'Priest' Critic Reviews

65%
MovieWeb:   14 reviews
16%
Rotten Tomatoes:   102 reviews
  • Rob Vaux Mania.com
    34
    Its truncated running time suggests that a huge amount of it was left on the cutting room floor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Fred Topel Screen Junkies
    It just makes me sad to think director Scott Stewart and all the artists under him had high ambitions and substantial resources... for this.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    20
    At $12.75 a movie ticket, you might be better off buying the comic book.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    50
    Already seems this aggressively B-level entertainment will quickly wither and disappear in the face of Hollywood's A-level events.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    25
    The whole thing -- which in less than an hour-and-a-half manages to insult Catholics, Native Americans, John Wayne fans and anybody with two I.Q. points to spare -- all climaxes in a lot of fire and smoke and CGI explosions.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Mail
    20
    Bettany has little character and the 3D effects are appalling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Paras E! Online
    17
    A soulless sci-fi thriller about crucifix-tattooed warriors battling vampires, Priest is too serious to be any fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    13
    An irritating, lifeless experience, so bad it sucks the fun right out of moviegoing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Medsker Bullz-Eye.com
    50
    There are some nifty touches in the big city sequences ... but the vampire-heavy scenes are nearly incomprehensible.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • JimmyO JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    60
    I guess you could call it a guilty pleasure.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Logan Hill Vulture
    When you watch Bettany, you can't help wondering why the hell a talented actor is stuck in such an ungodly mess.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Vejvoda IGN Movies
    100
    On a visceral level, Priest offers enough action and cool bits to probably hold the interest of most 14-year-old boys, but its hodgepodge story and overall derivative nature make it feel like a movie that should have come out back in the '90s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Slant Magazine
    25
    In the way it unimaginatively regurgitates familiar genre elements in service of preachy piousness, director Scott Charles Stewart's cinema is the equivalent of Christian rock.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    20
    The over-optimistic promise of a sequel will hopefully be one premise which remains dead and buried. For ever and ever. Amen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd Gilchrist Boxoffice Magazine
    60
    In an era where monster mythology has become raw material for all sorts of mediocrity, Priest is one of the best examples of a broad-scale vampire blockbuster.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    [E]ven though it's easy to point out how derivative it is in a lot of ways, it's also sort of thrilling in how spare and clean and unself-conscious it is about itself...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elliott Noble Sky Movies
    40
    At best, Priest is a passable time-waster. Mostly, it's like watching an extended Gorillaz video.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brent Simon Screen International
    50
    A melange of apocalyptic western, gothic horror and vampire action movie, Priest won't win any awards for originality. Still, it's streamlined and executed well enough to earn a tip of the cap from those in its target demo.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Huddleston Time Out
    40
    Did Paul Bettany know, when he donned the cowl of the albino monk in 'The Da Vinci Code', that he would soon be typecast as Hollywood's go-to guy for God-bothering multiplex action movies?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    40
    Paul Bettany in a cassock with a cross biroed on to his forehead, potholing with vampires. In 3D.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    20
    Drab, eye-rollingly stupid and with noisy effects designed to drown out audience snores, Priest is just about as bad as it gets.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Robey Daily Telegraph
    40
    Clawing away under its 3D dinge and slick but desensitising effects, the movie is deadly, even when it's cool - a comic-book adaptation ruthlessly shorn of the word "comic".
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    40
    It stars Paul Bettany as a warrior priest in a world in which vampires and humans have warred for centuries.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Total Film
    40
    There's a wealth of material to be mined from crises of faith and the idea of the church as supreme governor. But it quickly becomes apparent that subtext is too much to ask of a film that just wants cowboys and clergymen to fight vampires.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Catherine Bray Film4
    50
    Not terrible.
    Full Review » 3 years ago