The Reckoning Reviews

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August 18, 2014
A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture
March 6, 2005
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 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 16, 2004
A challenging and thought-provoking film.
April 2, 2004
That rare period drama that enlivens a historical era rather than feeling mired in it.
April 1, 2004
A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael.
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.
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.
March 26, 2004
A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.
March 25, 2004
An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.
March 21, 2004
The play's the thing in this classy crime thriller.
March 19, 2004
Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.
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.
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.
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.
March 18, 2004
Basically, it's Law & Order: Medieval Victims Unit.
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