Critics are all over the map debating the wisdom of issuing a "directors cut" version of The Exorcist, being touted in ads as "A Version You've Never Seen."
The film is 11 minutes longer than the original "and 11 minutes worse," comments Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post. Hunter argues that in its original release the film was "scarier, more intense, more disturbing, more haunting," than the current version.
Glenn Whipp in the Los Angeles Daily News, while quarreling with some of the new editing, comments that the digitally remastered soundtrack is "a revelation."
Geoff Pevere in the Toronto Star takes a position between the two sides. "The Exorcist is not improved with the additional footage," he writes, "but it is not considerably hurt either."