Critic Review - New York Times

The Happening is a divertingly goofy thriller with an animistic bent, moments of shivery and twitchy suspense and a solid lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (8)
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John A

OK. Just how much advertising did the studio take out to get a good rating on this bomb? Your frivolous circumlocution can't save this stinker, but you will probably be responsible for causing some foolish readers to part with their money.

Too bad critics don't have a money back guarantee. (and yes I saw it)

Jun 12 - 05:57 PM


brian w

Wow. That's incredibly immature. Is it seriously okay to throw some of your vocabulary out and some insults at people and still be taken seriously? Grow up. Opinions are opinions. You make me sick.

Jun 12 - 07:18 PM


Matt Roden


Jun 12 - 09:15 PM


Evan Staff

If you'd like to be taken seriously, your post shouldn't solely consist of an attack on the reviewer. Your pretentious use of "frivolous circumlocution" conveys a pathetic cry of 'I need attention and have glaring self-confidence issues!' Your reply just makes you come off as a douchebag.

Anyone that can recognize that this film is a tribute to B horror films should enjoy this. The Happening was made to be fun; not to be taken seriously.

Jun 13 - 01:44 AM


Evan Staff

The above comment was directed at Nonlethal 2

Jun 13 - 01:45 AM


Cheech Walsh

@ Nonlethal2

After getting burned by M.Night continually since "6th Sense," fans still carrying this guy's water should have to pay twice.

Jun 13 - 06:42 AM


John A

Dear Negro: Did you even read the review.
- shivery
- aspirations to the canon
- would be auteur
- animistic bent
- slathered in drool
and that's just the first paragraph!

"Frivolous circumlocution" (and I hoped you looked it up) was exactly what Dargis inflicted on the readers. It was not my unprovoked attempt at cute commentary.

Jun 13 - 12:16 PM


Zack Whipkey

Soild lead performance? Mark Malberg did some of worst acting in the entire film. Awful film this was.

Nov 23 - 10:09 PM

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