The simplistic directness of its storytelling is refreshing. It's as if the filmmakers realize they're wasting everyone's time, so they at least want to take up as little of it as possible.
—Nathan Rabin Onion AV Club
...an unholy mess of horror and Western clichés...
—Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly
It becomes clear pretty quickly that the only real thought in the movie has gone into the cowboy-gothic costumes and the computer-generated effects.
—Mike Hale New York Times
The film is somehow a disappointing combo of too-full and oddly empty. Even with all the various parts and pieces going into its structure, it feels bare-bones.
— Los Angeles Times
...a short, dour and stodgy creature feature...
—Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter
Not exactly an unholy mess, but still a rather too pious retread of classic sci-fi/action/horror riffs that lacks originality or pizzazz...
—Leslie Felperin Variety
...unimaginatively regurgitates familiar genre elements in service of preachy piousness...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
A soulless sci-fi thriller about crucifix-tattooed warriors battling vampires, Priest is too serious to be any fun.
—Peter Paras E!