The Last Sin Eater
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The Last Sin Eater
Michael Landon Jr. directs this period drama set in 1850s Appalachia and concerning a young girl who carries a crushing burden. Ten-year-old Cadi Forbes' (Liana Liberato) sister has died as the result of a tragic accident, and now the surviving sibling can't help feeling somewhat responsible for her sister's untimely death. Desperate to shake the guilt she feels and absolve her dearly departed kin from her Earthly sins, Cadi seeks out the assistance of the one person rumored to have the power of achieving both goals -- the mysterious Sin Eater (Peter Wingfield). In the midst of her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Squanders its good intentions with its numbingly bloated 140-minute running time."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It has the same dramatic flatness of Love's Abiding Joy, which was made by the same filmmakers. Frankly, these folks are more suited to the Hallmark Channel."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Defects in the story are bad enough, but other issues truly doom The Last Sin Eater."
‑ Pam Grady,
"...[an] ambitious but sappy saga...the redemptive vibes are unevenly at work in this tepid tale of sin and salvation."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Folks wanting to hear the usual New Testament message will be pleased; others may feel that the tension dissolves in homilies and wish the main character weren't led around by a blonde-haired little angel in a white dress."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Unfortunately for God-fearing youths in desperate need of counseling on the horrors of sin-eating, [Cadi's] spiritual awakening will likely put audiences to sleep."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"What should be a simple parable of redemption takes nearly an unforgivable 2 1/2 hours."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The story has enough mystery and drama to keep the attention of any audience."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"As a window into an older culture, or an evening's entertainment with the family, you could certainly do worse."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"A strong story is hindered here by on-the-nose dialogue and melodramatic delivery that makes it seem more like a pulpit-pounding sermon than a slyly subtle parable."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"The Last Sin Eater is close to nature and boasts many of the elements we expect from solid family entertainment, albeit with tragic overtones that keep the story grounded in a rich emotional context."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The special effects look like they were executed on somebody's laptop."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It has earnestness but not a lot of conviction..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Marred by a certain awkward earnestness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"At its best, the low-budget Last Sin Eater achieves some powerful moments."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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