The Reckoning
The Reckoning (2004)

Scottish filmmaker Paul McGuigan directs The Reckoning, based on the award-winning novel Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. Set in 14th century England, the story involves a priest named Nicholas (Paul Bettany) who leaves the church after… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A talky, ponderous movie.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

After a first hour slowed by exposition and a good deal of extraneous subplot development, the story catches fire in the second hour and keeps you engrossed.

Tom Long
Detroit News

An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.

Will Self
London Evening Standard

As for young master Bettany, his Nicholas never managed to convince at all. His priest was insufficiently Godfearing, his adulterer not lusty enough, his actor too facile, and his detective too forensic.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's not Shakespeare in Love, and it really has no third act, but there's wonder in the scenes of theatrical invention, of theater being made up on the spot, a play in the making.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.

Misha Berson
Seattle Times

Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today

[It's] a film with a lot on its mind -- perhaps too much. ... As it is, philosophical dilemmas spread through the film like a plague until they finally claim its life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well, I have most definitely become a Paul Bettany fan. This movie was really good, and of course he was outstanding in it. The rest of the cast did a great… More
Bruce Bruce
Starts a little slow but you get captured up in this. I enoyed it, If you like British Film, then you will enjoy this one. For some a rental, other will find… More
jay nixon
Turgid and uninsipired.
Mark Abell
This turned out to be a pretty decent murder mystery, set in 14th century England with a priest on the run as the sleuth. A solid cast, with Willem Dafoe, Paul… More
Al S
A very compelling and entertaing epic mystery. Well-written and very well-performed by it's cast. A dark, riveting and thrilling film. Willem Dafoe and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"The Reckoning" is a movie starring Paul Bettany as a priest on the run in 1380, who comes upon a wandering,… More