The Reaping

2007

The Reaping

Critics Consensus

It may feature such accomplished actors as Hilary Swank and Stephen Rea, but The Reaping also boasts the apropos tagline "What hath God wrought?" It's schlocky, spiritually shallow, and scare-free.

8%

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Total Count: 132

49%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 78,976
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A former Christian missionary, who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But, when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening, and she must regain her faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community.

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Cast

Hilary Swank
as Katherine Winter
AnnaSophia Robb
as Loren McConnell
Stephen Rea
as Father Costigan
William Ragsdale
as Sheriff Cade
John McConnell
as Mayor Brooks
Dave Jensen
as Jim Wakeman
Yvonne Landry
as Bynn Wakeman
Samuel Garland
as William Wakeman
Myles Cleveland
as Kyle Wakeman
Andrea Frankle
as Maddie McConnell
Mark Lynch
as Brody McConnell
Sabrina A. Junius
as Sarah Winter
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Critic Reviews for The Reaping

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (32)

  • The cumulative effect is likely to make viewers weary, but not so weary that they can't manage a chuckle or two during the film's cheesed-out final minutes.

    May 28, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's a sad state of affairs when the fit of Hilary Swank's casual slacks is more interesting than a plague of locusts.

    Apr 24, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Satanic horror films are always good for a laugh, and this one is no exception.

    Apr 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.

    Apr 19, 2007 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?

    Apr 10, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close.

    Apr 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Reaping

  • Dec 15, 2018
    Hilary Swank and Idris Elba lead the cast in the apocalyptic horror thriller The Reaping. When a small-town starts experiencing biblical plagues they seek the help of college professor Katherine Morrissey, who specializes in investigating and disproving religious phenomena. The script is a little uneven and does a rather poor job at revealing Katherine's mysterious backstory. However, Stephen Hopkins' directing adds a lot of tension and suspense, as does the score. And AnnaSophia Robb is especially good as a creepy little girl. The Reaping is formulaic and bit cliched, but it delivers some chilling scares.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2015
    Thought this was going to be dreadful, but it ended up being surprisingly good. It was sufficiently scary, tells a good story, and has a couple of great twists too.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    HIlary Swank does not suit horror films, the end. It had many potentials, the story line itself was intriguing at first, a debunker of religious phenomena solved the mysteries scientifically, but then bam, you get to a Southern Town with a religious cult. It went down hill immediately. There are no twists as the film was very formulaic, neither were there any shocks. Disappointed.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Katherine Winter: Ten plagues. Ten scientific explanations.  "What Hath God Wrought?" The Reaping is ass. It falls under the trap of what kills every bad horror film. It is predictable. There shouldn't be a one of us that can't see the "twist" coming. This is a terrible movie, but it really shouldn't have been. It had everything set up perfect to be a cool and unique film. It had a good premise, a solid lead, and amazing visuals. Weak directing and even weaker writing ultimately killed this shit fest.  Katherine is a born again atheist. She used to be a missionary, but when she lost her daughter, she went to the dark side. Hmm... very original. Now she specializes in the debunking of "miracles." She is always able to find the scientific explanation behind every single "miracle" people proclaim. She gets an invite to come take a look at a river that has turned red. That is the first plague. The people of this town are all God crazy and think a little girl is behind everything. Katherine comes in to give them a logical explanation for everything going on. But can she? In the end, this movie is nothing more than a waste. A waste of a good idea. A waste of Hillary Swank. But worst of all, a waste of my time. I always have trouble liking Religious Horror films. There's occasionally a good one, like The Exorcist, but for the most part, it is a garbage sub genre. I can't recommend not watching this though because Hillary Swank is Hillary Swank and she's always worth watching. Plus there is a locus scene that almost makes up for all the crap you have to wade through to get there. Just know that you're getting yourself into a truly terrible film.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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