Bless the Child

Theatrical Release: August 11, 2000
Bless the Child


Maggie O’Connor’s (Kim Basinger) life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital. But her life changes when her drug-addicted younger sister saddles Maggie with an autistic newborn child named Cody. Six years later, the sister returns with a mysterious new husband and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to the little girl, FBI agent John Travis (Jimmy Smits), an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children.

The child, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply “special.” She manifests extraordinary powers such as telekinesis and the ability to heal that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control. Maggie discovers that her sister is kept a drugged prisoner at her villainous husband’s lair and that he has dark-hearted plans for the 6-year-old.

Dove Review

The Bible has all the material needed for movies about Satan, cults and the end times, but many filmmakers would rather push cockamamie storylines that confuse and mislead. “Bless the Child” makes a point that our society lacks spirituality. It even contains biblical references and positive portrayals of religious people, including the male lead, a cop who went to Seminary. But any affirmative message gets lost in this film’s maze of grisly supernatural special effects and its convoluted, downright silly story.

Content Description

Sex: A couple of crude sexual comments.
Language: OMG-1; F-2; S-3; expletives-3; several crudities and a coarse reference concerning women.
Violence: Although we do not see the violent acts, the bodies of dead children are found, each with a Satanic emblem branded on them; a bloodied severed head falls off a body; a man is shot and killed; another man is shot; knitting needles are shoved into a man's eyes, killing him; a man is set on fire; a young girl is badly beaten; the lead fights with a man and is knocked unconscious; a church is set on fire; a child is threatened with a knife; several fight scenes; a severe car crash; a small boy is lured into a van.
Drugs: One character is a junkie and we see track marks on her arms; man injects heroin into a woman's arm; lead character drinks a glass of wine; teen girl smokes a cigarette.
Nudity: None
Other: Demonic spells and Satanic rituals are shown.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Tom Rickman
Director: Chuck Russell
Producer: Mace Neufeld
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright