The Happening - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Happening Reviews

Page 1 of 9
Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
Wahlberg is atrocious, as wooden as the trees terrorising him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 16, 2011
At first, a great deal happens, then nothing much happens for quite some time, then something so underwhelming happens that one is left wondering, 'Did that really just happen?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Shot in the inimitable Shyamalan lugubriousness
Dragan Antulov
July 15, 2009
Shyamalan sve lo%u0161ije reagira na gubitak statusa holivudskog bo%u017Eanstva
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Seeing The Happening is like going on an outing with an earnest person, who happens to be a drunk. Every time it starts to make sense, it slurs its speech and starts dropping things -- such as coherence and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 14, 2008
More than anything, what bothers me about it is a sense of cheapness that ... centrally comes from a concept mainly built for shock value.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 6, 2008
Undoubtedly M. Night Shyamalan's weakest thriller to date...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Holcomb
October 12, 2008
While not as laughable as the narcissistic Lady in the Water ,it fails just as miserably as narrative and even more miserably with its flat characters and tone deaf dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
It's a great idea. A silent, unknown killing machine knocking people off while a science teacher tries to figure out why. But it just didn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 8, 2008
Shyamalan's latest is an improvement, but a full-fledged comeback ain't happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 17, 2008
Shyamalan is a master at a visual iconic moment - but the "filler" (you might have learned about it in English class by this name: "story") gets weaker and weaker every film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 11, 2008
The M. Knight brilliance is there in quick jolts of suspense and terror, but those moments are the exception in this otherwise flat little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 10, 2008
Shyamalan's religious ideas are a lot like Bush's: Nearly theology free.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Steve Biodrowski
July 4, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan offers up low-intensity thrills that fail to match the shivery shudders of his best work (THE SIXTH SENSE, SIGNS). His patented approach - mixing domestic drama with horror - plays out on a much larger canvas.
David Poland
Movie City News
July 3, 2008
It is the first film of his career that feels incompetent and utterly gratuitous at times.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 2, 2008
Shyamalan creates another urban myth with this slow burning thriller. But it never quite comes to life, due to stiff directing and acting
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
July 1, 2008
Usually Shyamalan can hide his limitations as a screenwriter behind his skill as a director. Here, that skill fails him as well, and the whole movie falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Page 1 of 9