Bless the Child
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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 O'Connell (Kim Basinger). Maggie raises Cody as her own, but when the child (now played by Holliston Coleman) turns six, Jenna and her new husband Eric (Rufus Sewell) forcibly take back the child. Maggie believes Jenna and Eric are not fit parents, but when she takes the matter up with detective John Travis (Jimmy Smits), they discover that a number of… More

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"A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins."
‑ Dave McCoy, Seattle Times
"A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Bless the Child is unsettling but it is never really terrifying. It's closer to a scary dream than a true nightmare."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"I don't know if I'm getting more squeamish, or simply less charitable at being exploitatively manipulated and taken for a moron: possibly both. But I think others will share my disgust at several scenes in Bless The Child."
‑ Alexander Walker, This is London
"An excruciatingly silly script, clunky editing, and an overbearing orchestral score help make Bless the Child something to avoid at all costs."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Bless The Child pulls every cheap cinematic trick possible to try and put the willies into its punters and, unsurprisingly, fails."
‑ , Total Film
"This adaptation of Cathy Cash Spellman's novel is pulp fiction with airs, and director Chuck Russell builds absolutely no suspense."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"It's all utter nonsense, but entertaining in a daft sort of way, though Christina Ricci is shamefully wasted in an irrelevent supporting role."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"A sloppy, silly, and sometimes ludicrous movie perpetually haunted by the specter of what it could have been."
‑ Glen Oliver, IGN Movies
"A pox on the house of all involved."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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