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.
R (for some sexuality and violent images)
Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paul Bettany
as Nicholas
Willem Dafoe
as Martin
Simon McBurney
as Stephen
Ewen Bremner
as Simon Damian
Gina McKee
as Sarah
Brian Cox
as Tobias
Tom Hardy
as Straw
Stuart Wells
as Springer
Vincent Cassel
as Lord de Guise
Matthew MacFadyen
as King's Justice
Mark Benton
as Sheriff
Tom Georgeson
as Jack Flint
Hamish McColl
as Innkeeper
Marián Aguilera
as Nicholas' Lover
Trevor Steedman
as Jealous Husband
Richard Durden
as Town Justice
Niall Buggy
as Priest
Julian Barratt
as Gravedigger
Simon Pegg
as Gaoler
Maria Teresa Berganza
as Wells' Mother
Rafa Izuzquiza
as Wells' Father
Jose Luis Martinez
as Man at Play
Valerie Pearson
as Woman at Play
James Cosmo
as Lambert
Balbino LaCosta
as Chamberlain
Heathcote Williams
as Undertaker
David Luque
as Captain of the Guard
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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
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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
Orlando Sentinel
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A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.

March 25, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.

March 25, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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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