Austin Shermer’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first time watching The Exorcist I admit that I thought it was fairly boring. Now that I've seen it a second time...I still think the first half is boring. I understand that its suppose to be a slow-burn and the normality of the first act is suppose to increase the suspense for what is about to happen, but there are some scenes that almost put me to sleep in the theater. I feel like they could have trimmed about 10 minutes out of the film and made it much better. That being said, William Friedkin is excellent behind the camera, Jason Miller and Max Von Sydow both turn in great performances, and the score is chilling and atmospheric.