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The Omen (2006)

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27

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 119

Even with the force of a "classic" behind it, remake fever can't hold up the hollowness of this style-drenched Omen.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 29

Even with the force of a "classic" behind it, remake fever can't hold up the hollowness of this style-drenched Omen.

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The prophecy from the Book of Revelation provides a map to a terrifying future. The passage specifically points to the arrival of the Anti-Christ and the beginning of Armageddon. Robert Thorn, a senior American diplomat, has other things on his mind. His wife, Katherine, who had suffered two previous miscarriages, has endured yet another unsuccessful delivery, but she's unaware their newborn child has died. The hospital priest, Father Spiletto, presents Thorn with another child born that night,

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Dan McDermott

Oct 17, 2006

$54.5M

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A disastrously miscast remake of the 1976 horror classic, which retains the apocalyptic themes of David Seltzer's original script but renders them dull and fright-free.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This new version is an almost scene-for-scene remake, which is good news in the first half and bad news in the torpid second.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact.

June 12, 2006
Rolling Stone
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This is one of those movies that profits from very low expectations. If you go in expecting something dreadful, be assured: It's only near dreadful.

June 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests.

June 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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John Moore's remake of The Omen rivals Gus Van Sant's Psycho both for its fidelity to the source material and for its utter pointlessness.

June 7, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Clunky retooling

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Certainly, it's not the worst remake of all time, but it really is one of the more ridiculous, unnecessary, and gimmicky of them.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

While not a shot-for-shot copy of Richard Donner's far superior 1976 original "Omen," David Seltzer --the screenwriter of both films%u2014barely updates his original script for this gratuitous remake.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

... it's as if someone took a corpse, embalmed it to preserve the external appearance, slapped on a layer of fresh makeup, and then stuffed it full of animatronics to make it move and speak.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

If you thought Van Sant's "Psycho" reshoot was weird, check this out. It's a community theater version of that old classic "The Omen", filled with all your favorite scenes.

April 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
Beyond Hollywood

will no doubt divide viewers into those who agree that it is high time that the original received so slick a makeover, and those who wonder whether there is much real point to a retooling of such devilish fidelity to its source.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

John Moore's The Omen is not as frightening as Richard Donner's 1976 version--Moore resorts to scare tactics rather than impending horror.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...the second half of the film, devoid of the cheap thrills and subliminal images that fill the first half, moves along smoothly...

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Confirm[s] its pointlessness at every available turn.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The times may not be as apocalyptic as they once were, but this is still an Omen for the age of irony.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

In his zeal to creep us out, [director] Moore forgot the subtle brilliance of Damien's portrayal in the original, which was largely as a pawn.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

All the signs point to a waste of your time.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

As is the case of any virtual carbon copy, this version isn't quite as sharp.

July 2, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's a television repeat disguised as a studio picture.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

...a slow-paced, surprisingly tedious update that ultimately feels more redundant than anything else.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Adding Mia Farrow to the cast was a stroke of genius

June 16, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

Expected to be disappointed after having been so scared by the original, I was pleased to find the antichrist plot device to be new and exciting again.

June 16, 2006 Full Review

...rent the original instead

June 16, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Omen

Unnecessary remake of a classic, this version of Richard Donner's The Omen is almost exactly like the original horror classic. The only difference is, is that everything is up to date, style wise, technology wise and so forth. This remake is worthless, and what's surprising is the impressive cast here. Not even a cast like this can save a dull film like this. If you've seen the far superior original directed by Richard Donner, skip this film. I'm actually surprised that with the talent involved, the filmmakers couldn't create a more effective remake. Instead this is a shot for shot clone and it's boring, dull, and above all lacks any real horror because, well it's predictable. There are some remakes that are good, unfortunately this updated version of The Omen isn't one of them. The film is very much like Gus Van Sant's version of Psycho. The reason that this film is terrible is that the film doesn't do anything, besides copying the original. For what it is, this is a mediocre horror film that is somewhat entertaining, but lacks the fire of the classic. The film simply misses the mark, and this the type of film that really puts an emphasis on unoriginality. Despite the cast, this film simply lacked the fire of the original, it's exactly the same film, except it's updated for modern times. The reason the film fails is that we know right from the start what happens, and the payoff just isn't like the original film. If you do watch this, you're watching the same film, minus the original jolts that the classic Omen delivered so well.
February 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I've not seen the original to be honest, so I can't compare them. I have to say though this was quite slow moving, more creepy than scary. The original has quite a reputation, which might be a little dated now. This just didn't deliver any scares, jumps or action for me, shame as it has a very good cast!
November 26, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Didn't think it was 26% bad, but it could have been alot better. It has its fair share of good scares though.
September 25, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Pointless remake which did nothing to add anything original and different except to jazz up the death scenes with a bit of blood. The 1976 original was superior in every way and not once did this remake come close to challenging it. Wasn't really scary, a few cheap frights were thrown in here and there and, like I mentioned before, a couple of the death scenes have been over-sylized which admittedly do look impressive, but it takes away any scare appeal. Marco Beltrami did a very good job with the musical score, but stil, it's not a match for Jerry Goldsmiths Oscar winning original. This one will probably be enjoyed more by people who have not seen the excellent original version.
January 8, 2011
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Lee ?

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    1. Damien: Did I scare you, Mommy? I didn't mean to.
    – Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
    1. Father Brennan: When the Jews return to Zion, and a comet fills the sky, and the holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die. From the eternal sea he rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother, until man exists no more.
    – Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
    1. Katherine Thorn: Don't let him kill me.
    – Submitted by Jaime A (2 years ago)
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