Bless the Child

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Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.

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When Maggie's sister Jenna saddles her with an autistic newborn named Cody she touches Maggie's heart and becomes the daughter she has always longed for. But six years later Jenna suddenly re-enters her life and, with her mysterious new husband, Eric Stark, abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children.

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Kim Basinger
Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits
Agent John Travis
Rufus Sewell
Eric Stark
Michael Gaston
Det. Frank Bugatti
Lumi Cavazos
Sister Rosa
Eugene Lipinski
Stuart
Bruce Davey
Executive Producer
Peter Menzies Jr.
Director of Photography
Robert Rehme
Executive Producer
Lis Kern
Executive Producer
Thomas Rickman
Screen Story Writer
Carol Spier
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Critic Reviews for Bless the Child

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (108)

  • A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.

    July 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • I don't know if I'm getting more squeamish, or simply less charitable at being exploitatively manipulated and taken for a moron: possibly both. But I think others will share my disgust at several scenes in Bless The Child.

    July 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.

    June 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.

    June 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction.

    June 3, 2013 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

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  • Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bless the Child

  • Jul 20, 2012
    The story was really cheesy and yet frightening. It may not be scary for everyone but was certaining frightening for religious folks. People do not like this film because they are not christians I presume. The religious symbols and the thriller type of elements were really scary, the use of shots were beautiful, acting by everyone in the film was fantastic, there's nothing to complain about the film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    boring and just plain silly film.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2011
    Pretty good supernatural thriller. When Kim Basingers junkie sister leaves her with her newborn baby, nice nurse lady Kim takes her in and eventually feels like her own daughter. Little does she know that the little girl has powers within her that can be used for good or the ultimate evil. Shit begins to happen when the sister appears with a new husband who's also the leader of a cult and takes the little girl, trying to make her see her dark and evil powers are the way forward. With its decent cast including Angela Betis, Rufus Sewell, Christina Ricci and Jimmy Smits alongside Basinger, Bless The Child has a more classy feel and is more of a thriller with horror elements instead of the straight ahead horror, almost Exorcist style film it was billed as by certain parties when it first came out. This actually makes the horror elements more effective sometimes. Worth a watch.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    Strong permofance by Kim Berenger. Great Movie with great casting. I like Rufus Sewell, he can play anything and I never feel like he is acting.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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