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The Happening Reviews

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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-
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
June 23, 2008
Holy Mother of God...this is awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
June 19, 2008
...some nice creepy moments -- but other moments, and more, of (presumably) unintended humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
June 18, 2008
Only half good cinema, seemingly the result of its maker's stunted belief/determination in both himself and his audience.
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.
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
June 18, 2008
For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on voltage.
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