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The Reckoning Reviews

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April 9, 2004
All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2004
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2004
A murder mystery becomes the catalyst for a showdown between truth and art, but while both triumph in the end, there is no mystery to the murder
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 19, 2004
As 'The Reckoning' shifts from being a simple period drama to a whodunit thriller, it actually loses energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2004
(Why would) the people of this village...pay to see the still-fresh horror of a child's brutal murder fictionalized for them like some Middle-Ages Movie of the Week?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2004
A talky, sententious affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2004
Fine cast delivers the goods, but the murkiness is thick and finally overpowering.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2004
A comparably lively wrap-up comes maybe 100 minutes in, which is mighty late for an already near-quaint drama to be getting its jump-start.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2004
Has so many ideas working in it that they all but suffocate its thin plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2004
An intriguing misfire, with heavy-handed direction threatening to obscure the efforts of a gifted cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 11, 2004
The fascinating issue of the secularization of theatre is reduced to mere whodunnit pretext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 12, 2004
A listless avenger drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2004
The Name of the Rose this ain't.
March 18, 2004
An ambitious but ineptly plotted British import that attempts to fuse The Seventh Seal with a period whodunit like The Name of the Rose.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 8, 2004
gets bogged down in the final reckoning
| Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2005
[It's] a film with a lot on its mind -- perhaps too much. ... As it is, philosophical dilemmas spread through the film like a plague until they finally claim its life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2004
...impressive visually but completely dull storywise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
... the premise and setting that are intriguing, but the obvious foreshadowing and labored attempt to slowly unravel the facts surrounding the plot are drawbacks.
March 9, 2004
Life certainly was harder back in the 14th centurty, dirtier too. The story, however, based on Barry Unsworth's novel "Morality Play" is not so interesting.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 11, 2004
What had been an intriguing, character-driven narrative steeped in gritty period detail like The Name of the Rose degenerates into the art-house cinema equivalent of C.S.I., without that series' narrative drive and economy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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