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The Messengers (2007)

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

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

4

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 491,520

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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.

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

,

Todd Farmer

Jun 5, 2007

$35.4M

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

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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!

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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

July 15, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
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.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

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

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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.

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The scares have been booby-trapped brilliantly throughout it.

June 18, 2007
Moviehole

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

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

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

March 3, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Messengers

three stars
September 26, 2012
YodaMasterJedi
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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!
April 7, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Pathetic. This is a great comedy though, due to the fact that it is not at all scary.
August 8, 2011
CreedsDelight

Super Reviewer

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.
March 19, 2011
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    1. Jess Solomon: Please believe me I'm not making this up!
    2. Denise Solomon: Jess just stop!
    3. Jess Solomon: Dad I'm really scared can't we just go home?
    4. Roy Solomon: Jessica this is home, you have to get used to that.
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