It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly serious. But, you know what, I appreciated this creatively offbeat, daring sci-fi mind-trip.
I'm glad to see someone brave enough to appreciate this movie. The only fair review I've read so far.
Jun 16 - 11:47 AM
I say kudos Mr. Shyamalan! This was truly the funniest movie of the year. I think everyone has totally misunderstood the intent of this movie. Say you were Ed Wood back in the day. He created his movies to be taken seriously, but they were so bad that they now have a cult following of people that love them because they are so terrible. This movie is exactly the same thing, except I believe Mr. Shyamalan made this movie with that intent. Seriously, has anyone ever seen a Mark Wahlberg film? He's one of the best actors of our time and from the beginning of "The Happening" it was like he had been taking stupid pills. Does that add up to anyone? He was brilliant at acting like a bad actor in a "B" movie. I suggest everyone go back and watch this film for what it was, no preconceived notions about it being a serious drama, and laugh your head off. M. Night Shyamalan is notorious for taking risks and marching the beat of his own drum. I just wish more people could groove to the rythmn
Jun 16 - 10:18 PM
I say kudos Mr. Shyamalan! This was truly the funniest movie of the year. I think everyone has totally misunderstood the intent of this movie. This film was made to be a modern day "B" movie and I suggest everyone go back and watch this film for what it was, no preconceived notions about it being a serious drama, and laugh your head off. M. Night Shyamalan is notorious for taking risks and marching the beat of his own drum. I just wish more people could groove to the rythmn
Jun 16 - 10:20 PM
Mr. Richard Roeper needs to shut his ****in' mouth. This movie was horribe.
I seen The Happening at The Palms here in Vegas. Nice theater, bad people. I was talking to my girlfriend about how much I hated this movie and fred savage/jugde reinhold. This group of Shyamalanians ganged up on me and cut off four of my fingers and glued '50 style glasses to my head. They also said I couldn't shave for 5 days. I don't understand why anybody is bitdefending this grade 'Z' HORSE****! This movie was bad on an epic scale. I'm sorry to the Shyamalanians that I don't understand the 'deep' meaning of this Fantastic Foreskin movie.
The Sixth Sense-Four Shyama's out of Five Shyama's
Unbreakable-Four Shyama's out of Five Shyama's
Signs-Two and a half Shyama's out of Five Shyama's
Lady in The Water- Two and a half Shyama's out of Five Shyama's
The Happening- One Shyama should never be able to write/produce/direct
after this this this this partial birth shimshmorshin
Jun 17 - 01:02 AM
Uh, kurtis whatever you are. SHUT UP! You're not funny, intelligent, or equipped enough to write a review. Perhaps you should write some material for Weird Al you freaking moron! The movie wasn't good to you because you are a SPAZZOID from a distant galaxy. I can tell from your writing that you would have liked it if it had monsters and lasers. Perhaps some light sabers...hmm. Take something (DRUGS) to focus and CHILL THE HELL OUT MAN!
Jun 17 - 10:53 PM
How many cocks did you suck today?
Jun 18 - 12:23 PM
Please Kurtis!If you don't like M. Night Shyamalan's movies anymore then don't go see it! But PLEASE stop writing bad and terrible reviews about them!That goes for EVERY audience member as well! If you don't like his movies don't go see them! But I am SOOOOOOO tired of EVERYONE bashing his movies! Just don't go see them!By the way, kudos to the few people out there who DID like Shyamalan's latest movie, cause you're right! This is definitely one of the better thriller films to have come out in a long time!
Jun 18 - 08:16 PM
You have a very warped view of how reviews are supposed to work. I went to this movie with high hopes. And it was so laughably bad (and entirely lacking in shock value), that the only possible redemption is that this 2nd rate director intended this to be an awful movie (look, over there, a house....central park, that is strange?.... Outrun the wind). A figuritive use of the word wind (ie breaking wind) would be appropriate. Unfortunately I could not outrun its force. Reviewer, were you kidding when you said I as a viewer am dissallowed to go to movies I dislike, before I have a chance to see it and make that determinination...and if I do see an awful movie, am I not allowed to express my opinion of such? With that thought process I understand fully why you enjoyed this movie..
Jul 15 - 09:42 AM
Great job as always Richard on this review! I am so pleased that you are one of the very few critics who will LIKE a movie when you like it, no matter what EVERYBODY else says! Also, you are one of the few critics who have still not dropped M. Night as yesterday's lunch yet! That's great! Cause as far as I'm concerned, Shyamalan's latest movie proves that he IS still a great director and doesn't intend on quitting that role anytime soon!As a matter of fact, the only movie I have not liked from Shyamalan is Lady in the Water. Besides that, ALL (yes, ALL) of his movies have been awesome!
Jun 18 - 08:22 PM
that was a snappy comeback, spoken like the 13 year old you probably are. "Kurtis13"
Oct 11 - 04:35 PM
Ehhh speedracer37, how exactly are you supposed to know whether you are going to like a movie or not before you see it? Read the reviews? Oh, well this movie got awful reviews, so I guess we can throw that out the window since you loved it so much.
May 30 - 08:34 PM
Okay, sure, the movie needed a little honing here and there.But I thoroughly enjoyed it.And when I left the theater%u2026 there was this creepy silence all around me; even driving through downtown Athens, Ga. That movie really left something memorable in me. There was a f***%u2013ton more good than bad in this movie, and I say job well done.
Jun 17 - 10:56 AM
Yes, it's goofy and silly but also provacative. I thought I was the only one liking the movie. Going against the Tomatometer once again Richard, but this time your confident enough to put it on the Tomatometer. Where is your review for The Number 23? I know you liked that movie also and you shouldn't be ashamed to put it on RT. The Number 23 is also under-rated like The Happening and is a film that deserves more attention.
Jun 17 - 12:21 PM
Yeah, I liked it too. People are acting like it was the worst movie ever. It was solid in parts, and kind of clumsy in other parts. But not terrible by any stretch.
Jun 17 - 03:39 PM
The ever groovy Dippy Doper whips out the term "mind trip", a term that is so antiquated that a contemporary definition (via the Urban Dictionary) is:
"a conversation full of gossip and nay-say."
Jun 17 - 05:24 PM
No it was terrible, the acting was possibly the worst in any movie I've seen ever. Get a real job instead of getting paid to talk up almost every single movie that comes out. Learn what an actual good movie is, and what comes together to make up a good movie. The Happening is itself a happening, where strangely, millions of people have wasted precious moments of their lives to what is the time wasting equivalent of watching plastics rot. I did dare to laugh at those scenes that were intended to be serious, but were filled with such poor dialog and acting skill that they became comedic from the fact that I paid to see something so bad.
Jun 17 - 09:40 PM
Roeper, I applaud you for going against the grain here. You are spot on in your assessment of the film. Once again, Shyamalan has broken some rules.Yes, I know that it got killed by almost every living critic in the world, but I stand by my rating of a 3.5/4. I strongly believe that this film's stock and relevance will only increase as the years go by. The critical disdain of this film reminds of the 4 different films that got killed by critics and the public alike when they first came out. They are Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and L'Avventura. Each of these films were butchered and verbally assaulted when they debuted. Yet, over time each of these films climbed their way to the upper echelons of cinema. I'm not sure whether The Happening will be to follow suit as well; only time will tell.
Jun 19 - 07:41 AM
I'm glad it got killed by every critic in the world....it gives me hope in critic reviews....shame Roeper SHAME
Aug 16 - 01:22 AM
You. Are. Having. A. Laugh. This was perhaps the most mind-numbingly shocking film I have seen. My memory is bad, there must have been one or two worse, but I really can't think of them. To suggest this bears comparison to Bladerunner, or indeed any film intended for viewing by the over-5's, makes you the least reliable film reviewer in the history of film, and of the world. I could go on. You really shouldn't.
Oct 24 - 07:36 PM
What?! How could you compare this at best mediocre movie to L'Aventura, Vertigo, 2001:ASO and Blade Runner! These movies were some of the greatest cinematic achievments of the 60's and 70's. Have you ever seen those movies, I don't believe you have because this and L'Aventura may be the two most opposite movies ever made, and I just can't believe anyone who's actually seen these films could compare them to this. Even more so how could you compare M. Night Shyamalon to Hitchcock and Kubrick, some of the greatest directors of all time. I respect you standing up for a bashed movie in a mature way, but as a fan of cinema and having seen all the movies in question including this, which I was forced to watch twice with family, I was offended by the comparison.
Aug 14 - 07:55 AM
Richard you can't possibly be serious about this pile of crap. I saw this pathetic excuse of the movie despite reading all the horrible things on RT...I really wanted to like it. I like MNS and his style, but this is just sad...From the very first scene with Mark and a dumb student, you know the answer to this big mystery...Half way through, he runs out of creative ways for people to off themselves....first we see prolonged scene in NY with a cop and his gun, and than we have the same scenario in the rural filed in PA....exactly the same! What's up with that? All those references to "Global Warming" is sooo outdated. Even the green wackos now call it "Climate Change"....The last scene in the move about this being " a single accident, etc." ....you know it is a set up for the same **** to happen somewhere else....and sure enough, we see India or whatever...Total mess!!!! There is creative stuff that you hate at first but grow to love later....Sopranos last episode anyone?, but this is just mess, total crap....plus, who did the casting for this movie? The little girl was so annoying I was rooting for her to die...There's absolutely no one to care about in this movie....Mark is an idiot, his girlfriend is a cheating skunk, his best friend is a retard, random people is just that, random people....utter and total mess. Sorry for the rant.
Jun 19 - 03:33 PM
In response to valbaur, umm since they're speaking french at the end of the movie I'm thinking that India is definately not where they were. I'm sorry you don't appreciate 'B' movies which consist of corny dialogue and "bad" acting. I will agree with you on both points (most likely to a lesser extent on both accounts), unfortunately I don't see any reason to call the lead character an idiot, but you are entitled to your own opinion. Personally, I thought the deaths were rather creative and gruesome (both of which I enjoy in any movie). I thought the idea that plants would turn against humans, a novel, thought provoking idea. Your focus on creating derogatory names for the characters is definately not appreciated even if you do feel that way.
Jun 19 - 05:18 PM
I don't know what film you saw, but as an editor myself, I would have cut 97 minutes out of this film. The opening and closing credits were quite enough. If my name appeared there, I'd be applying for relocation in the witness protecion program.
Roeper, your review brings into full view your inability to relate the truth and facts without pandering. MNS's Sixth Sense was a fluke. Everything since has been doogfood passed off as pate'.
Boy I miss Dennis Cunningham!
Jun 19 - 08:31 PM
not to mention Gene Siskel.
Oct 11 - 04:37 PM
I disagree with your review. It ranks as one of the worst movies I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.I find Mr. Shyamalan highly overrated as a director/writer and really don't understand why the studios keep giving him money to make this drivel.
Jun 20 - 03:28 AM
All of Hollywood is a waft in anti-Shya unconscious hysteria. As in the film the old growth forests of conservatism and religious morality are releasing hitherto undetected suicide and ****-for-brains scrambling pheromones into the liberal body politic; a tiny appendage of that being the movie industry.It will only take a few more Shya films of this caliber and all his critics - anybody a registered democrat - will spontaneously amass in drooling apoplectic meltdown for a mega-cluster, daisy chained garroting. This will happen.True genius is rarely revealed. Shyamalan will always stay a billion rupees ahead of us all!
Jun 29 - 08:45 AM
Dear Mr. Roeper,I don't know if you read these comments at all (probably not)...but if you do, know this; I have lost any and all respect for you as a film critic. This will mean nothing to you...but it had to be said. You have given positive reviews to both this movie and Indiana Jones 4 (another story entirely). I am beginning to wonder how you ever gained any public notoriety.Now that I have said this...wtf is up with this movie? Firstly...RATED R? HOW??!! Every "gruesome or gory" scene in this entire ****heap were cut away from. I'm not sure I witnessed one gory death in the whole of the film. Like...sure people died...but all you ever saw was the reaction of one of the living persons. I mean ****. For the commercials to boast that this was the first rated r film for this director...why not make it worth while. For a blood and guts movie I saw very little blood and guts. Next...BAD acting. Holy goddamn. Who in the world would remain absolutely monotone (both voice and demeanor) during mass suicides. I'm sure the last living person in jonestown wasn't nearly as cool and collected as marky mark. This was a serious flop.This was a horrible film.
Jun 29 - 11:17 PM
Jun 29 - 11:19 PM
It's sad to see a professional movie critic write a review just to make himself look like he's different or not one of the crowd rather than call garbage out for what it is, even if everyone else is doing the same. I actually hope that is what you were doing here mr. Roeper, otherwise IMO your credibility as a real film reviewer just went down the toilet.
Jul 11 - 03:35 PM
we've seen mark whalberg give tremendous performances and he does'nt even seem to mildly care in this weak awkward portrayl of an idiot. The writing is chaotic and, while occasionally intelligent, it is more often annoying and stupid. and the plotline is not even worth mentioning let alone watching.
Roeper, you're fine, but this was a stupid and ridiculous review that tries to pass off as being "different"
Jul 26 - 10:20 PM
It was mildly funny due to it's goofiness, and it had the enormous potential to be a great movie, because it's a new idea, but it just simply wasn't executed well by Shyamalam. I'm not a basher or anything, I liked some of his previous works like The Sixth Sense and Signs. But this was terrible, as was Mark Wahlberg. I just don't get it. He's an excellent actor! I saw him in The Departed and he was good! It was like they meant for this movie to suck. I kinda understand what you mean Richard, but to me this movie was really bad.
Aug 31 - 04:52 AM
I gotta give him credit for owning up, but this movie sucked, to say you appreciated this as a "mind-trip is like saying you appreciated "Gigli" as a romantic comedy.
Jan 1 - 02:59 PM