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The Messengers Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 15, 2008
There are flashes of good imagery in The Messengers, but [they] work better in the trailer, unencumbered by the dreary plot.
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
May 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 26, 2008
The only message worth relaying about The Messengers is: Avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 4, 2008
A film so filled with clichés of the genre and plot points so dumb that even a novice would end up laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Stax
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
The problem with The Messengers is that it simply doesn't offer up much of anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
June 18, 2007
The scares have been booby-trapped brilliantly throughout it.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 13, 2007
...irredeemably uneventful and - ultimately - hopelessly derivative...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Dallas Morning News
May 28, 2007
The MessengersI/i> is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 21, 2007
Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 7, 2007
It's pretty ordinary genre stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2007
It's like a movie premonition - you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 5, 2007
Derivative but enjoyable horror flick with stylish direction, an intriguing mystery and strong performances from its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 5, 2007
Many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
April 3, 2007
Gaping plot holes, a tacked-on ending and a twist that belongs in a different movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
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.
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Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2007
No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 3, 2007
Families who see this film should talk about the importance of trust between parents and children.
| Original Score: C+
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