Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. One either likes this sort of thing or not. Even fans might not buy the ending in which more people get wiped out than in Hurricane Katrina.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    60
    Revisiting the book of Exodus in a feverish Southern-gothic context, this lurid, often ludicrously entertaining slab of Biblesploitation builds an earnest case for spirituality in a skeptical age.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    60
    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.
  5. For genre fans, the horde-of-locust sequence may alone be worth the price of admission.
  6. 58
    The Reaping is Bible camp, pure and simple. And for bad-movie lovers, it's manna from heaven.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Swank and Elba work hard for their paychecks, but Rea quite literally phones in his performance.
  8. The script, which is rarely smart and barely scary, offers little more than a checklist of panic-inducing plagues, from locusts to boils to bad Southern accents.
  9. 50
    This stuff is strictly run of DeMille.
  10. Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence.
  11. The only remotely notable thing about this particular jumble of boos, bangs and door creaks...is that it tries to wed the horror trend with the heated-up God market.
  12. 38
    It's hard to say what is more responsible for the film's utter failure: Hopkins direction, the editing, or the screenplay. The result is such a muddle that one assumes each aspect deserves part of the blame.
  13. Ludicrous and overstuffed, it plows through the Big 10 of Biblical plagues.
  14. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    38
    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.
  15. No belief on earth can rescue Swank from a film that's a chain of disaster chintz masquerading as a sermon.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Those two age-old foes--science and blind faith--tango yet again in this noxious slice of Biblical horror about a series of Old Testament plagues being visited upon a Louisiana bayou backwater.
  17. Pardon the pun, but audiences will reap little from this satanic backwoods juju thriller.
  18. 30
    The Reaping isn't a total failure. Swank is never less than competent.
  19. If only The Reaping had the decency to be coherent.
  20. Although The Reaping' borrows elements from classics of the genre -- rips them off might be more accurate -- it fails to build the psychological tension that made them so creepily good.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    As if this drivel weren't bad enough, the ending blatantly threatens a sequel
  22. 12
    Long-delayed, pitiful excuse for a horror film.
  23. 10
    This high-decibel shocker is an insult to intelligence and faith alike.
User Score
4.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 12, 2013
    6
    There are times when the movie is boring but other times very surprising.
  2. Jun 12, 2011
    3
    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 thisI'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. Full Review »
  3. JohnF.
    Jul 31, 2007
    9
    Very good movie and the ending was very good and not what I expected.