Bless the Child
Bless the Child (2000)

In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable to care for her properly, she turns Cody over to her sister, psychiatric nurse Maggie… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 3% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.

Dave McCoy
Seattle Times

A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction.

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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

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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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

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.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.

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Robert Koehler
Variety

It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

It's all utter nonsense, but entertaining in a daft sort of way, though Christina Ricci is shamefully wasted in an irrelevent supporting role.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Wow, this is a rarity: a modern-day film in which the Christians (mostly nuns in this story) are the "good guys" and the New Age advocates are the… More
Steve B.
I know I've SEEN it, but I can't remember anything about it. Can the movie be so bad, I've completely expunged it from my memory?
Wahida K
Strong permofance by Kim Berenger. Great Movie with great casting. I like Rufus Sewell, he can play anything and I never feel like he is acting.
Leigh Ryan
Well done movie, very intriguing.
Emily Armstrong
I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this movie was. I normally don't like Kim Basinger of Rufus Sewell, but they were both pretty good in this… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]How bad is 'Bless the Child'? How bad does bad get? Kim Basinger somehow forgets she actually won an Oscar for something… More