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The Mist Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2008
[This] grocery-store survival drama, dominated by Marcia Gay Harden as a shrill fundamentalist, serves as a crude but effective allegory for post-9/11 America.
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December 1, 2007
It's a horror movie of real conviction. It deserves to be a hit.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2007
A near-campy escapist thrill ride.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 26, 2007
The Mist builds toward a climax so wrenching that I hesitate to recommend the film, but I think Darabont earns his vision.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2007
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 24, 2007
Even though it is mindless, at least until the provocative ending, The Mist manages to provide some decent old-school shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 23, 2007
The Shawshank Redemption, was splendid; the second, The Green Mile, wasn't; and now The Mist continues the slide. I wouldn't say this is laugh-out-loud risible, but there are definitely moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 21, 2007
By catching his protagonists between equally oppressive horrors, Darabont successfully finds the squelchy heart of King's story, and keeps it pumping until the ugly end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2007
The movie has plenty of payoff, especially in the exciting and nerve-wracking final hour. You can try guessing what will happen next, but you'll probably be wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 21, 2007
There's a glib twist at the end, which seems out of character, and the movie could easily lose 20 minutes, maybe 40.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 21, 2007
The issues raised may make for some lively debate on the way home -- especially if it's foggy out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 21, 2007
It'll look especially familiar to fans of the popular Silent Hill video games, which are said to have been inspired by King's 1980 story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 21, 2007
It's laughable, and not in the good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2007
An apocalypse with neither rapture nor revelations -- just endless torture and inhumanly cruel jokes.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 21, 2007
The Mist is one of the best screamfests I've seen in years, and a whale of an entertainment.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 21, 2007
A combination monster/disaster movie, it explores issues as fundamentally elusive as the nature of man, the existence of God and the purpose of religion, and its conclusions aren't going to leave anybody feeling too good about whatever they believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 21, 2007
The film has the decency to spring another critter out from the darkness whenever things threaten to get too talky.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 21, 2007
It's an old-fashioned spooker that gives the boogey-man more than a fighting chance, and leaves you more concerned about the evil out there than you were before you survived the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 21, 2007
Yes, something is in the mist. Lots of things are in the mist. They're gorgeous and frightening and strange and elaborately detailed, and the effects used to create them allow them to blend in seamlessly with the live action.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
It is a competently made Horrible Things Pouncing on People Movie. If you think Frank Darabont has equaled the Shawshank and Green Mile
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2007
That bloated sense of purpose turns what could have been a nifty B-movie into a strained, two-hours-plus Twilight Zone episode, and, believe me, Darabont's no Rod Serling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2007
Dark, tense, and punctuated by just enough gore to keep the viewer's flinch reflex intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 21, 2007
Until the director Frank Darabont decides that he's saying something important instead of making a nifty horror movie, The Mist isn't half bad.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2007
I'm scared of a lot of things. Cancer, Al Qaeda, teenagers. Land octopi aren't in my top 1000.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2007
Some scary movies can stand your hair on end. A few can make your skin crawl. The Mist gave me the feeling I was being scalped with an icicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2007
Good and creepy, The Mist comes from a Stephen King novella and is more the shape, size and quality of the recent 1408.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2007
A flawed, sometimes goofy, but exciting and surprisingly clever adaptation of Stephen King's horror yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 20, 2007
There is a mind behind Frank Darabont's windy adaptation of a Stephen King novella, but it is twisted to cynical and dispiriting ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2007
Harden's performance lifts The Mist above the rank-and-file horror film. It's not a classic, but it is scary, and you'll definitely leave the theater thinking about the ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
November 20, 2007
The Mist made me want to scream, but for all the wrong reasons.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 19, 2007
The Mist is a supermarket of B-movie essentials, handsomely stocked with bad science, stupid behavior, chewable lines of dialogue, religious fruitcakes, and a fine display of monsters.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 14, 2007
The bugs and such are gross enough -- and yet so very handsome -- in Frank Darabont's nifty, unusually spry, and almost shockingly pessimistic low-budget adaptation of [Stephen] King's 1980 extended short story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 12, 2007
The film can't sustain this momentum en route to a highly calculated ending that departs from King's more ambiguous denouement to mostly shrug-worthy effect.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 12, 2007
Decent special effects aside, the thriller -- about a killer fog that rolls into a Maine community and traps terrified townsfolk in a grocery store as it unleashes a menagerie of otherworldly predators -- is less horrific than it is horribly didactic.