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The Mothman Prophecies Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 7, 2014
Faced with such an unlikely mishmash of unexplainable events, you've given up believing anything by the time the popcorn's gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Psychological thriller may deeply upset some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
The stylish bleakness keeps you off-balance with unreliable narration and an unforgettable conclusion. The more it accelerates rant-and-rave paranoia, the greater it gets - a campfire-ready chiller whose subconscious embers glow long after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A sub-par, often lethargic take on a a creepy urban legend with absolutely nothing to offer its audience.
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David Ansen
September 29, 2008
Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Messy but eerie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
The last reel or so is an embarrassment -- or entertainment at long last, depending on how you look at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.
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Robert Koehler
January 11, 2008
Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 11, 2008
The Mothman Prophecies is the kind of solemn, credulous junk that Men in Black so cleverly sent up.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Gere does a great deal in solo scenes with no dialogue, suggesting that he might not be as alone in the dark as he seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
December 25, 2006
In promoting its cliche-ridden sci-fi-horror, Sony is using the tage "based on true story," as if the "factulaity" of the text is a badge of honor, or necessary condition for taking the schlocky flick more seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There are certainly strong moments and efficient set pieces here, too, but for all the claims that the film, adapted from a 1975 book by John Keel, is based on real events, Pellington fails to sustain credibility.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
A big disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
Few recent movies have such portentous and eerie nocturnal scenes ...Don't let this one fly away-it's a real wing-dinger.
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
It's bone-chillingly, back-crawlingly, heart-stoppingly scary!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Criando um clima de suspense e tensão eficaz, Pellington narra uma história intrigante e bem resolvida.
| Original Score: 4/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 30, 2003
The story is eerie and gets under the skin, but director Mark Pellington is unable to recreate the suspense found in the best supernatural thrillers.
| Original Score: B-
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 22, 2003
Destined to enjoy a late night video audience for many years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 9, 2003
You would probably be better off watching an episode of The X-Files instead . . .
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