Bless the Child Reviews

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July 22, 2014
A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.
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.
June 3, 2013
If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.
June 3, 2013
Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.
June 3, 2013
A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction.
September 7, 2011
Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask.
June 6, 2008
It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material.
January 8, 2007
Horrendous dialogue and horrific directing dominate this thriller, in which Coleman's performance shines by default.
June 24, 2006
The use of child jeopardy as a cheap suspense mechanism is somewhat dubious, but one's unease is slightly mollified by the fact that much of this is far too silly to take seriously.
March 19, 2002
It makes the battle between good and evil look trite, familiar, and boring.
April 17, 2001
The set-up ... doesn't exactly have you performing cartwheels of excitement as it lays out its rather transparent tussle between good and evil.
January 1, 2000
The scariest thing about this hokey bombast is that it got made in the first place.
January 1, 2000
Isn't genuinely scary enough to suppress the inevitable urge to laugh at its cheesy inconsistencies, but isn't howlingly funny enough to raise it to the level of genius.
January 1, 2000
It's all just cheap metaphor and stupid spectacle, with technology standing (rather inadequately) in for any sort of genuine inquiry into the fascinating mysteries and difficulties of actual faith.
January 1, 2000
The film short-changes its own dramatic build by employing cheap cutaways and less than seamless editing.
January 1, 2000
The deflatingly ordinary Bless the Child causes one to wish ... that movies about the supernatural could make contact with supernatural script doctors.
January 1, 2000
Everyone in the film looks as if they're doing penance.
January 1, 2000
The whole thing's grotesque as a gargoyle and ugly as sin.
January 1, 2000
Bless the Child is a demonstration of the evil of banality.
January 1, 2000
Bless the Child plays like stick-figure theater.
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