All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
| Original Score: 2/4
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
| Original Score: C+
A murder mystery becomes the catalyst for a showdown between truth and art, but while both triumph in the end, there is no mystery to the murder
As 'The Reckoning' shifts from being a simple period drama to a whodunit thriller, it actually loses energy.
(Why would) the people of this village...pay to see the still-fresh horror of a child's brutal murder fictionalized for them like some Middle-Ages Movie of the Week?
A talky, sententious affair.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fine cast delivers the goods, but the murkiness is thick and finally overpowering.
A comparably lively wrap-up comes maybe 100 minutes in, which is mighty late for an already near-quaint drama to be getting its jump-start.
Has so many ideas working in it that they all but suffocate its thin plot.
An intriguing misfire, with heavy-handed direction threatening to obscure the efforts of a gifted cast.
The fascinating issue of the secularization of theatre is reduced to mere whodunnit pretext.
A listless avenger drama.
The Name of the Rose this ain't.
An ambitious but ineptly plotted British import that attempts to fuse The Seventh Seal with a period whodunit like The Name of the Rose.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
gets bogged down in the final reckoning
| Original Score: 3/5
[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
...impressive visually but completely dull storywise.
... the premise and setting that are intriguing, but the obvious foreshadowing and labored attempt to slowly unravel the facts surrounding the plot are drawbacks.
Life certainly was harder back in the 14th centurty, dirtier too. The story, however, based on Barry Unsworth's novel "Morality Play" is not so interesting.
What had been an intriguing, character-driven narrative steeped in gritty period detail like The Name of the Rose degenerates into the art-house cinema equivalent of C.S.I., without that series' narrative drive and economy.