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The Reckoning Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 18, 2014
A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture

Independent (UK)
March 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
It's disappointing that The Reckoning devolves into a costumed murder mystery a la Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1986 film of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
| Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Builds cleverly as the mystery deepens, then struggles to bring it all to a conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 3, 2004
A well-done murder mystery.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Christopher
Times (UK)
June 2, 2004
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
May 13, 2004
A multilayered snapshot of a decayed and disintegrating feudal system that richly develops themes and characters with an eerie modern resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 16, 2004
A challenging and thought-provoking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 2, 2004
That rare period drama that enlivens a historical era rather than feeling mired in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 1, 2004
A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael.
| Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
April 1, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 26, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 26, 2004
A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 25, 2004
An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.
| Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
March 21, 2004
The play's the thing in this classy crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 19, 2004
Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 19, 2004
The filmmakers expertly capture the 14th century in wrenching detail, all its bleakness and misery, down to the dirt-caked fingernails of peasants and priests alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 19, 2004
It's made with seriousness, intelligence and craft, and filmgoers who aren't put off by the slow pace of life in 1380 should see it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Arthur Lazere
March 18, 2004
Sustains an appropriate pacing for what is, after all, not an action flick, but, rather, in the tradition of the historical epic.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 18, 2004
Basically, it's Law & Order: Medieval Victims Unit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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