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The Messengers (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 74

Critics Consensus: The Messengers is an atmospheric but derivative rip-off of countless other horror movies.

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: The Messengers is an atmospheric but derivative rip-off of countless other horror movies.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 491,573

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Movie Info

A family moves into a run-down sunflower farm. As the farm begins to revive after years of disrepair, the family begins to notice uncomfortable and alarming changes in their father's behavior.

Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
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Written By:
Todd Farmer , Stuart Beattie , Mark Wheaton
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 5, 2007
Box Office:
$35.4M
Runtime:
Screen Gems - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Messengers

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (74) | DVD (16)

The MessengersI/i> is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.

Full Review… | March 3, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The well-amplified scares are so perfunctory as to be laughable. 'What's up with the crows?' bitches Kristen Stewart, clearly not up on her Hitchcock or any Asian thriller of the past ten years.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The Asian-horror-movie moment feels long since passed, both here and abroad. Let our zombies walk or even sprint again! Give our creepy kids back their pupils!

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Thai twin-brother directors Oxide and Danny Pang did primo horror work on 2002's Hong Kong cornea-transplant flick The Eye, but on their first American film their atmospheric efforts are usurped by a brain-dead script that seems written by a 12-year-old.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

There are flashes of good imagery in The Messengers, but [they] work better in the trailer, unencumbered by the dreary plot.

Full Review… | July 15, 2008
ESplatter

Patchwork filmmaking designed by a corporate mentality devoted only to the defense of the lowest common denominator. The viewer is assumed to be stupid and easily duped.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
CinemaBlend.com

The only message worth relaying about The Messengers is: Avoid.

Full Review… | February 26, 2008
Lessons of Darkness

Um filme falho (especialmente com relação ao seu roteiro), mas que oferece belos exemplos do dom que os cineastas têm para criar planos e cenas perturbadores.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Cinema em Cena

A film so filled with clichés of the genre and plot points so dumb that even a novice would end up laughing.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Una más de niños que ven fantasmas, totalmente insignificante y olvidable y plagada de lugares comunes que ya no asustan ni sorprenden a nadie.

Full Review… | July 22, 2007
Uruguay Total

The problem with The Messengers is that it simply doesn't offer up much of anything new.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

The scares have been booby-trapped brilliantly throughout it.

June 18, 2007
Moviehole

...irredeemably uneventful and - ultimately - hopelessly derivative...

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton.

April 21, 2007
KPBS.org

It's pretty ordinary genre stuff.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Guardian

It's like a movie premonition - you've seen it all before.

Full Review… | April 6, 2007
Empire Magazine

Derivative but enjoyable horror flick with stylish direction, an intriguing mystery and strong performances from its cast.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
ViewLondon

Gaping plot holes, a tacked-on ending and a twist that belongs in a different movie.

Full Review… | April 3, 2007
BBC.com

Though The Messengers stands above its ilk, the filmmakers work with too limited a tone, and restrained a sense of exploration, to bring it to life.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

Families who see this film should talk about the importance of trust between parents and children.

March 3, 2007
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Messengers

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YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Not actually all that scary. I expected a dumb storyline, and that's what I got, but having said that, it was enjoyable enough to watch. Cast are all fine, special effects don't really look real, but they still look good.
My main criticism is that there seemed to be something wrong with the soundtrack to this (maybe just on the UK blu ray, I don't know), the sound affects were really, really loud, while the speaking bits I could hardly hear. I had to keep adjusting the volume, and then jump through the roof when the scary bits came on. In the end I just turned the volume down lower and put on the subtitles. Not really an ideal way to watch a movie!

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Pathetic. This is a great comedy though, due to the fact that it is not at all scary.

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CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

½

Chinese directors Oxide and Danny Pang have proven they can handle a good supernatural ghost movie with films like "The Eye" trilogy and "Bangkok Haunted" under their belt back in Asia, and their first English language feature in the western world was not too bad neither. The Pang brothers usually write their own material but with "The Messengers" they were working with a fairly routine and unoriginal plot that held no real surprises except for the unexpected twist near the end. The film relies mostly on "Boo" scares but there are a couple of moderately creepy moments and scary occurances. It was entertaining enough but won't go down as one of the directors' best efforts, but it's better than a lot of other PG-13 ghost flicks out there.

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Lee ?

Super Reviewer

The Messengers Quotes


Jess Solomon:
Please believe me I'm not making this up!
Denise Solomon:
Jess just stop!
Jess Solomon:
Dad I'm really scared can't we just go home?
Roy Solomon:
Jessica this is home, you have to get used to that.
– Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

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