The Happening - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Happening Reviews

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 28, 2008
Un nuevo fiasco de M. Night Shyamalan, que sigue siendo un director con ideas interesantes (tanto argumentales como visuales) pero que necesita urgentemente la ayuda de un buen guionista.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
June 23, 2008
Holy Mother of God...this is awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 22, 2008
This major studio release asks the question, how long can you survive on past glories? Shame on Shyamalan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 20, 2008
[N]owhere near the level of The Sixth Sense, and not quite as good as the subsequent Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village, but at least it suggests that the awfulness of Lady in the Water may have been an aberration.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 20, 2008
Shyamalan's ideas might have more impact in a half-hour 'Twilight Zone' episode, where they would be shorn of some of the pretensions that seem to be mandatory in the feature-length work of a one-time Best Director Oscar nominee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
June 20, 2008
It's hard to believe that at one time Shyamalan was being touted as the next Steven Spielberg by Newsweek magazine, but if things keep going the way they are now, Uwe Boll might end up being a better comparison. And boy is that depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 20, 2008
Mark Wahlberg's sturdy performance saves The Happening from becoming a protracted Saturday Night Live spoof of M. Night Shyamalan movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
June 20, 2008
I'm shaking my head now like a caring teacher grading a poor assignment written by a bright student.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 20, 2008
There are some creepy moments but overall The Happening is a bit of a non-event.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eileen Jones
June 20, 2008
Whether or not you'll like The Happening might very well depend on how much you like apocalyptic scenarios in your movies. I love 'em, myself. Show me an ad for a lurid doomsday flick and I want to be there opening day, right down front.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 19, 2008
Might be perceived by some as all peaches and cream for entertainment value even if everything else about it is not happening.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 19, 2008
...some nice creepy moments -- but other moments, and more, of (presumably) unintended humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 18, 2008
Other than its ripe possibility for mockery, I cannot think of anything that makes the film really worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 18, 2008
When a movie's best bit arrives during the closing credits, we're all in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Humanick
House Next Door
June 18, 2008
Only half good cinema, seemingly the result of its maker's stunted belief/determination in both himself and his audience.
Armond White
New York Press
June 18, 2008
A better title for M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening would be Nonsense. It's like an amusement park ride that has no reason for being -- and no meaning -- besides visceral excitation. Only difference is that The Happening isn't fun.
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
June 18, 2008
The slight premise, coupled with some very bad performances by the cast as well as a screenplay filled with ham-fisted dialogue makes for a film that's not scary and borders on being ridiculous at times.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 18, 2008
For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on voltage.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 18, 2008
What you end up with is a cross between Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow and Shyamalan's Signs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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