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The Reckoning (2004)



Critic Consensus: A talky, ponderous movie.

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (31)

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
Arizona Republic
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It's not Shakespeare in Love, and it really has no third act, but there's wonder in the scenes of theatrical invention, of theater being made up on the spot, a play in the making.

March 26, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Orlando Sentinel
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A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.

March 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
Detroit Free Press
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An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.

March 25, 2004 | Rating: B+
Detroit News
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Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.

March 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach.

March 19, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Reckoning

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.
Cynthia S.

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Turgid and uninsipired.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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A very compelling and entertaing epic mystery. Well-written and very well-performed by it's cast. A dark, riveting and thrilling film. Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany are extroadinary.

Al S
Al S

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