- Critic-Proof: While a massive financial hit, both critics and audiences hated the film, to the point where it earned a rare F on Cinemascore.
- Critical Research Failure: Virtually every claim made related to Catholicism is the opposite of how it's actually practiced. For example, the priests claim at one point that a possessee would not be repelled by inverted crosses, as they are blasphemous symbols — forgetting that an inverted cross is actually known as a "Petrine Cross", a holy symbol associated with Saint Peter (who apparently requested to be crucified upside-down, feeling himself unworthy to share Christ's death) and his successor, the Pope. At another point, they claim that it is important to recognize the identity and infernal rank of the demon, when the Catholic guidelines are to completely avoid playing into the demon's ego and simply treat it as "the devil, an enemy of Christ".
- Ham and Cheese: Susan Crowley as Maria Rossi, one of the few lauded elements of the film because many found her over-the-top possessed antics entertaining.
- Hype Backlash: Enjoyed a strong opening weekend, but all hype was squashed the moment audiences first viewed the infamous ending.
- Memetic Mutation: The facts surrounding the Rossi case remain unresolved. Visit therossifiles.com for more information on the ongoing investigation.note
- Narm: "The Vatican did not endorse this film nor aid in its completion". You know, unlike all those OTHER demonic possession movies that got the Vatican Seal Of Approvalô. Which, as it happens, is a stamp of Buddy Christ.
- Never Live It Down: The ending.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Oh where do we even begin? The Vatican conspiracy thatís hinted at but never fully explained, never elaborating on Benís Dark and Troubled Past, whether Mariaís second exorcism was successfully or not, and then thereís that ending.