Village of the Damned - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Village of the Damned Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 21, 2016
John Carpenter's version of the original story is compelling and absolutely entertaining.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 16, 2016
Director John Carpenter is unable to generate anything resembling suspense or even basic narrative fluidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot
April 11, 2016
It's the kind of film that appears to have been made by filmmakers who don't understand a thing about storytelling, pacing, tone, or atmosphere, which is only made all the more shocking by the fact that it was directed by the legendary John Carpenter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
The real shock came when I noticed that a woman filing out of the premiere screening beside me had actually marked her rating card with an "excellent" grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
June 15, 2007
The story is set across a decade and would be easy to pick apart, but such activity would divert attention from the film’s chief asset, its general mood and atmosphere, which improves on multiple viewings.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 19, 2004
John Carpenter's return to horror fizzles.
| Original Score: 1/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
November 28, 2003
Not bad, but Superman deserved a better sendoff before his paralysis.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
November 5, 2003
Not even close to the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
Surprisingly fun horror. Nothing new, but the coma was creepy and the telepathic kids were scary.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
Carpenter botches another remake,
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 9, 2002
May not be an improvement on the original, but it's all Carpenter.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 20, 2002
It's terrifying to think a studio would make such nonsense. Possible retitling? 'the Death of Luke Skywalker'?
| Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
abysmal and an embarrassment for everyone concerned
| Original Score: 0/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
There's nothing more static than a stalled fright vehicle.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
A good-looking, well-wrought film with some knockout special effects, some dark humor and crisp portrayals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An enjoyable, if obviously-flawed, amalgamation of horror and science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Carpenter, whose batting average is dipping dangerously low, shows no grasp of character development, plot line or time passage.
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Carpenter can't cloak the hilarity of this hoary horror tale.
| Original Score: 1/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
This film is devoid of any real tension or thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Carpenter's updating of the classic 1960 chiller is mediocre at best, and at times plummets into unintentional humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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