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  • Summary: Hilary Swank plays a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, and has since become a world renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appears to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening and she must regain the faith to combat the dark forces threatening the community. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. An effectively unsettling mix of Southern gothic and Old Testament hugger-mugger, with shades of "The Exorcist" and even "Rosemary's Baby" thrown in.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    The seeds of most Biblical horror movies are sown in the Book of Revelations; The Reaping at least gets marks for originality for springing from Exodus.
  3. For genre fans, the horde-of-locust sequence may alone be worth the price of admission.
  4. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    Some of the effects are squirm-worthy, if not actually frightening. Amid all the fake profundity, those moments -- you know, when the film is actually entertaining -- are rare.
  5. Ludicrous and overstuffed, it plows through the Big 10 of Biblical plagues.
  6. 30
    The Reaping isn't a total failure. Swank is never less than competent.
  7. 10
    This high-decibel shocker is an insult to intelligence and faith alike.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JohnF.
    Jul 31, 2007
    Very good movie and the ending was very good and not what I expected.
  2. SamF.
    Apr 9, 2007
    I actually Liked this movie, but can see why it got a low rating. It takes you on an apocalyptic joyride counting down the 10 plagues hitting a town called Haven. As the movie centers on a young girl who the townspeople are bent on blaming. The movie has its scary moments, and does not really give you time to get bored. The last half hour is really where it picks up and without any spoilers//I'll say its a very surprise ending. Not the greatest movie ever but certainly not the worst. Expand
  3. BecaH.
    Apr 28, 2007
    This movie wasn't the worst by far. It had it's parts where they just made you jump. I really enjoyed the movie.
  4. AllmightyVoice
    Apr 4, 2007
    Swank does her best with material that would've barely made it as an episode of "The X Files". She's a scientist bent on debunking claims of religious miracles, who finds herself and her partner summoned to a Louisiana backwoods backwater to investigate incidents that suggest the Old Testatment Biblical plaques have returned. More supernatural than straight-up horror, there's nothing new here for fans of either genre. For die-hard Swank fans only. Expand
  5. AlexR.
    Jun 27, 2007
    Very disappointing. I thought that they could have done way more with the material.
  6. ChadS.
    Apr 15, 2007
    "It's holy blood," insists a baying true believer in Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre", but the indoor pool of red water that belongs to a pagan cult, is in actuality, paint. The church probably smells like a hardware store, but the cultists have been brainwashed from the ability to bestow objectivity towards the empirical fact that their noses, in all likelihood, detect a whiff of iron. In "The Reaping", Katherine(Hilary Swank) and Ben(Idris Elba) must've been holding their breath while they collected water samples from the river. Katherine actually looks surprised when the lab results turn up blood, undiluted(not traces of) human blood. If this was an episode of "The X-Files"(which "The Reaping" bears more than a passing resemblance to), Mulder(Ben is his evangelical equivalent) would argue with barely-restrained exasperation, "But Scully(Katherine, the skeptic and atheist), can't you smell it?" The scientist would argue, "So where are the flies?" Good question. "The Reaping" forgot the flies, but it surely didn't forget the locusts. Expand
  7. Jun 12, 2011
    I'm not really sure why I didn't like this movie. The acting was solid and the story flowed very well. There was just something about this movie that rubbed me the wrong way. I think that was the fact I figured out the twist ending very early in the movie. Overall this movie is probably worth a watch if nothing else then just to say you watched it, but I don't think it's going to stick with you very long after that. Expand

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