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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"If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"It reps another disappointing outing from Kim Basinger, who's clearly uninspired by the hack material."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"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
"By turns lurid, risible and offensive."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"Winning an Oscar has changed Kim Basinger, and not in a good way."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Horrendous dialogue and horrific directing dominate this thriller, in which Coleman's performance shines by default."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"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)
"A supernatural thriller that does for its genre what Battlefield Earth did for science fiction."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The special effects are impressive, but the dialogue is an unintentional hoot."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Director Chuck Russell also made the infinitely better comedy The Mask. After this, he may want to wear a mask."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The use of child jeopardy as a cheap suspense mechanism is somewhat dubious, but one's unease is slightly mollified by the fact that much of this is far too silly to take seriously."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A pox on the house of all involved."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Shamelessly silly, Bless The Child notches up the clichés as the daft story meanders towards a suitably hammy conclusion."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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