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Parents' Guide to

The Order

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

There's little reason to watch this mess.

Movie R 2003 102 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

I liked this

I'm a huge fan of Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, and Brian Helgeland, as well as religious-themed films, so I really loved this movie. The story was fascinating and the acting by Ledger was really fantastic. Definitely not for kids though, or those Christians who are easily offended by negative portrayal of their Church.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

There are so many things wrong with THE ORDER. The plot provides many opportunities for boring and pretentiously portentous dialogue that sounds like a bad parody: "You surpass even the Jesuits in your heretical search for knowledge," or "Knowledge is the enemy of faith," or "We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie." Yep, we can always use a Mod Squad reference in what is supposed to be a dark and disturbing gothic thriller.

Also, scenes are either washed out or too dark. Settings feature the typical crumbling manuscripts and dripping candles, a decaying mansion, an underground lair, a graveyard at midnight. A pair of silent children are supposed to look threatening, but they just look like a Keene painting. Finally, there is no energy to move the narrative along, dissipating any tension and providing much too much time to dwell on the logical inconsistencies.

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