Mr. Movie

'The Rite' does nothing right

Here are the basics. A young American enters the priesthood but has no faith.

Church leaders see all kinds of potential in him and send him to Rome where he connects with a demon-ousting old codger. The faithless one befriends a reporter who is also trying to decide if exorcism is fact or fantasy.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

Ninety minutes and a bunch of iffy exorcisms later, the credits roll.

The Rite is based on a true story. Key word: based.

The credits say the two main characters have performed hundreds of exorcisms. In real life, their story might be interesting. It might even be impressive. What you’re given here is not.

I rarely give a movie a zero.

Except for the usual incredible acting of Anthony Hopkins, everything is wrong with The Rite. It is lame from the screenplay’s bad "riting" to the tedious vomit-out-the-demon crap.

This exorcism exercise is not scary, not interesting and does not have the “rite” stuff.

Mr. Movie rating: 0 stars

Rated PG-13 for violence, mature themes. It opens Friday, Jan. 28 at Regal's Columbia Center 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.