'Priest' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   14 reviews
16%
Rotten Tomatoes:   102 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Adapted from a graphic-novel series (and what isn't these days?), this unholy mess of horror and Western cliches is, at least, blessed with a wonderfully loony premise.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The film, based in name only on a series of South Korean graphic novels, has nice, washed-out desert exteriors and some cool jet-powered motorcycles, but there's nothing in the hackneyed story or the derivative action scenes to make you take notice.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Feeney Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Priest'' is based on a series of Korean graphic novels. What it's really based on, though, is other movies - a whole lot of other movies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    [If] you're looking for a diverting sci-fi actioner that handily mixes the DNA of several different movies, with a few flying crosses thrown in and a heavy dose of Western mythology, sink your teeth in.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    25
    High production values and slick editing can't save this picture. Nor does its overbearing soundtrack music, which tries to strong-arm viewers into believing they're watching a pulse-pounding thriller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    "Priest" is about five beads shy of a rosary.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    13
    A mash-up of vampire horror and period westerns stewed with Blade Runner cityscapes and ridiculous religious images in a bubbling cauldron of dumb ideas and sinfully bad dialogue.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    42
    Too good-looking to be dismissed entirely, not bad enough to be worthy of outright scorn, but not good enough to watch, either.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Doesn't have a prayer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The film is somehow a disappointing combo of too-full and oddly empty.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jeff Beck We Got This Covered
    30
    Priest is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Newton Georgia Straight
    The good news is that Priest is not nearly as painful to sit through as Legion. But that's about it for the good news.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    38
    'Priest' is about five beads shy of a rosary.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    20
    Priest is a lousy action movie with boring characters, a convoluted plot, and, most unforgivable, very little compelling action.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    38
    "Priest" is one of those films you will forget about approximately five minutes after it's over. There is absolutely nothing memorable or noteworthy about it
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dark Horizons
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James White SFX Magazine
    50
    anyone who has seen the trailer has seen a good 80% of anything worth watching here
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    25
    90 minutes of inconsequential action and cliche recycling...painful to watch a semi-interesting setup get squandered and become stuffed into a familiar-as-hell framework where nothing ever seems at stake.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    30
    An ugly exercise in genre filmmaking and religion bashing, Priest marks a new low in the action/horror hybrid, and once again proves why Paul Bettany is the worst action star working today.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • FILMINK (Australia)
    Predictable action sequences & lazy character development add up to an all too blatant cash in at the box office
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia)
    40
    At the very least, the film's herky-jerky mood swings will keep viewers on their toes long after they become bored with the main plot.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Philippa Hawker The Age (Australia)
    40
    Its visual style veers between bleached desert tones and slimy undercover dankness, but the 3D version is undistinguished.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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