Bless the Child (2000)



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

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

Rating: R (for violence, drug content and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chuck Russell, Don Roos, Tom Rickman, Ellen Green, Clifford Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2001
Box Office: $28.1M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bless the Child

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34)

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

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

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