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½ September 27, 2015
Trust in me. Hope. Hope in him.

A priest who was banished after getting caught having sex with a married woman joins a traveling play. The play arrives in a town where a murder was recently executed and an unlikely woman suspect has been arrested and assigned to be hanged. The play group reenacts the murder in their play in hopes of uncovering clues and those responsible for the killing.

"Man's nature is corrupt."

Paul McGuigan, director of Wicker Park, Lucky Number Sleven, Push, The Acid House, and episodes from the television series Sherlock, Scandal, and Monroe, delivers The Reckoning. The storyline for this picture is above average but the execution is just okay. The acting is better than average and the cast includes Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Ewen Bremner, and Richard Durden.

"You gave her hope."

I came across this on Netflix while reviewing Tom Hardy pictures. This was interesting and fun to watch unfold but is more of a lazy Sunday afternoon movie than a must see. I only recommend seeing this if nothing better is on, but it is worth viewing once.

"We're actors not judges."

Grade: C
April 12, 2015
The worst kind of anachronism, this movie tries to condemn child abuse in a medieval setting, a society that arguably didn't even recognize that crime.
March 26, 2015
Paul McGuigan, el director de la poderosa "Gangster No. 1" repite con Paul Bettany, esta vez en una historia ubicada en la Inglaterra de la Edad Media. Bettany interpreta a un sacerdote que comete adulterio y decide refugiarse con un grupo de actores intinerantes liderados por Martin (Willem Dafoe). Al llegar a un pueblo descubren un misterio relacionado con la violenta muerte de un niño que hace de "The Reckoning" una maravillosa historia didáctica como también una atmosférica historia de suspenso.
November 24, 2013
The Reckoning has a great cast that do a wonderful job in carrying a story that has the material to become something more, but lacks the proper execution. Consumed with sin, mystery and higher-righteousness, this is not a complicated movie to follow, and can be to a point quite riveting. However, it is unable to create a believable scene and has too many bizarre moments to be taken too seriously. The reckoning is a film one wants to like, but struggles to find real reason.
September 29, 2013
Very good. Didn't give too much away, but gives enough. The story is pretty dark, but it's incredibly well done.
February 7, 2013
great Medieval film about the world of the Morality Plays!
February 4, 2013
The best film you've probably never heard of about a Medieval troupe of traveling actors...and a priest on the run from his past played excellently by Paul Bettany...well worth watching!
December 17, 2012
The Reckoning is a powerful film about the nature of truth and justice set in the Middle Ages, with a gripping script and an excellent cast. It was a nice change from medieval films that are all about battles and fighting. Some of the critics compared it to The Name of the Rose, also an excellent film about the Middle Ages and a series of murders, but there are the only similarities. Each is a brilliant and intriguing movie in it's own right.
November 13, 2012
Mediocre film from both a talented director & its talented stars.
August 1, 2012
2 stars just for the great cast and superb acting!
story was lame!
July 26, 2012
Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Vincent Cassel, Simon Pegg, Matthew Macfadyen, Ewen Bremner.... None of whom stop this being completely and unbearably terrible.
½ July 19, 2012
Tediously slow movie that feels every inch an adapted play as it shows little imagination in locations while being wordy when visual would have conveyed the meaning just as well. Defoe tries his best to fill the space but faced with the stagnant void that defines Bettany's style of acting the whole thing moves at a snails pace. If the first hour could be condensed into 20minutes the movie would have worked a lot better as the 4th act actually delivers something but it's too long a journey to be satisfying.
April 28, 2012
He's just so damn dramatic.
Super Reviewer
November 23, 2011
This turned out to be a pretty decent murder mystery, set in 14th century England with a priest on the run as the sleuth. A solid cast, with Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, and Brian Cox the most recognizable names, carried off their parts well. Dreary scenery, but this is the middle ages, so what is there to expect? The story is pretty straight forward and there are few surprises, but it was nice to watch it unfold.
½ November 16, 2011
Interesting but nothing to write home about. Doesn't go deep enough or no real big climax. Worth a watch.
½ September 13, 2011
I really disliked this movie. I liked the cast, but the movie was terrible.
July 22, 2011
The 'true story' play was really well done. But a lot of the rest wasn't great.
½ June 26, 2011
Great movie. Expected nothing less.
½ May 1, 2011
A monk on the run from breaking his vows of chastity joins a traveling performing troupe, and together the group uses their acting abilities to unmask a serial murderer in medieval times. A great cast and an interesting plot make this an atypical movie set in historical times.
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