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The Reaping (2007)

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Critic 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.

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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.
Rating:
R (for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$25,100,000.00
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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
Stuart Greer
as Gordon
Sabrina A. Junius
as Sarah Winter
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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

A slick-looking but incredibly schlocky horror film.

April 9, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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What, I shudder to think, were the projects Hilary Swank turned down in favor of this one?

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Reaping

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 White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Good acting cannot lift this typical eerie goth horror outing as science lady (she blinded me with science sexy Hillary Swank!) meets Biblical plagues down in godforsaken "you goin' to hellfire sure and damnation Yankee liberals, doncha even believe in THE damned BIBLE, don't you?" swamp country.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It's not a bad movie and is certainly not as "god" awful as everyone says it is. We can all agree that Hilary Swank performed enthusiastically to pull The Reaping out of it's apparant pit. The truth is there is no pit for the film to be pulled out of. It's full of exciting twists and turns and maintains a mysterious atmosphere. Its not terrifying, but its cool and its interesting.

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