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The Happening Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 6, 2008
Undoubtedly M. Night Shyamalan's weakest thriller to date...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Eileen Jones
AlterNet
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.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 16, 2008
I did find myself caught up in Shyamalan's apocalyptic world for a time -- before some really bad dialogue or acting would shake me out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 16, 2008
For Night, The Happening is a little blip on his career flatline. The guy just may pull through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
June 15, 2008
Shyamalan's direction always seems so serious that it's easy to imagine he may be screwing up when he draws laughs, but I'd lay down money that many of these were deliberate.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 15, 2008
The film does manage to build some tension, since the survival of the group remains in question right up to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2008
Works as an effective and brutally horrifying antithesis to the usual explosive summer fare...
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 14, 2008
'The Happening' may not be M. Night Shyamalan's best movie, but it's his most provocative one.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 14, 2008
While there are certainly ideas behind it, the film lacks the bloated self-importance that plagued the director's last two efforts. This time, Shyamalan seems content merely to entertain us, and that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
June 13, 2008
I'm always amused by the sort of backlashes that Shyamalan is in right now. Well, M. Night Shyamalan makes vague, subtle fantasy thrillers. If you've outgrown it, don't blame him.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
June 13, 2008
Trying to understand the thought process of writer and director M. Night Shyamalan is akin to analyzing Jell-O. What keeps it wiggling and what binds it together? This particular circumstance also had an Alfred Hitchcock vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
June 13, 2008
just damned creepy
| Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2008
Shyamalan movies demand that you surrender to his way of telling stories. If you're up for that, you should go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 13, 2008
In a Hollywood summer otherwise dominated by comic-book superheroes, blazing action spectacles, snickering teen sex comedies and computer-generated fantasy, M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening is something different -- and a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
June 13, 2008
Not a complete return to form (by far), but also not a failure. Let's be fair--this is the best film Shyamalan has put out in years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2008
A subtle, measured work, which means there will be many who find it dull and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 13, 2008
It's creepy, silly fun. And if it came from anyone else, it would be recognized as such. One thing is certain: The man hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
Shyamalan's approach is more effective than smash-and-grab plot-mongering. His use of the landscape is disturbingly effective. The performances by Wahlberg and Deschanel bring a quiet dignity to their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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