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The Reaping Reviews

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2009
Carla Meyer
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

May 28, 2007
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.

Full Review Source: Time Out

April 19, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 10, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A slick-looking but incredibly schlocky horror film.

April 9, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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For bad-movie lovers, it's manna from heaven.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 7, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

April 7, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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What, I shudder to think, were the projects Hilary Swank turned down in favor of this one?

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 7, 2007

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April 6, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The only remotely notable thing about this particular jumble of boos, bangs and door creaks is that it tries to wed the horror trend with the heated-up God market.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

April 5, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[Swank's] deft gestures and subtle inflections ring false, thanks to a script that forces her to follow the cliches of the genre, not break free of them.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 5, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Note to respected actors: If the movie involves dodging swarms of sparrow-sized locusts, tromping about in a creepy, blood-red river or facing down a scary little girl believed to be possessed by Satan, run, don't walk, out of the studio meeting.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

April 5, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie's pacing feels off and when the explanations do start to come, they feel far-fetched, even for a horror film.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 5, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film succumbs to the plague of clichés -- things suddenly leaping into the frame, screeching sound effects, and a gag that must have been old by the time Moses hit puberty: Look at this freaky stuff! Oh, it's only a dream.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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While The Reaping looks handsome -- you've never seen a prettier locust attack, believe me -- it's dumb enough to make your brain implode.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2007
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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A worthy genre entry and certainly better than most recent horror movies -- thanks mostly to its lead.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Post-Katrina Louisiana and war-torn Africa are little more than special effects generated by life instead of CGI wizards, and the only real curse is on anyone unlucky enough to buy a ticket.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 5, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[Director Stephen Hopkins] must have decided that horror needn't be technically horrifying, just flashy and programmatic and full of woo-woo choral bits that loudly command our spines to tingle. Stubborn little thing, mine didn't. And neither will yours.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 5, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence. Lately, lonely women in Hollywood movies are particularly vulnerable to attacks by multiple montages and random sound effects.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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No belief on earth can rescue Swank from a film that's a chain of disaster chintz masquerading as a sermon.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

April 5, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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From spooky prelude to investigative twaddle to surprise ending and double-surprise coda, it's as if director Stephen Hopkins is following the handbook of Satanic hooey.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

April 5, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the film begins gracefully, judiciously. Sadly, in its final 20 minutes, it throws its admirable caution to the wind.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2007
Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
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Why were they ... ? Did she ... ? Couldn't he have just ... ? Since I have no intention of watching the movie two more times to sort it all out, I'm left disgruntled. It's almost enough to make you lose faith in horror movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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An insult to intelligence and faith alike.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 5, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Stephen Hopkins directs The Reaping according to the Satanic horror manual, right down to the choral chanting on the soundtrack. The lighting is often too dark to see what's happening, and the editing makes a mess of even the most tolerable scenes.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: .5/4

April 5, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An effectively unsettling mix of Southern gothic and Old Testament hugger-mugger.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2007
James Berardinelli
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Upon reflection, it's not difficult to understand why The Reaping languished for so long on the shelves of Warner Brothers before being dumped into distribution. The film, despite attempts at edit-room reparation, is virtually unreleasable.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 4, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It's a highfalutin hodgepodge of biblical mumbo jumbo, more likely to inspire laughter than fear.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 4, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The Reaping proves that you reap what you sow, and what these particular screenwriters have sown is just another word for manure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 4, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Religious horror with multiple shocks but little substance.

April 2, 2007
Justin Chang
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For all its high-minded aspirations, The Reaping really shows its cards in the final reels, with a descent into visual bombast and spiritual chaos that is almost riveting in its silliness.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 31, 2007
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