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The Village (2004)

The Village


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 89
Rotten: 117

Critics Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 452,000


Movie Info

Another supernatural thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, The Village re-teams the director with Joaquin Phoenix, the co-star of 2002's Signs. Set in a small Pennsylvania town near the end of the 19th century, the film concerns the people of the community who remained confined to their village because of the monsters that loom in the woods that surround them. The film also stars Judy Greer, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of director Ron Howard.

PG-13 (for a scene of violence and frightening situations)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
M. Night Shyamalan
In Theaters:
Jan 11, 2005
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Village

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (117) | DVD (44)

Dangerously dour.

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

For those who just want a good scare, rest assured the best (and worst) of it comes across as Wait Until Dark meets The Blair Witch Project.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Shyamalan, far from being a master of suspense, hasn't yet figured out that the shadowy things you glimpse out of the corner of your eye are always scarier than those you're allowed to gaze upon directly.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
Top Critic

Another mediocre lunacy from the overrated M. Night Shyamalan.

Full Review… | August 5, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

So meaningless and distanced in its details that it hardly stands a chance of wooing even the most willing fellow traveler.

Full Review… | August 3, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Village doesn't pack quite the punch of The Sixth Sense, but it's equal to Shyamalan's last two films.

Full Review… | August 2, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Gripping, creepy, and very well acted with a great breakout performance from Bryce Dallas Howard...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

M. Night Shyamalan keeps the story vague enough to work up to his plot twist, and while I won't reveal it here, I will say that I don't think the payoff is worth it.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Shyamalan remains ever the master of mood and of unseen, inchoate menace; he can give depth and gravity to scenes that in other hands would be either boring or ridiculous.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

The Village is not completely awful, but it comes closer than one would like to admit.

Full Review… | July 4, 2008

The would-be surprise only makes you rethink the reason you went to see the movie in the first place.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Village idiot.

Full Review… | August 5, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

In a time when Hollywood is more interested in remakes and sequels than in original movies, Shyamalan continues to tell new stories. And he's really good at it.

November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

I'm not sure exactly why I'm protecting the Shocking Twist, because it certainly doesn't deserve to be protected.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

It's hard to care about situations that have been designed only to obscure the ultimate twist.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Picturesque, slightly haunting but silly in a frustrating way.

Full Review… | April 2, 2005
Dark Horizons

A timely mention of the ways that violence begets violence, and in how effective terror can be in keeping people under control.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Freeze Dried Movies

Shyamalan can't brings himself to abandon the familiar. Until he does, however, he's just going to keep coming back with diminishing returns.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
NYC Film Critic

It is not a bad film, despite its goofy plot, thanks to top-flight acting.

Full Review… | February 5, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

[The love story] between the two young, uncorrupted stars suffuses the entire movie and has made me forgive, if not forget, the movie's flaws.

Full Review… | January 13, 2005

... a Sleepy Hollow-like folk tale that is light on character development and heavy on symbolism and suggestion.

December 31, 2004
Looking Closer enigma to which each viewer must bring something and from which each viewer will most likely take something away. In my case, I brought a lot more than I took away.

Full Review… | December 27, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Still one inventive, scary and heartfelt movie.

Full Review… | November 9, 2004

If you're willing to follow Shyamalan wherever he goes in his inquiry into how the US got so terrorism-fixated, he leads you into provocative, if uneven, territory.

November 2, 2004
Long Island Press

Audience Reviews for The Village

I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally came, I was extremely let down particularly with the ending. It showed alot of promise in the beginning, but failed to capitalize on it.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell. Those more open-minded, however, will find an interesting film with an evoking cinematography, though the main twist (two, in fact) does not cause the same impact as Shyamalan's previous films.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the twist ending. The Village could have been something terrific, but instead it ends up being a dud. This horror suspense film isn't what it advertises it to be. The film would have been fine just the way it, if it wasn't for the ending. For what is, the first hour was very entertaining, but like I said, the ending ruined the entire film. I felt that Shyamalan had another terrific film under his belt, but alas; it was not to be. The Village ends up being predictable, and near the end you realize what the ending might actually be. Other than the film was well acted, but because of the Shymalan tendency to ruining his films with a twist, the talent involved doesn't save the film from mediocrity. There were some good things about the film, but once everything becomes obvious to the viewer (and it does) you just end up not caring for the film anymore. What was great about Signs was that it had an effective mix of suspense, mystery, thrills and horror to create the tension on screen. Plus the ending wasn't bad whatsoever, and nothing is really explained, not to the fullest at least. But with The Village, everything is explained and it ruins the entire tone of the film. Go in with low expectations so that you're not too disappointed as I was. The Village is a mediocre thriller horror film that doesn't deliver the goods.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


I found M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 thriller excellent for the first two-thirds of it. The characters are interesting, the acting all-round is superb, especially from Bryce Dallas Howard. Shyamalan creates numerous moments of tension and suspense and the eery atmosphere really works. Not to mention James Newton Howard's score is incredible and one of my all-time favourites now. Everything was great..until the final act. I don't hate the twist as much as others, but it just left me cold. I don't think it is the twist us the audience deserves. Who knows, the twist might make sense, but I think Shyamalan couldn't provided a much more interesting and thought-provoking climax. It doesn't mean the film doesn't get a recommendation from me, as throughout most of it, I was gripped. The acting is superb (though some actors, like Brendan Gleeson, are wasted), the characters and their interactions are always intriguing, the score is outstanding and it has a lot of creepy moments. I just wish the final 20 minutes didn't leave me so unsatisfyed. I will watch it again though and who knows? It may grow on me.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

The Village Quotes

August Nicholson:
Let her go. If it ends, it ends. We can move towards hope, that's what's beautiful about this place. We cannot run from heartache. My brother was slain in the towns, the rest of my family died here. Heartache is a part of life, we know that now. Ivy is running toward hope, let her run. If this place is worthy, she'll be successful in her quest.
– Submitted by Justine Mari M (9 months ago)
Edward Walker:
The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.
– Submitted by Matt P (2 years ago)
Lucius Hunt:
Are you upset you can't see?
Ivy Walker:
I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
Lucius Hunt:
Are you upset you can't see?
Ivy Walker:
I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
Ivy Walker:
Sometimes we don't do things we want to do so that others won't know we want to do them.
– Submitted by Josiah E (3 years ago)
Lucius Hunt:
There are different types of love.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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