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The Reaping Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
Dallas Morning News
May 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: C-
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 19, 2007
I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 10, 2007
What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 9, 2007
A slick-looking but incredibly schlocky horror film.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 7, 2007
For bad-movie lovers, it's manna from heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 7, 2007
Religious horror will always be with us, but if The Reaping connects, it'll only be because we sinned on the ticket line.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 7, 2007
What, I shudder to think, were the projects Hilary Swank turned down in favor of this one?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2007
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 5, 2007
The only remotely notable thing about this particular jumble of boos, bangs and door creaks is that it tries to wed the horror trend with the heated-up God market.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 5, 2007
[Swank's] deft gestures and subtle inflections ring false, thanks to a script that forces her to follow the cliches of the genre, not break free of them.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 5, 2007
Note to respected actors: If the movie involves dodging swarms of sparrow-sized locusts, tromping about in a creepy, blood-red river or facing down a scary little girl believed to be possessed by Satan, run, don't walk, out of the studio meeting.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 5, 2007
The movie's pacing feels off and when the explanations do start to come, they feel far-fetched, even for a horror film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 5, 2007
The film succumbs to the plague of clichés -- things suddenly leaping into the frame, screeching sound effects, and a gag that must have been old by the time Moses hit puberty: Look at this freaky stuff! Oh, it's only a dream.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 5, 2007
While The Reaping looks handsome -- you've never seen a prettier locust attack, believe me -- it's dumb enough to make your brain implode.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2007
A worthy genre entry and certainly better than most recent horror movies -- thanks mostly to its lead.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 5, 2007
Post-Katrina Louisiana and war-torn Africa are little more than special effects generated by life instead of CGI wizards, and the only real curse is on anyone unlucky enough to buy a ticket.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2007
[Director Stephen Hopkins] must have decided that horror needn't be technically horrifying, just flashy and programmatic and full of woo-woo choral bits that loudly command our spines to tingle. Stubborn little thing, mine didn't. And neither will yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2007
Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence. Lately, lonely women in Hollywood movies are particularly vulnerable to attacks by multiple montages and random sound effects.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2007
No belief on earth can rescue Swank from a film that's a chain of disaster chintz masquerading as a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 5, 2007
From spooky prelude to investigative twaddle to surprise ending and double-surprise coda, it's as if director Stephen Hopkins is following the handbook of Satanic hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 5, 2007
Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the film begins gracefully, judiciously. Sadly, in its final 20 minutes, it throws its admirable caution to the wind.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2007
Why were they ... ? Did she ... ? Couldn't he have just ... ? Since I have no intention of watching the movie two more times to sort it all out, I'm left disgruntled. It's almost enough to make you lose faith in horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 5, 2007
An insult to intelligence and faith alike.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 5, 2007
Stephen Hopkins directs The Reaping according to the Satanic horror manual, right down to the choral chanting on the soundtrack. The lighting is often too dark to see what's happening, and the editing makes a mess of even the most tolerable scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2007
An effectively unsettling mix of Southern gothic and Old Testament hugger-mugger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 4, 2007
Upon reflection, it's not difficult to understand why The Reaping languished for so long on the shelves of Warner Brothers before being dumped into distribution. The film, despite attempts at edit-room reparation, is virtually unreleasable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 4, 2007
It's a highfalutin hodgepodge of biblical mumbo jumbo, more likely to inspire laughter than fear.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 4, 2007
The Reaping proves that you reap what you sow, and what these particular screenwriters have sown is just another word for manure.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2007
Religious horror with multiple shocks but little substance.
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 31, 2007
For all its high-minded aspirations, The Reaping really shows its cards in the final reels, with a descent into visual bombast and spiritual chaos that is almost riveting in its silliness.