The Village (2004)

The Village (2004)

The Village



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

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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.

Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of violence and frightening situations)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
Box Office: $114.2M
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Critic Reviews for The Village

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (42)

Dangerously dour.

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
New Yorker
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

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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