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November 18, 2015
Poorly written, poorly acted and poorly directed, Bless the Child may be the worst film to come out of the recent wave of occult thrillers. But it also has remarkably good intentions.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
July 22, 2014
Bless the Child is unsettling but it is never really terrifying. It's closer to a scary dream than a true nightmare.
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Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
July 22, 2014
A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 22, 2014
This mystical saga of good versus evil gets a very low grade for originality, packing in as it does too many of the same acrane-mysterioso bits of religious imagery, moody thriller gimmicks and climactic machismo antics as the earlier films.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
July 22, 2014
It's all utter nonsense, but entertaining in a daft sort of way, though Christina Ricci is shamefully wasted in an irrelevent supporting role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
July 22, 2014
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.

Total Film
July 22, 2014
Bless The Child pulls every cheap cinematic trick possible to try and put the willies into its punters and, unsurprisingly, fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies
July 22, 2014
A sloppy, silly, and sometimes ludicrous movie perpetually haunted by the specter of what it could have been.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 5, 2014
An excruciatingly silly script, clunky editing, and an overbearing orchestral score help make Bless the Child something to avoid at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 3, 2013
This adaptation of Cathy Cash Spellman's novel is pulp fiction with airs, and director Chuck Russell builds absolutely no suspense.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 3, 2013
A pox on the house of all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
June 3, 2013
By turns lurid, risible and offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 3, 2013
If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 3, 2013
Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 3, 2013
A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 3, 2013
Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2010
Winning an Oscar has changed Kim Basinger, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The special effects are impressive, but the dialogue is an unintentional hoot.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Koehler
June 6, 2008
It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material.
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