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Bless the Child (2000)



Critic Consensus: Bless the Child squanders its talented cast on a plot that's more likely to inspire unintentional laughs than shivers.

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In this supernatural horror story, Jenna (Angela Bettis), an unstable young woman, gives birth to a girl named Cody who proves to be autistic; unable to care for her properly, she turns Cody over to her sister, psychiatric nurse Maggie O'Connell (Kim Basinger). Maggie raises Cody as her own, but when the child (now played by Holliston Coleman) turns six, Jenna and her new husband Eric (Rufus Sewell) forcibly take back the child. Maggie believes Jenna and Eric are not fit parents, but when she takes the matter up with detective John Travis (Jimmy Smits), they discover that a number of children born on the same day as Cody have also been abducted recently. Even worse, it seems that Cody may now be in the hands of Satanists who, in accordance with Biblical prophecy, believe the little girl may be mankind's last line of defense against ultimate evil. Based on a novel by Cathy Cash Spellman, Bless the Child also stars Christina Ricci and Ian Holm.

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Kim Basinger
as Maggie O'Connor
Jimmy Smits
as John Travis
Rufus Sewell
as Eric Stark
Ian Holm
as Rev. Grissom
Lumi Cavazos
as Sister Rosa
Helen Stenborg
as Sister Joseph
Matthew Lemche
as New Dawn Kid at Van
Dan Warry-Smith
as New Dawn Kid
Elisabeth Rosen
as New Dawn Kid
Tony Del Rio
as New Dawn Kid
Nicole Lyn
as New Dawn Kid
Michael McLachlan
as New Dawn Kid
Jonathan Malen
as New Dawn Kid
Vince Corazza
as Reverend's Assistant
David Eisner
as Dr. Ben
Gary Hudson
as Maggie's Date
Samantha O'Dwyer
as Cody (at age 3)
Nicolas Marti Salgado
as Martin Casillas
Marcia Bennett
as Head Nurse
Peter Mensah
as Good Samaritan Janitor
Yan Birch
as Good Samaritan on Bridge
Alexa Gilmour
as Good Samaritan on Subway
Wanda Lee Evans
as Woman on Bus
Cedric Smith
as Pediatric Doctor
Dwayne McLean
as Homeless Man
Brenda Divine
as Woman with Sick Daughter
Lauren Spring
as Daughter
Trevor Bain
as Task Force Investigator
Chris Marren
as Diner State Trooper
Todd Schroeder
as Diner State Trooper
John Healy
as Diner Local Policeman
Dylan Harman
as Boy in Playground
David Sparrow
as Crawford
Michael Copeman
as Police Lieutenant
Neil Girvan
as Detective
Carol Lempert
as Detective
Kelvin Wheeler
as Detective
Tony Meyler
as Detective
Richard Carmichael
as Task Force Detective
Roman Podhora
as Desk Sergeant
Dean Gabourie
as Alley Officer
Arnold Pinnock
as Alley Officer
Teresa Pavlinek
as Dentist's Receptionist
Jeffrey Caudle
as Boy in Dentist's Chair
Catherine Fitch
as Sister Helena
John Shepherd
as Mr. Czernik
Norma Edwards
as Mrs. Czernik
Dan Duran
as Reporter
Mia Lee
as Newscaster
Matt Birman
as Upstate Cop
Henry Alessandroni
as Hospital Cop
Austin Reed
as Baby Cody
Corrina Reed
as Baby Cody
Brianna Reed
as Baby Cody
Jovanni Sy
as Code Blue Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Bless the Child

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (38)

A biblical "thriller" so predictable and preposterous that everyone involved should be banished to the confessional for their sins.

July 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

I don't know if I'm getting more squeamish, or simply less charitable at being exploitatively manipulated and taken for a moron: possibly both. But I think others will share my disgust at several scenes in Bless The Child.

July 22, 2014 | Full Review…

A pox on the house of all involved.

June 3, 2013 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

By turns lurid, risible and offensive.

June 3, 2013 | Rating: 1/4

If you're so inclined, pray that the responsible parties crawl back into whatever hole they emerged from.

June 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Should have sold its soul for a little help in the script department.

June 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bless the Child

Wow, this is a rarity: a modern-day film in which the Christians (mostly nuns in this story) are the "good guys" and the New Age advocates are the devil-like "bad guys." Kim Basinger makes an outstanding performance in this supernatural film about a woman's battle to save her beloved niece from an unspeakable evil. There is some very good suspense here, especially at the end and some shocking horror scenes of violence. Good vs Evil, and it's done well for me. And I thought Rufus Sewell's performance as Stark is well acted and convincingly evil. I see Christina Ricci appeared a very small part in this movie. Director Chuck Russell makes a good attempt to throw in horror and chills at the right moments and even throws in some great effects such as the Devil's manifestation in to a throne and even a rolling head for fans of a little gore.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Strong permofance by Kim Berenger. Great Movie with great casting. I like Rufus Sewell, he can play anything and I never feel like he is acting.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging this movie was. I normally don't like Kim Basinger of Rufus Sewell, but they were both pretty good in this really rather chilling movie. I really like movies that deal with the human aspect in the occult. Christina Ricci's character really added to it as well. I might have liked a little less simpering from miss Kim, but the child actress mkore than made up for her.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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