The Messengers Reviews

Ty Burr
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
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-
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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April 5, 2007

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

Christy Lemire
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
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
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
Top Critic
February 10, 2007

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 | Original Score: 1/6
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 7, 2007

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 | Original Score: C
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 7, 2007

Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

[The film is] hampered by hauntingly lame performances by McDermott and Miller, who phone in their parts, and a screenplay that has the sophistication and complexity of a college dorm message board.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

Nicely photographed but slow-moving, dull and utterly predictable.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

If the ghosts were magnets and the Solomons were paperclips, the two parties couldn't be in a bigger rush to collide.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

Every movie has to have its own sense of logic, horror movies perhaps most of all, but as this story heads towards its climax it begins to contradict what it's told us to believe all along.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

It's awards season, so we'd like to nominate The Messengers for the yet-to-be-established Tippi Hedren Award for best use of malignant ravens in a motion picture.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

With The Messengers, the Pang brothers devise scenes so scary that they stain the imagination and never scrub out.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

The Messengers isn't a particularly frightening or gory horror movie, but directors Danny and Oxide Pang do have a special talent for torturing the reputations of their actors.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
February 3, 2007

The Pangs are technically proficient enough to deliver the requisite jolts, but déjà vu haunts the film as surely as its pasty-faced, hitch-stepped ghoulies, and it's hard to shake the impression that we've seen this movie before.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

The most frightening aspect of the film is that it will soon be haunting the bargain bins of shoddy video stores.

| Original Score: 2/4
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

Oh boy -- a shocker set against the terrifying backdrop of North Dakota sunflower farming!

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

This first American horror effort by the Pang Bros. doesn't deliver.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

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.

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

The Pangs painfully hew to a vision of an idealized Americana with the 'happy ending' coming off as especially egregious.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

The grown-ups fare worse: They speak . . . very . . . slowly . . . as if to pad the running time out. This may in fact be the most ridiculous performance John Corbett has ever given.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4