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The Last Sin Eater (2007)

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19

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 30

This earnest Christian parable is undone by its pompous dialogue and cheap FX.

14

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

This earnest Christian parable is undone by its pompous dialogue and cheap FX.

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Michael Landon Jr. directs this period drama set in 1850s Appalachia and concerning a young girl who carries a crushing burden. Ten-year-old Cadi Forbes' (Liana Liberato) sister has died as the result of a tragic accident, and now the surviving sibling can't help feeling somewhat responsible for her sister's untimely death. Desperate to shake the guilt she feels and absolve her dearly departed kin from her Earthly sins, Cadi seeks out the assistance of the one person rumored to have the power of

PG-13,

Drama

May 15, 2007

$0.2M

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Squanders its good intentions with its numbingly bloated 140-minute running time.

February 15, 2007
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Unfortunately for God-fearing youths in desperate need of counseling on the horrors of sin-eating, [Cadi's] spiritual awakening will likely put audiences to sleep.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The Last Sin Eater is close to nature and boasts many of the elements we expect from solid family entertainment, albeit with tragic overtones that keep the story grounded in a rich emotional context.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It has the same dramatic flatness of Love's Abiding Joy, which was made by the same filmmakers. Frankly, these folks are more suited to the Hallmark Channel.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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What should be a simple parable of redemption takes nearly an unforgivable 2 1/2 hours.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The special effects look like they were executed on somebody's laptop.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Defects in the story are bad enough, but other issues truly doom The Last Sin Eater.

March 3, 2007
Reel.com

The story has enough mystery and drama to keep the attention of any audience.

February 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

It has earnestness but not a lot of conviction...

February 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

...[an] ambitious but sappy saga...the redemptive vibes are unevenly at work in this tepid tale of sin and salvation.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

As a window into an older culture, or an evening's entertainment with the family, you could certainly do worse.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Marred by a certain awkward earnestness.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Folks wanting to hear the usual New Testament message will be pleased; others may feel that the tension dissolves in homilies and wish the main character weren't led around by a blonde-haired little angel in a white dress.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

A strong story is hindered here by on-the-nose dialogue and melodramatic delivery that makes it seem more like a pulpit-pounding sermon than a slyly subtle parable.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

At its best, the low-budget Last Sin Eater achieves some powerful moments.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A watchable film for adults, though torturously glacial for kids.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Perversely fascinating as a cultural document, but as a movie it's simply dreadful.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An ambitious movie, but maybe a bit too ambitious as it becomes three movies crammed into one.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com
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Audience Reviews for The Last Sin Eater

Fox Family Films has nothing but great films and this is another one, Great for ages 12-99. Ranks up there with the movie a Night with the King. You will not be sorry you get this one
February 10, 2008
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