The Reckoning Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 18, 2014
A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
February 1, 2005
[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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
It's disappointing that The Reckoning devolves into a costumed murder mystery a la Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1986 film of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 8, 2004
Although raising intriguing questions about the moral obligation dramatists have to throw a spotlight on taboo subjects, The Reckoning offers simplistic solutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Builds cleverly as the mystery deepens, then struggles to bring it all to a conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 3, 2004
A well-done murder mystery.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Christopher
Times [UK]
June 2, 2004
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
May 13, 2004
A multilayered snapshot of a decayed and disintegrating feudal system that richly develops themes and characters with an eerie modern resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 24, 2004
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 17, 2004
As an existential awakening into the light and triumph of rational thought over superstition, it's an engaging film, but as a murder mystery it plods along as though weighted down by the heavens and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 16, 2004
A challenging and thought-provoking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 9, 2004
... the premise and setting that are intriguing, but the obvious foreshadowing and labored attempt to slowly unravel the facts surrounding the plot are drawbacks.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 9, 2004
All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
April 9, 2004
May be as dreary and hopeless as the Middle Ages themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 9, 2004
The interesting insights give way to undercover constables, and gut-spilling villains
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 5, 2004
Collapses under the weight of unlikely melodrama and over-pretty visual flourishes...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 2, 2004
It's as if the filmmakers had a 14th-century audience in mind, one that had never seen a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2004
It's nothing new to see a film that is better in concept than execution, or a film that wastes a talented cast. Sadly, The Reckoning does both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 2, 2004
That rare period drama that enlivens a historical era rather than feeling mired in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 1, 2004
A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael.
| Original Score: 8/10
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