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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The objective view gives the audience too much room to unravel its schematic plot, which is far less inspired than its creepy visuals.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Families who see this film should talk about the importance of trust between parents and children.
| Original Score: C+
A stunningly inert, painfully derivative, shamelessly cheap and aggressively dull ghost story that delivers nothing you haven't seen before. About 43 times.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The only message worth relaying about The Messengers is: Avoid.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: C
Scary awful. It's a new genre I just made up.
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.
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.
| Original Score: D+
...this movie exists in a universe where movies like this don't exist...
Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton.
A film so filled with clichés of the genre and plot points so dumb that even a novice would end up laughing.
| Original Score: D
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.
No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Forgoes any more innovations, lazily borrowing from other people's horror movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
The Pangs might know how to knee-jerk shock an audience ad nauseam, but the remainder of The Messengers suffers from shamelessly thudding banality.
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