The Omen Reviews

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October 9, 2012
Richard Donner directs more for speed than mood, but there are a few good shocks.
March 26, 2009
Richard Donner's direction is taut. Players all are strong.
January 26, 2006
This apocalyptic movie mostly avoids physical gore to boost its relatively unoriginal storyline with suspense, some excellent acting (especially from Warner and Whitelaw), and a very deft, incident-packed script.
July 7, 2005
May 9, 2005
A member of the Exorcist family, it is a dreadfully silly film, which is not to say that it is totally bad.
October 23, 2004
As long as movies like The Omen are merely scaring us, they're fun in a portentous sort of way.
July 18, 2019
Richard Donner has narrated this horrifying story in a humdrum style that only at times reaches acceptable levels, thanks to Gil Taylor's cinematography and the anonymous labor of the special effects technicians. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 28, 2019
A good movie, that changed the guidelines of horror movies, becoming a huge blockbuster. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 25, 2015
Much of the film is terrific, unnerving stuff; but much of it is kind of loopy and much too silly to take even a little seriously.
December 29, 2014
The Omen contains some of the most memorable untimely deaths in cinema history.
October 31, 2013
Stands alone as a wonderful horror thriller.
October 9, 2012
Entertaining and yes, still ominous after all these years. A landmark of satanic cinema.
October 9, 2012
It was the performance of Harvey Stephens as the young Damien that invested the film with the chill of genuine credibility.
October 9, 2012
All references to prophecy and the Antichrist aside, The Omen achieves its horrors the old fashioned way.
October 9, 2012
Silly and bloody, but at times very effective.
December 15, 2010
Gory original Satanism saga; popular but plodding.
October 31, 2008
...fares a whole lot better than its 2006 remake...
July 4, 2008
... a slick, polished, and professional thriller that combines an intriguing mystery with periodic eruptions of bloody violence ...
June 20, 2008
Goldsmith's score took the film to a level horror films generally never attained in the 1970s.
October 14, 2007
The fairly sedate pace and tone may be a bit dry for today's viewer, but by the film's disturbing climax and simple, superbly creepy final image, one appreciates how well it helped build the suspense.
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