The Mothman Prophecies Reviews

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November 13, 2019
Unfortunately, the actual event caused more fright than the film.
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.
December 28, 2010
Psychological thriller may deeply upset some kids.
April 29, 2009
A sub-par, often lethargic take on a a creepy urban legend with absolutely nothing to offer its audience.
July 18, 2008
The last reel or so is an embarrassment -- or entertainment at long last, depending on how you look at it.
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.
January 11, 2008
The Mothman Prophecies is the kind of solemn, credulous junk that Men in Black so cleverly sent up.
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.
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.
September 30, 2005
A big disappointment.
April 9, 2003
You would probably be better off watching an episode of The X-Files instead . . .
December 29, 2002
Whether Pellington or Gere is to blame for keeping the obvious potential of this weak thriller down, someone should be held responsible. Even the Mothman doesn't have to predict how well this film will do at the box office.
November 7, 2002
Moody, suggestive horror piece has fascinating elements, but never quite takes off.
November 6, 2002
Despite hints that it aspires to be more, The Mothman Prophecies is a by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller.
October 30, 2002
Uneven, frustrating, disappointing film that criminally wastes the talents of Laura Linney.
July 29, 2002
...trying so hard not to be a schlock horror film neglects to become anything at all.
July 20, 2002
A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia. Why are these moviemakers persecuting us?
June 13, 2002
Despite some great jumps and tense moments, in the end it's a bit of a yawn.
March 10, 2002
Tries to hide the fact that it's not telling us anything by distracting us with stupid smoke-and-mirror tactics
March 5, 2002
Its few effective sequences (including an impressive ending set pieces) are outweighed by the picture's flaws.
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