The Reckoning

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Released 2003

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Director:
Paul McGuigan
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
The Reckoning is a 2004 period thriller that follows a priest in 14th-century England as he slowly uncovers the details of a highly publicized crime while performing in a touring acting troupe. The priest, named Nicholas (Paul Bettany), begins the film in flux after being asked to leave the church when he confesses to adultery. The exiled priest soon decides to put his knowledge to use by joining an acting troupe that tells biblical stories on stage. As he tours the country with the troupe, Nicholas soon runs into a town where a young deaf girl has been sentenced to death for supposedly killing a young boy using witchcraft. After learning of the story, Nicholas and the troupe decide to discard their typical morality play and stage a play that recreates the events of the murder for the locals. It soon becomes clear that the townspeople know that the young girl did not commit the murder and a suspicious subplot begins to form about who actually may have. With a little digging, Nicolas soon uncovers a hidden truth that may have led to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the boy's real murderer.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The Reckoning isn't great by any means and there are moments during the final stretch when it isn't even good. But for its first hour or so, the story moves at a steady clip, gener...

  • 60

    Variety

    Has its flaws, among them a certain self-righteousness and a complicated storyline, but it is never less than gripping thanks to its gifted international cast.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Trudges along the well-trod path of high-minded, schematic storytelling.

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    Comedy, Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    Crime, Historical