Bless the Child

Movie review by
TS Yellin, Common Sense Media
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No way if your kids get nightmares.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Stabbings and gunfire seem tame in comparison to knitting needles being thrust into a good guy's eyes, and one character getting decapitated. The villain pours gasoline on and burns a homeless man. Creepy images abound: flying satanic creatures, swarming


Harsh but infrequent.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The lead's sister is a junkie; the villain injects her with heroin. Another character's infected track marks are shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that grisly images and the portrayal of a drug addict make this inappropriate for many younger teens. Parents should know that creepy images abound: flying satanic creatures, swarming rats, child corpses scarred with symbols of evil, etc. A 6-year-old is repeatedly threatened, at one time she's dangled from a rooftop. Good and evil spirits often appear.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove May 10, 2013

Unique & Underrated!

First of all, the CommonSense review has it wrong. Jenna is not the little girl, she is the little girl's biological mother (played by Angela Bettis). Cody... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHockstetter27 August 26, 2018

Good movie & appropriate for younger teens!

I don’t understand why there are so many negative reviews for this film, I’ve loved “Bless The Child” my entire childhood and it is really tame compared to most... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 March 21, 2013

Bless the Child

this movie is really odd and freaky if you want to watch it with your child fine but the child better be too young to understand this movie 1 or younger would b... Continue reading

What's the story?

Given up by her unstable mother, Jenna is raised by Maggie (Kim Basinger). When Jenna turns 6, her birth parents steal her away from Maggie, who turns to detective Travis (Jimmy Smits) for help. Together, Maggie and Travis learn that other children born on the same day as Jenna have also been abducted, and the clues lead them to a group of Satan worshippers.

Is it any good?

If your teen is at all prone to nightmares and can't stomach moderate gore then this movie isn't for your family. And search elsewhere for your thrills if you're at all offended by any of the following: the Catholic church's struggle against actual forces of darkness; an unconvincing Kim Basinger as an overwrought mother-figure; a frightfully uninspired script; and a movie that shamelessly manipulates audience emotion by rolling out the issue of child abduction.

So who will get some enjoyment out of this one? Fans of Jimmy Smits' character from NYPD Blue. Smits plays the same character here--understated professionalism, low-key sense of caring, and humorless sex appeal. Also, B-movie horror buffs who will take their chills in any form and enjoy a few laughs at the movie's expense should get their money's worth.

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