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The Messengers Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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There isn't much of a script to work with, and for the occasional pull-out-the-stops moment, it never really builds towards its finish.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2007
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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The objective view gives the audience too much room to unravel its schematic plot, which is far less inspired than its creepy visuals.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2007
James Berardinelli
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The Messengers borrows so heavily from The Amityville Horror, The Birds, The Grudge, Poltergeist, and others that it has no room left for anything of its own.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 2, 2007
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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

| Original Score: C+

March 3, 2007
Scott Weinberg

A stunningly inert, painfully derivative, shamelessly cheap and aggressively dull ghost story that delivers nothing you haven't seen before. About 43 times.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 2, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

February 26, 2008
Eric D. Snider

Apart from being completely derivative and lacking even one original idea, it's not a bad movie. 'Unnecessary' is more the word I would use.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

February 1, 2007
Victoria Alexander

Scary awful. It's a new genre I just made up.

Full Review

February 4, 2007
Brian Holcomb

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2008
Brian Orndorf

For every one moment of genuinely built suspense, the Pang Brothers chase it with at least three follow-up scenes of either out-loud stupidity or baffling tedium.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

February 2, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...this movie exists in a universe where movies like this don't exist...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 11, 2007
Beth Accomando

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

April 21, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: D

January 4, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It isn't until the end that things spin out of control. No one says 'Gimme the bat, Wendy' or 'Here's Johnny!' But they come close.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 2, 2007
Christy Lemire
Arizona Republic
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No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Forgoes any more innovations, lazily borrowing from other people's horror movies.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 15, 2007
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

However, in their (The Pangs) first serving of an American-made boofest served with all the fixings of a horror-induced bunt cake the taste still remains strikingly superficial

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

Just another craptacular exercise in weak PG-13 horror involving resourceful-but-stupid teens, idiotic adults and ghostly apparitions with short pants, pale skin and stringy hair.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

February 10, 2007
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

The Pangs might know how to knee-jerk shock an audience ad nauseam, but the remainder of The Messengers suffers from shamelessly thudding banality.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2007
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

the Pang brothers know how to set a mood and you can tell they can handle the camera from the way they set up the opening, so it's too bad they had to work without a script

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1/5

February 19, 2007
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
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