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Bless the Child (2000)


Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 109

Critics Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.

Average Rating: 2.5/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 34

Critics Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 35,147



Movie Info

In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable to care for her properly, she turns Cody over to her sister, psychiatric nurse Maggie O'Connell (Kim Basinger). Maggie raises Cody as her own, but when the child (now played by Holliston Coleman) turns six, Jenna and her new husband Eric (Rufus Sewell) forcibly take back the child. Maggie believes Jenna and Eric are not fit parents, but when she … More

R (for violence, drug content and brief language)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Chuck Russell , Don Roos , Tom Rickman
In Theaters:
Feb 13, 2001
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bless the Child

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (109) | DVD (14)

A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

Bless the Child is unsettling but it is never really terrifying. It's closer to a scary dream than a true nightmare.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Jam! Movies

This mystical saga of good versus evil gets a very low grade for originality, packing in as it does too many of the same acrane-mysterioso bits of religious imagery, moody thriller gimmicks and climactic machismo antics as the earlier films.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Tulsa World

It's all utter nonsense, but entertaining in a daft sort of way, though Christina Ricci is shamefully wasted in an irrelevent supporting role.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Radio Times

I don't know if I'm getting more squeamish, or simply less charitable at being exploitatively manipulated and taken for a moron: possibly both. But I think others will share my disgust at several scenes in Bless The Child.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
This is London

Bless The Child pulls every cheap cinematic trick possible to try and put the willies into its punters and, unsurprisingly, fails.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Total Film

A sloppy, silly, and sometimes ludicrous movie perpetually haunted by the specter of what it could have been.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
IGN Movies

An excruciatingly silly script, clunky editing, and an overbearing orchestral score help make Bless the Child something to avoid at all costs.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014

This adaptation of Cathy Cash Spellman's novel is pulp fiction with airs, and director Chuck Russell builds absolutely no suspense.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A pox on the house of all involved.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Austin Chronicle

By turns lurid, risible and offensive.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Baltimore Sun

Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

Winning an Oscar has changed Kim Basinger, and not in a good way.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010

The special effects are impressive, but the dialogue is an unintentional hoot.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Bless the Child

Wow, this is a rarity: a modern-day film in which the Christians (mostly nuns in this story) are the "good guys" and the New Age advocates are the devil-like "bad guys."
Kim Basinger makes an outstanding performance in this supernatural film about a woman's battle to save her beloved niece from an unspeakable evil. There is some very good suspense here, especially at the end and some shocking horror scenes of violence. Good vs Evil, and it's done well for me. And I thought Rufus Sewell's performance as Stark is well acted and convincingly evil. I see Christina Ricci appeared a very small part in this movie.
Director Chuck Russell makes a good attempt to throw in horror and chills at the right moments and even throws in some great effects such as the Devil's manifestation in to a throne and even a rolling head for fans of a little gore.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Strong permofance by Kim Berenger. Great Movie with great casting. I like Rufus Sewell, he can play anything and I never feel like he is acting.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this movie was. I normally don't like Kim Basinger of Rufus Sewell, but they were both pretty good in this really rather chilling movie. I really like movies that deal with the human aspect in the occult. Christina Ricci's character really added to it as well. I might have liked a little less simpering from miss Kim, but the child actress mkore than made up for her.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

I know I've SEEN it, but I can't remember anything about it. Can the movie be so bad, I've completely expunged it from my memory?

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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