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The Last Sin Eater (2007)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 7,121


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for thematic elements, and some intense sequences of violence)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 15, 2007
Box Office:
Fox Faith Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Last Sin Eater

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (30)

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

February 15, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

What should be a simple parable of redemption takes nearly an unforgivable 2 1/2 hours.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The special effects look like they were executed on somebody's laptop.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Defects in the story are bad enough, but other issues truly doom The Last Sin Eater.

March 3, 2007

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

Full Review… | February 25, 2007
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Movie Eye

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Christianity Today

Marred by a certain awkward earnestness.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2007

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

Bruce Bruce

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