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.
March 6, 2005
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 2, 2004
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
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 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
Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach.
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 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.
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.
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.
March 12, 2004
A listless avenger drama.
March 11, 2004
The fascinating issue of the secularization of theatre is reduced to mere whodunnit pretext.
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