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The Reckoning Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2004
A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
March 19, 2004
Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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 18, 2004
Has its flaws, among them a certain self-righteousness and a complicated storyline, but it is never less than gripping thanks to its gifted international cast.
March 18, 2004
A suspenseless amateur-sleuth movie.
March 12, 2004
Carries too heavy a burden to succeed as the trifle it really is.
March 12, 2004
The Name of the Rose this ain't.
March 12, 2004
Overstuffed and, in its own way, preachy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2004
The Reckoning has just a little too much of the whodunit and the thriller and not enough of the temper of its clash between cultures, but it works, maybe because the simplicity of the underlying plot is masked by the oddness of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2004
A listless avenger drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2004
The fascinating issue of the secularization of theatre is reduced to mere whodunnit pretext.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 11, 2004
Director McGuigan doesn't show much interest in tempo or character development, and the pace is numbing.
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 central conceit of 'let's save lives by putting on a play' seems not only artificial, but also hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 8, 2004
The Reckoning is uneven sometimes, it's implausible, but I admire the chances it takes and I liked its bold heart.
March 6, 2004
Beneath the ill-fitting title lies an intriguing if flawed medieval murder mystery.
March 5, 2004
Top-notch cinematography and set design that perfectly capture a hardscrabble medieval milieu, along with artful but sluggish direction by Paul McGuigan, make this a superficially faultless production that somehow lacks juice.
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 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
A serial-killer movie without a car chase, a wise older cop, a pounding electronic score or even Ashley Judd. Apparently, miracles do happen.
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
For its first hour or so, the story moves at a steady clip, generating enough mystery to keep you guessing and enough atmosphere to keep you interested.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2004
A talky, sententious affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2004
Proceeds with such leaden literal-mindedness that it never seems more than a stodgy (and, at times, blatantly silly) paperback affair.
March 3, 2004
Dafoe makes Martin's role as head of the company as naturalistic as that of any contemporary SoHo creative director.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 2, 2004
Emphatically acted, ponderous, and ultimately a little silly.