The Reckoning (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Reckoning (2004)



Critic Consensus: A talky, ponderous movie.

Movie Info

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality and violent images)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy, Mark Mills
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Paramount Classics - Official Site


Paul Bettany
as Nicholas
Ewen Bremner
as Simon Damian
Brian Cox
as Tobias
Tom Hardy
as Straw
Stuart Wells
as Springer
Vincent Cassel
as Lord de Guise
Matthew MacFadyen
as King's Justice
Mark Benton
as Sheriff
Tom Georgeson
as Jack Flint
Hamish McColl
as Innkeeper
Marián Aguilera
as Nicholas' Lover
Trevor Steedman
as Jealous Husband
Richard Durden
as Town Justice
Julian Barratt
as Gravedigger
Simon Pegg
as Gaoler
Rafa Izuzquiza
as Wells' Father
Jose Luis Martinez
as Man at Play
Valerie Pearson
as Woman at Play
James Cosmo
as Lambert
Balbino LaCosta
as Chamberlain
David Luque
as Captain of the Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Reckoning

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (35)

After a first hour slowed by exposition and a good deal of extraneous subplot development, the story catches fire in the second hour and keeps you engrossed.

April 1, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's not Shakespeare in Love, and it really has no third act, but there's wonder in the scenes of theatrical invention, of theater being made up on the spot, a play in the making.

Full Review… | March 26, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.

March 26, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.

March 25, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Urban Cinefile

[It's] a film with a lot on its mind -- perhaps too much. ... As it is, philosophical dilemmas spread through the film like a plague until they finally claim its life.

February 1, 2005
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for The Reckoning

Well, I have most definitely become a Paul Bettany fan. This movie was really good, and of course he was outstanding in it. The rest of the cast did a great job, also, but I think that he really made this film work. Great storyline, and great camera work.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Turgid and uninsipired.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A very compelling and entertaing epic mystery. Well-written and very well-performed by it's cast. A dark, riveting and thrilling film. Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany are extroadinary.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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