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England 14th century. Plague and attacks threaten remote communities and the forests that surround them add nameless terrors. The people labor under the yoke of two oppressive powers -- the Church laying claim to their souls and the Knights, the feudal warlords, who command life or death. Nicholas (Paul Bettany), a young priest, is discovered in the act of adultery by a husband who dies in the ensuing struggle. Appalled by his fall from grace, he turns his back on the Church and goes on the run.

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  • As for young master Bettany, his Nicholas never managed to convince at all. His priest was insufficiently Godfearing, his adulterer not lusty enough, his actor too facile, and his detective too forensic.

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    March 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although raising intriguing questions about the moral obligation dramatists have to throw a spotlight on taboo subjects, The Reckoning offers simplistic solutions.

    June 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold

    June 2, 2004 | Full Review…
  • As an existential awakening into the light and triumph of rational thought over superstition, it's an engaging film, but as a murder mystery it plods along as though weighted down by the heavens and more.

    April 17, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • After a first hour slowed by exposition and a good deal of extraneous subplot development, the story catches fire in the second hour and keeps you engrossed.

    April 1, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Reckoning

  • Nov 23, 2011
    This turned out to be a pretty decent murder mystery, set in 14th century England with a priest on the run as the sleuth. A solid cast, with Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, and Brian Cox the most recognizable names, carried off their parts well. Dreary scenery, but this is the middle ages, so what is there to expect? The story is pretty straight forward and there are few surprises, but it was nice to watch it unfold.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Well, I have most definitely become a Paul Bettany fan. This movie was really good, and of course he was outstanding in it. The rest of the cast did a great job, also, but I think that he really made this film work. Great storyline, and great camera work.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    <b>"What are you really running from? I see it in you, not the woman...some darker secret."</b> During the 1300's in England, a disgraced priest (Paul Bettany) flees his church and joins a traveling troupe of actors. They are set to perform in a village where a boy has recently been murdered. In search of the truth, the troupe acts out a performance of the alleged crime. A unique and exceptional murder mystery with stellar performances by Paul Bettany and Willem Dafoe. <b>"Theirs is the silence of consent."</b><br>
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  • Apr 28, 2008
    Turgid and uninsipired.
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