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An effectively unsettling mix of Southern gothic and Old Testament hugger-mugger, with shades of "The Exorcist" and even "Rosemary's Baby" thrown in.
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
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.
This stuff is strictly run of DeMille.
Swank and Elba work hard for their paychecks, but Rea quite literally phones in his performance.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Notable for its enthusiastic abandonment of any semblance of narrative coherence.
Chicago Tribune
Ludicrous and overstuffed, it plows through the Big 10 of Biblical plagues.
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.
No belief on earth can rescue Swank from a film that's a chain of disaster chintz masquerading as a sermon.
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.
As if this drivel weren't bad enough, the ending blatantly threatens a sequel

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