The Happening Reviews

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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?'
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.
June 23, 2008
The Happening is an awful letdown, yet it leaves you with something new, as a gently waving tree -- that classical image of pastoral tranquillity -- mutates into a harbinger of doom.
Top Critic
June 18, 2008
For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on voltage.
June 16, 2008
It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly serious. But, you know what, I appreciated this creatively offbeat, daring sci-fi mind-trip.
June 16, 2008
All that's missing is the head alien of Plan 9 From Outer Space dropping by to lecture the populace for disrespecting nature: 'Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!'
June 6, 2019
It's distant, aloof and painfully self-aggrandizing, clearly overconfident in its ability to scare the audience.
December 13, 2018
You know pretty early on what's likely causing "the happening," and yes, there's a message here.
November 4, 2018
Ultimately it doesn't work -- scenes intended to be played straight become unintentionally funny due to Wahlberg's star turn being so gormless.
December 16, 2017
You just feel you've been conned by a cheap trick, and an old one at that.
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