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Signs (2002)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 226
Fresh: 167 | Rotten: 59

With Signs, Shyamalan proves once again an expert at building suspense and giving audiences the chills.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 17

With Signs, Shyamalan proves once again an expert at building suspense and giving audiences the chills.



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A thriller set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania focusing on the mysterious appearance of a five-hundred-foot design of circles and lines carved into the crops of the family farm. Graham Hess is the family patriarch who is tested in his journey to find the truth behind the unfolding mystery.

Jan 7, 2003


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All Critics (228) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (167) | Rotten (59) | DVD (51)

Individual sequences generate an eerie tension that's always deflated, creating a jarring stop-and-go rhythm, and the atmospheric trickery never strays beyond a lot of smoke and mirrors.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Shyamalan is technically a superb film-maker, for all that he's picked up most of his tricks from Spielberg and Hitchcock.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A refreshing summer movie.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsweek | Comment (1)
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Shyamalan wants to be the metaphysical poet of movies, but he's dangerously close to becoming its O. Henry.

August 11, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The same old same old: dull and recycled, with no surprises.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The movie is almost completely lacking in suspense, surprise and consistent emotional conviction.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Excellent, but has some extreme tension and peril.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

Shyamalan is 0 for 3, giving us another incredible movie.

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

An anti-Independence Day, a cousin of Close Encounters, but most of all, a well-modulated, dread-laden, faith-based mystery. [Blu-Ray]

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Crap circles.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comments (14)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Mr. Shayamalan is a gifted writer and filmmaker. He definitely has more great films in his future. However, he may need to take a step away from the paranormal thriller.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

M. Night Shyamalan's Signs is Close Encounters of the Corny Kind.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

I come away from Signs exhilarated by Shyamalan's skill at keeping his audience guessing.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

The one good thing about it is that it's over in one hour and 47 minutes. The bad thing is to think what a terrible waste it was of an hour and 47 minutes.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

A gripping and well-made thriller that preserves Shyamalan's winning streak and shows us, as all the best films do, a world that we're familiar with and believe in, and yet we've never seen, and by which we're endlessly fascinated.

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Shyamalan fancies himself a philosopher whose stories have deep and important meanings that need to be conveyed to audiences as slowly and heavy-handedly as possible.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

Gibson gives one of the best performances of his career...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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One may never get the answer that they seek, but they will be scared out of the wits when searching for one.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Shyamalan has done it again. He's taken a well-used genre, the alien invasion, and given it a spin that focuses on the human psyche rather than the surrounding events.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comments (2)

How apt for a film called Signs that Shyamalan should have plusses and minuses the whole way through.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Being known for "Big Twist Endings" may label you a one-trick pony, but one trick is better than no tricks.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

[Shyamalan's] treatment doesn't always make perfect sense, but what his film lacks in logic is more than made up for in atmosphere.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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Audience Reviews for Signs

While I perhaps did not understand all the apparent symbolism, I can certainly appreciate great suspense when I see it and this movie scared me. It is so toned down and slow, giving you only hints here and there, teasing you on the other end, that you just end up gripped with this film. Again, the philosophical part of the movie was completely lost on me (something about lost faith perhaps) but don't let that bog you down from watching this.
February 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

An expertly put-together sci-fi thriller which is the last great M. Night Shyamalan movie put out in over a decade. Mel Gibson and Joaquin Pheonix are excellent as two brothers trying to run a family together, but once their crops come under attack and an alien invasion seems imminent, personal history erupts as a war of possibly apocalyptic heights comes to Earth. This is right on par with "The Sixth Sense" in terms of Shyamalan's work, and the ending is one of my favorites of all-time as he masterfully interweaves a powerful soundtrack with a ferociously action-packed conclusion. A massively under-appreciated and misunderstood movie that will hopefully be more respected as the years go on. Gibson gives one of the best performances of his career, as does Phoenix, and the strong acting and astoundingly good story-telling makes this a flawless motion picture.
February 25, 2013
Dan Schultz

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What can I say? This and "The Sixth Sense" seem to be M. Night (I'm gonna murder this guy's last name) Shamlayn's only good movies. This movie isn't your average alien invasion movie. It's a story with symbolism encrypted in the plot. Mel Gibson plays a former preacher who has lost on faith in God ever since his wife was killed a tragic accident. He has to raise his two children with the help of his brother played by Jaqouin Phoenix. The acting in this movie is solid. Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the guy knows how to act. Phoenix is very good in his role and the child actors were also really convincing. M. Night Shamdada even makes a cameo as the guy who accidentally killed Mel Gibson's wife. (That dick.) There is one scene in this movie that scared me to the point experiencing many sleepless nights. (I was like 7, don't judge.) If you haven't seen the movie, I won't explain a lot about that scene, but let's put it this way: Those poor Brazilian kids will never have a birthday party the same way again. Some parts of this movie seemed incredibly drawn out and forced and some scenes near the end felt really slow and the writers didn't know what they wanted to do. But that should be expected in an M. Night Shamaladamn movie. This movie also requires a sharp mind. Some parts of the movie that are minor and seem pointless eventually play out to be important to the plot, so be on the lookout for those. All in all, this was a very entertaining and enjoyable film. The story was subtle, but in a very good way. It was directed in a way that only M. Night Shamackadonaroopashire could pull off, despite him making a lot of really crappy movies lately.
January 13, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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Not really into alien type movies but this is a great storyline about a family who defends their home from invasion. Reminds me of Independence Day and War of the Worlds. Great cast. Fab ending. Best M Night Shyamalan movie.
November 13, 2011
Candy Rose

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    1. Graham Hess: Caroline, please stop calling me Father.
    2. Officer Caroline Paski: What's the matter?
    3. Morgan Hess: I can't hear my children.
    – Submitted by Heath R (20 months ago)
    1. Bo Hess: There's a monster outside my bedroom. Can I get a glass of water?
    – Submitted by Phillip M (22 months ago)
    1. Graham Hess: It's happening...
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Ray Reddy: I've never fallen asleep while driving before. It had to be at that right moment. That 10-15 seconds when I passed her walking. It's like it was meant to be.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Morgan Hess: Listen, Bo. This is very important. Everything people have written in science books is about to change. The history of the world's future is on the TV right now. We need to record this so you can show your children this tape and say you were there. For your children, Bo.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
    1. Officer Caroline Paski: How certain are you that this was a male?
    2. Merrill Hess: Oh, I don't know any girls who could run like that.
    3. Officer Caroline Paski: I don't know, Merrill. I've seen some of those women on the Olympics. They can run like the wind.
    4. Merrill Hess: This guy got on our roof in like a second. Our roof is ten feet high.
    5. Officer Caroline Paski: They have women's high-jumping in the Olympics. They've got these Scandinavian women who could jump clean over me.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
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