The Reaping
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Her faith shaken by a family tragedy from which she was never quite able to fully recover, a professor of theology from Louisiana State University moonlighting as a debunker of unexplained religious phenomena finds herself faced with an apocalyptic series of events that seem to reflect the ten plagues of Exodus in director Stephen Hopkins' Southern gothic chiller. The terrified citizens of Haven, LA, have been beset by swarms of locusts and watched as rivers turned to blood. As if that wasn't enough to put the fear of God into any Bible-reading Christian, ominous rumors of a local… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cumulative effect is likely to make viewers weary, but not so weary that they can't manage a chuckle or two during the film's cheesed-out final minutes."
‑ Carla Meyer, Dallas Morning News
"The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"He lays the photos out on the floor and the burn marks form a cross with a hook at the bottom, the unmistakable emblem of '70s hard rockers Blue Oyster Cult. Hey, didn't they have a big hit called "(Don't Fear) the Reaping"?"
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"I did like the bugs."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"click for review"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"I prophesy an early exodus from cinemas."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A slick-looking but incredibly schlocky horror film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"At no time does director Stephen Hopkins give us reason to care."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"If The Reaping had been sown with fresher ideas, you might actually care if the devil went down to Georgia, er, Louisiana."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"The most positive thing about The Reaping is that it isn't as big a waste of time as last year's Omen remake; it's 14 minutes shorter."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"What could Swank really have done with such a cliche-ridden screenplay, except turn it down?"
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Religious horror will always be with us, but if The Reaping connects, it'll only be because we sinned on the ticket line."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Although terrible, this film does raise ... interesting questions: Why does Hollywood keep ripping off THE OMEN? Why would anyone continue hiring Stephen Hopkins to direct a movie? Why would two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank agre to be in this mess?"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Is this movie a good old-fashioned good versus evil potboiler or a newfangled political statement about anti-intellectualism? The Reaping could have gone either way, but it did neither, and it did so spectacularly."
‑ Karina Montgomery,
"The 11th Biblical plague."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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