The Happening Reviews

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October 12, 2008
While not as laughable as the narcissistic Lady in the Water ,it fails just as miserably as narrative and even more miserably with its flat characters and tone deaf dialogue.
October 4, 2008
Besides telegraphing the cause of the ho-hum havoc, this yawner is beset by a host of flaws, including wooden acting jobs by Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg who barely demonstrate the emotional range of the zombies everybody around them is turning into.
August 27, 2008
It's a great idea. A silent, unknown killing machine knocking people off while a science teacher tries to figure out why. But it just didn't work.
August 8, 2008
Shyamalan's latest is an improvement, but a full-fledged comeback ain't happening.
July 17, 2008
Shyamalan is a master at a visual iconic moment - but the "filler" (you might have learned about it in English class by this name: "story") gets weaker and weaker every film.
July 11, 2008
The M. Knight brilliance is there in quick jolts of suspense and terror, but those moments are the exception in this otherwise flat little thriller.
July 10, 2008
Shyamalan's religious ideas are a lot like Bush's: Nearly theology free.
July 4, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan offers up low-intensity thrills that fail to match the shivery shudders of his best work (THE SIXTH SENSE, SIGNS). His patented approach - mixing domestic drama with horror - plays out on a much larger canvas.
July 3, 2008
It is the first film of his career that feels incompetent and utterly gratuitous at times.
July 2, 2008
Shyamalan creates another urban myth with this slow burning thriller. But it never quite comes to life, due to stiff directing and acting
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.
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.
June 23, 2008
Holy Mother of God...this is awful.
June 22, 2008
This major studio release asks the question, how long can you survive on past glories? Shame on Shyamalan.
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.
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.
June 20, 2008
Mark Wahlberg's sturdy performance saves The Happening from becoming a protracted Saturday Night Live spoof of M. Night Shyamalan movies.
June 20, 2008
I'm shaking my head now like a caring teacher grading a poor assignment written by a bright student.
June 20, 2008
There are some creepy moments but overall The Happening is a bit of a non-event.
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