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The Reaping (2007)

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8

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 121

It may feature such accomplished actors as Hilary Swank and Stephen Rea, but The Reaping also boasts the apropos tagline "What hath God wrought?" It's schlocky, spiritually shallow, and scare-free.

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 28

It may feature such accomplished actors as Hilary Swank and Stephen Rea, but The Reaping also boasts the apropos tagline "What hath God wrought?" It's schlocky, spiritually shallow, and scare-free.

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Movie Info

Her faith shaken by a family tragedy from which she was never quite able to fully recover, a professor of theology from Louisiana State University moonlighting as a debunker of unexplained religious phenomena finds herself faced with an apocalyptic series of events that seem to reflect the ten plagues of Exodus in director Stephen Hopkins' Southern gothic chiller. The terrified citizens of Haven, LA, have been beset by swarms of locusts and watched as rivers turned to blood. As if that wasn't

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

Oct 16, 2007

$25.1M

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The cumulative effect is likely to make viewers weary, but not so weary that they can't manage a chuckle or two during the film's cheesed-out final minutes.

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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A slick-looking but incredibly schlocky horror film.

April 9, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Religious horror will always be with us, but if The Reaping connects, it'll only be because we sinned on the ticket line.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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He lays the photos out on the floor and the burn marks form a cross with a hook at the bottom, the unmistakable emblem of '70s hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult. Hey, didn't they have a big hit called "(Don't Fear) the Reaping"?

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

At no time does director Stephen Hopkins give us reason to care.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Although terrible, this film does raise ... interesting questions: Why does Hollywood keep ripping off THE OMEN? Why would anyone continue hiring Stephen Hopkins to direct a movie? Why would two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank agre to be in this mess?

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

I did like the bugs.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If The Reaping had been sown with fresher ideas, you might actually care if the devil went down to Georgia, er, Louisiana.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Is this movie a good old-fashioned good versus evil potboiler or a newfangled political statement about anti-intellectualism? The Reaping could have gone either way, but it did neither, and it did so spectacularly.

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The most positive thing about The Reaping is that it isn't as big a waste of time as last year's Omen remake; it's 14 minutes shorter.

May 2, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The 11th Biblical plague.

May 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The impressive cast do their best to bring a sense of conviction to the piece, but it had to have been blind faith that brought them into such an unholy mess.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Between effects-shots is a whole movie of people discussing how fascinating things are.

April 25, 2007 Full Review

If you had to choose between watching this and suffering boils, take the option which at least you can treat with a cream rather than years of expensive therapy

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

It's a sad state of affairs when the fit of Hilary Swank's casual slacks is more interesting than a plague of locusts.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Satanic horror films are always good for a laugh, and this one is no exception.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

... goes from barely tolerable to insufferable in the time it takes to unveil a stupid twist ending ...

April 20, 2007 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Here, for all fans of the world's most pathetic movies, is an apocalyptically disastrous horror flick set in the Bible belt.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

With a touch of X Files, a smattering of The Omen and perhaps a little too much hokiness, it's all agreeably daft fun.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The Reaping is frequently silly, occasionally cliched and slow to get going, but the acting is good and it rallies for an impressive climax.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Reaping

Katherine Winter: Ten plagues. Ten scientific explanations. 

"What Hath God Wrought?"

The Reaping is ass. It falls under the trap of what kills every bad horror film. It is predictable. There shouldn't be a one of us that can't see the "twist" coming. This is a terrible movie, but it really shouldn't have been. It had everything set up perfect to be a cool and unique film. It had a good premise, a solid lead, and amazing visuals. Weak directing and even weaker writing ultimately killed this shit fest. 

Katherine is a born again atheist. She used to be a missionary, but when she lost her daughter, she went to the dark side. Hmm... very original. Now she specializes in the debunking of "miracles." She is always able to find the scientific explanation behind every single "miracle" people proclaim. She gets an invite to come take a look at a river that has turned red. That is the first plague. The people of this town are all God crazy and think a little girl is behind everything. Katherine comes in to give them a logical explanation for everything going on. But can she?

In the end, this movie is nothing more than a waste. A waste of a good idea. A waste of Hillary Swank. But worst of all, a waste of my time. I always have trouble liking Religious Horror films. There's occasionally a good one, like The Exorcist, but for the most part, it is a garbage sub genre. I can't recommend not watching this though because Hillary Swank is Hillary Swank and she's always worth watching. Plus there is a locus scene that almost makes up for all the crap you have to wade through to get there. Just know that you're getting yourself into a truly terrible film.
June 28, 2012
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Melvin White

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Good acting cannot lift this typical eerie goth horror outing as science lady (she blinded me with science sexy Hillary Swank!) meets Biblical plagues down in godforsaken "you goin' to hellfire sure and damnation Yankee liberals, doncha even believe in THE damned BIBLE, don't you?" swamp country.
June 13, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

It's not a bad movie and is certainly not as "god" awful as everyone says it is. We can all agree that Hilary Swank performed enthusiastically to pull The Reaping out of it's apparant pit. The truth is there is no pit for the film to be pulled out of. It's full of exciting twists and turns and maintains a mysterious atmosphere. Its not terrifying, but its cool and its interesting.
December 20, 2011
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    1. Katherine Winter: I'm just tryin' to help her.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Loren McConell: What about the boy?.
    2. Katherine Winter: What boy?.
    3. Loren McConell: The boy inside you. We gotta take care of him too!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
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