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

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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Peter T. Chattaway

Poorly written, poorly acted and poorly directed, Bless the Child may be the worst film to come out of the recent wave of occult thrillers. But it also has remarkably good intentions.

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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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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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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

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

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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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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