The Order (The Sin Eater)
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland writes and directs the religious thriller The Order. Heath Ledger portrays a priest from a secret religious order called The Carolingians. He's sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of the head of the Carolingians, whose body was found with strange marks on its chest. While in Rome, he asks for help from an old friend (Mark Addy) and an elusive artist Shannyn Sossamon to help solve the murder. The priest ends up at the Vatican, where he learns of a sect that may be responsible for many mysterious deaths. Peter Weller and Benno Fürmann… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

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"Devout Catholics will be appalled; everyone else will be asleep."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's The Exorcist warmed over."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An ordeal to sit through."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's little reason to watch this mess."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This has to be one of the most inconsequential films dealing with religion ever made."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"All the fine cinematography can't hide the sad fact that the second half of the film delivers none of the shocks and starts required of atmospheric horror."
‑ Jon Strickland, L.A. Weekly
"May be the nadir of the subgenre that produced The Exorcist (at its high end) and Stigmata (at its middle-to-low end)."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"You'll be wishing you'd gotten your satanic-flick fix by staying home and renting The Omen."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
""The Order" is a halfhearted "supernatural thriller"%u2014interpret as not an actual "horror" movie..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"... it has a curious disorder, one that makes it both interesting and pallid."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"The picture is so lethargic that I began to think of watching it as a form of atonement."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie would be perfect material for a resurrected version of the TV spoof Mystery Science Theater."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"There are some fantastic concepts, but they are presented in the most convoluted and careless manner."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's long on atmosphere and whispered moments of creepy discovery."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's preposterous, silly rather than frightening, and the performances and characterizations have a pot-boiler feel."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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