Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) , who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. Directed by Mikael Hafstroem (1408), The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.
- Mikael Hafstrom
- Michael Petroni
- Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones
It's a fatuous film with none of the weight and dark energy of The Exorcist.Philip French, Guardian [UK], 02.27.2011
Anthony Hopkins playing someone evil? SHOCKING. He is rather good at this schtick, but the script is flabby and cliche ridden. The young lead looks distractingly like an emo Ken doll too.Marc Fennell, Triple J, 03.14.2011
This dreary affair is 'inspired by actual events', but it's a very low-wattage entry into the genre of the exorcist movie.David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), 03.09.2011
The Rite is devoted alright -- to exorcising all thought with an arsenal of would-be scare tactics.Peter Galvin, sbs.com.au, 03.09.2011