A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture
[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
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.
| Original Score: B
Although raising intriguing questions about the moral obligation dramatists have to throw a spotlight on taboo subjects, The Reckoning offers simplistic solutions.
| Original Score: 2/5
Builds cleverly as the mystery deepens, then struggles to bring it all to a conclusion.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A well-done murder mystery.
| Original Score: 3/4
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
A multilayered snapshot of a decayed and disintegrating feudal system that richly develops themes and characters with an eerie modern resonance.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A challenging and thought-provoking film.
| Original Score: 3/5
... the premise and setting that are intriguing, but the obvious foreshadowing and labored attempt to slowly unravel the facts surrounding the plot are drawbacks.
All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
| Original Score: 2/4
May be as dreary and hopeless as the Middle Ages themselves.
The interesting insights give way to undercover constables, and gut-spilling villains
Collapses under the weight of unlikely melodrama and over-pretty visual flourishes...
It's as if the filmmakers had a 14th-century audience in mind, one that had never seen a movie.
| Original Score: C-
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.
That rare period drama that enlivens a historical era rather than feeling mired in it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael.
| Original Score: 8/10