character but i was wrong. A terrifying, dramatic, and thought provoking film."
  • 4 stars "Anthony Hopkins was brillant, as usual. Good, scary fun!"