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Unbreakable (2000)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 51

With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 16

With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.

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Actor Bruce Willis and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan reunite after the surprise success of The Sixth Sense for this supernatural thriller. David Dunne (Willis) is taking a train from New York City back home to Philadelphia after a job interview that didn't go well when his car jumps the tracks and collides with an oncoming engine, with David the only survivor among the 131 passengers on board. Astoundingly, David is not only alive, he hardly seems to have been touched. As David wonders what

Jun 26, 2001

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With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Thrill-kill plots, cardboard characters and zap-pow editing are not for Shyamalan, who takes his good, thoughtful time to snare audiences in his dark web.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Unbreakable is a film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.

January 1, 2000 | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Interesting premise, but ultimately disappointing.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (5)
Common Sense Media

Sequel talk often sparks because this unconventionally contemplative comic-book film is M. Night Shyamalan's only idea worth continuing -a patient, downbeat and thrillingly unpredictable drama that still stands today as Shyamalan's visionary masterpiece.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A superhero origin story for an audience that appreciates human stories...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

With all these superlatives, how could Shyamalan so badly misjudge vital elements to the story? The melodramatic elements take away substantially from much of what could otherwise be hailed as a masterpiece.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The characters (especially Willis') are drab and uninteresting, and the story, even allowing for the supernatural overtones, is unconvincing.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
Sacramento News & Review

The old magic fails to re-materialize, thanks to overwrought melodrama and contrived plot developments.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (3)
ESplatter

a little too pretentious but still good

January 7, 2008

Shyamalan takes us in close, picking up sad and angry whispers; his people almost never raise their voices.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The dialogue has more pauses than a High School production of Samuel Beckett. And while that works up to a point, you find yourself wanting to grab the characters and shake them out of their introspective stupors.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Shyamalan has already established his own personal stamp for his films.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Remarkable, dark, and surprising.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Un hommage fulgurant à la bande dessinée dont bon nombre des adaptations qui ont suivi auraient gagné à prendre comme exemple.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Unbreakable is an extraordinarily quiet movie. Impatient audience members will probably give up on the movie early, and they'll miss out.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Comments (3)
Looking Closer

Shyamalan has a way to go before ascending to the level of Alfred Hitchcock, the uncontested master of psychological suspense, but he clearly wants to do so.

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Might have made an interesting episode of the X-Files, but it fails as a full length movie.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

When was the last time a big budget Hollywood thriller (with Bruce Willis, no less) came off as understated?

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It is filled with interesting choices from behind the camera, giving a sometimes skewed perspective of the world, and meaningful silences in the dialogue, reminiscent of Pinter.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A depressing, definitive case of a film that experiences in its third and final act what one could either call, charitably, a total loss of its convictions, or, less charitably, a total brain aneurysm.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for Unbreakable

Shyamalan displays an absolute control of his film and the type of story he wants to tell, making use of many elaborate long shots and camera movements to enhance the tension of his intriguing plot, while keeping us involved even when the pacing seems to slow down.
August 18, 2013
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The signature twist of M. Night Shyamalan in his super hero thriller Unbreakable is inferior to the "oh god I get it now" surprise of "The Sixth Sense". Nevertheless it has it's own unique, heart pounding after effect. I've always been particularly aware of the self indulgence that Shyamalan has cast upon himself since his early success mostly because the first film of his I saw was "The Last Airbender" and hated it. Unbreakable is what i'd call his last "pure" film before he went completely insane and looked in the mirror and figured he saw the new Hitchcock. This features engaging performances all around, in particular Bruce Willis who has a more profoundly mysterious character than his role as the hero of The Sixth Sense and in addition a cunningly cast Samuel L Jackson who gives what is one of his best performances following Pulp Fiction and preceeding Black Snake Moan. Solid tension is stretched through all of the acts, revealing insignificant details that add up to a climactic finale. At the risk of sounding like an idiot I think as a whole this is superior to The Sixth Sense both structurally and aesthetically. As a film on it's own I think it has more ambition than a regular potboiler and features many shiny segments of masterfully inventive direction. This is not your average superhero flick but an original and creative idea, an intriguing one at that. Shyamalan is slightly more emotionally involved with the characters that he writes and crafts here than in his previous efforts, and that is a brilliant sign that one day the talented director will once again surpass the normal suspense thriller standard. It's too badly ironic that his career then plummeted.
January 10, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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In cinema, you have films that appeal to the filmmakers and the audience. An artsy-fartsy movie usually appeals to the former while popcorn flicks appeals to the latter. Unbreakable appeals towards the filmmakers. There is symbolism from left to right and in someways the film can be called a small-town epic. A new personal favorite.
November 11, 2012
paul o.
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M. Night Shyamalan's films tend to be miss or hits. This is more of a near hit as it tends to be a bit too slow and boring for my tastes. It's one of those "good but not great" kind of movies.
July 16, 2012
Raajay

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    1. Joseph Dunn: I'll just shoot him once.
    – Submitted by Aaron R (17 months ago)
    1. David Dunne: If you shoot me, the bullets will bounce back...
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Elijah Prince: They call me Mr.Glass.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Elijah Prince: This is an art gallery, my friend, and this is a piece of art.
    – Submitted by Gonzalo D (19 months ago)
    1. Elijah Prince: Now that we know who you are... I know who I am. I'm not a mistake! It all makes sense. In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero, and most time's they're friends, like you and me. I should've known way back when. You know why, David? Because of the kids. They called me Mr. Glass.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Elijah Prince: Do you know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world, to not know why you're here.
    – Submitted by Sam B (2 years ago)
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