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The Happening Reviews

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Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 12, 2008
It's a shame that the movie is such a tonal failure, because it does many other things right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
June 13, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan's worst film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
The plot is absurdly preachy and illogical, and the dialogue uneven, with stinging lines followed by stinkers.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
Wahlberg is atrocious, as wooden as the trees terrorising him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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James Berardinelli
June 13, 2008
We don't care. It doesn't matter if they live or die, if there's a happy ending, or some kind of twist. The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or -- best of all -- not to bother with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 13, 2008
If this was the movie to rescue the reputation of self-styled genius Shyamalan after the disaster of Lady in the Water, then it's back to the old drawing board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2008
After the insufferably dense mermaid mythology of Lady in the Water, Shyamalan clearly wanted to keep things simple. He whizzed straight past simple to simplistic.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 13, 2008
Woeful clunker of a paranoid thriller.
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Shot in the inimitable Shyamalan lugubriousness
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
June 14, 2008
Where the hell is Act III?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 11, 2008
The movie seems more like a '50s science fiction film of extreme paranoia or an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that even at a swiftly paced 90 minutes feels padded.
Edward Douglas
June 12, 2008
The Happening quickly deteriorates into the worst movie of M. Night Shyamalan's career... and that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
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
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 13, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan has morphed from "the next Spielberg" to a punching bag for critics and audiences alike. The Happening reminds us why.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Katey Rich
June 12, 2008
For all his complaints recently about being misunderstood, it seems it's Shyamalan who simply doesn't get us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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