Box art for The Order (2001)

The Order (2001)

  • Rated NR
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, drama, horror, thrillers

A conflicted priest is investigating his defrocked mentor's "suicide" when he encounters an ancient sin eater who offers absolution outside the Church, and who has been manipulating events

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common sense

OFF for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

There's little reason to watch this mess.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of peril and violence, some very graphic, including suicide and murder. There is brief strong language. There is a moderately explicit sexual situation with some nudity. Some audience members will be offended by the portrayal of the Catholic church and the behavior of the priests and a cardinal. Some may also be offended by the idea of the sin eaters, believing that sins should only be expiated through sincere atonement and not through some spiritual "get out of jail free" card.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about their notion of expiation of sin.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 22
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This has to be one of the most inconsequential films dealing with religion ever made.

- Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: "The Order" is a halfhearted "supernatural thriller"%u2014interpret as not an actual "horror" movie...

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: It's a horror movie that isn't frightening and a thriller that isn't thrilling.

- Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News, Monday, September 8, 2003

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Oo-oo-oo Siiiiin Eatah. I believe you can get me through the ni-oh, sorry, I went 70's there for a second. But enough about a great music generation, let's discuss a great movie... some other time, seeing as "The Order" is certainly not one. Though Ledger puts on a good performance, it's the lack of immediate development and engagment, bad directing, underwhelmingness, poor visual effects, forced development and above all, terrible writing that stand out the most and leave "The Order" to be an embarassing "thriller".

- crossbladezero, Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1 star

This strange film is like Omen meets The Exorcist fiasco. Heath Ledger is hilariously miscast as a priest, but not even Max Von Sydow could bring conviction to this unholy mess.

- deano, Wednesday, March 28, 2007

1 star

It's a horror film!?

- fb100000185301014, Friday, July 20, 2012