Bless the Child

Metascore
17

Overwhelming dislike - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 20 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. The movie works -- at least marginally.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Vicky Edwards
    63
    Entertaining, but it doesn't add enough to the genre to make it truly blessed.
  3. A schlocky thriller that might appeal to less discriminating members of the mall crowd.
  4. Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.
  5. Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end.
  6. Satanic silliness undermines this gloomy horror picture.
  7. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: J. Rentilly
    40
    Pop junk, an airport paperback, literally, turned into a mid-budget devil thriller.
  8. The movie is somewhat below average. The plot doesn't always hold together.
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    38
    A cheesy crock of religious mumbo jumbo.
  10. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Causes one to wish... that movies about the supernatural could make contact with supernatural script doctors.
  11. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    33
    A forehead-poundingly bad picture.
  12. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    25
    The unintentional effect of movies like Bless the Child is that they are enough to make agnostics out of true believers.
  13. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    25
    Goes straight to hell, and in this case it is its own handbasket.
  14. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    25
    Mostly ludicrous, but occasionally effective.
  15. 20
    A supernatural soap opera.
  16. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    Far from the worst film this summer, but it also doesn't rate strong enough to be a future video rental.
  17. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Sara Wildberger
    12
    The whole thing's grotesque as a gargoyle and ugly as sin.
  18. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    10
    Good vs. Evil For Dummies....and I, for one, dislike being treated like a Dummy.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    10
    Combines the most rudimentary of Catholic-inspired good vs. evil plots with visual effects that would barely pass muster in episodic TV.
  20. Lapses into an exercise in foolishness.
  21. 10
    The scariest thing about this hokey bombast is that it got made in the first place.
  22. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    4
    Dreadful demonic disaster.
  23. Horrendous dialogue and horrific directing dominate this thriller.
  24. 0
    A callous piece of work that exploits images of children in pain or jeopardy.
  25. 0
    Director Chuck Russell ("The Mask") and screenwriter Thomas Rickman don't need new agents -- they need backup careers.

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