The Reaping (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

A former Christian missionary, who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But, when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening, and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.

Rating: R (for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Rousso, Carey W. Hayes, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2007
Box Office: $25.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Katherine Winter

as Loren McConnell

as Father Costigan

as Sheriff Cade

as Mayor Brooks

as Jim Wakeman

as Bynn Wakeman

as William Wakeman

as Kyle Wakeman

as Maddie McConnell

as Brody McConnell

as Sarah Winter

as Jim Wakeman
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Critic Reviews for The Reaping

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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"?

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
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?

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

I did like the bugs.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Reaping


Was expecting a far worse movie than I got with this one. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. A good supernatural flick with a lot of twists and turns. I kept thinking that i was right on the reveal but only part right. Good twist.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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