The Reckoning Reviews

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January 9, 2018
As for young master Bettany, his Nicholas never managed to convince at all. His priest was insufficiently Godfearing, his adulterer not lusty enough, his actor too facile, and his detective too forensic.
August 18, 2014
A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture
September 16, 2005
It's a shame the story's such a stinker, because this is one great-looking movie.
March 6, 2005
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.
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.
June 8, 2004
Although raising intriguing questions about the moral obligation dramatists have to throw a spotlight on taboo subjects, The Reckoning offers simplistic solutions.
June 5, 2004
Builds cleverly as the mystery deepens, then struggles to bring it all to a conclusion.
June 3, 2004
A well-done murder mystery.
June 2, 2004
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
May 13, 2004
A multilayered snapshot of a decayed and disintegrating feudal system that richly develops themes and characters with an eerie modern resonance.
April 24, 2004
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
April 17, 2004
As an existential awakening into the light and triumph of rational thought over superstition, it's an engaging film, but as a murder mystery it plods along as though weighted down by the heavens and more.
April 16, 2004
A challenging and thought-provoking film.
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.
April 9, 2004
All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
April 9, 2004
May be as dreary and hopeless as the Middle Ages themselves.
April 9, 2004
The interesting insights give way to undercover constables, and gut-spilling villains
April 5, 2004
Collapses under the weight of unlikely melodrama and over-pretty visual flourishes...
April 2, 2004
It's as if the filmmakers had a 14th-century audience in mind, one that had never seen a movie.
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