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The Omen Reviews

June 24, 2006
A disastrously miscast remake of the 1976 horror classic, which retains the apocalyptic themes of David Seltzer's original script but renders them dull and fright-free.
June 12, 2006
This new version is an almost scene-for-scene remake, which is good news in the first half and bad news in the torpid second.
June 12, 2006
Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 8, 2006
This is one of those movies that profits from very low expectations. If you go in expecting something dreadful, be assured: It's only near dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 7, 2006
I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 7, 2006
John Moore's remake of The Omen rivals Gus Van Sant's Psycho both for its fidelity to the source material and for its utter pointlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 6, 2006
I don't approve of remakes, but The Omen redux is riveting, imaginative and ultimately bone-chillingly satisfying.
June 6, 2006
If the movie didn't take itself so seriously, it could have been a great popcorn muncher. As is, it'll still work fine for those willing to forgive its trespasses.
June 6, 2006
Hell'z still a-poppin.'
June 6, 2006
Other than the obvious marketing advantages of releasing this movie on 06/06/06, a second Omen seems completely unnecessary, even if it is kind of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
It's not pulse-pounding. Not very often, anyway. But it is ominous and smart and more cerebral than your average horror film in these Hostel days.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 6, 2006
There seems little rationale for Omen '06 except to resuscitate a brand name that carried enough pop-culture clout in Watergate's aftermath to inspire a host of gnarly sequels.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
The devil takes care of business in exactly the same way, as if he's reading from the book of Re-Revelation. But director John Moore has added some creepy visuals and assembled an unusually strong cast for a horror flick.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2006
[An] unnecessary but not-as-awful-as-you-might-think remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
Future generations can only hope something so nice happens when they get their Omen revival. For now, there's Damien Part Deux. Enjoy him, kids. Chances are, he'll be around for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 6, 2006
In their religious fidelity to the original, director John Moore and writer David Seltzer don't attempt to paper over anachronisms from Seltzer's 1976 script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
It's a terrible sign for a movie when the sole reason for its existence is a satanic opening date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 6, 2006
When all else fails, pump up the thunder and lightning. That seems to be an operating principle behind the supremely unnecessary remake of the 1976 horror fest.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 6, 2006
Yes, it may be 6/6/06, but was there a reason beyond that to remake the 30-year-old horror classic?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
If the opening-date driven re-make of The Omen succeeds in tapping into any fears of the existence of evil in the world, these will be most acutely felt when you realize that Satan, the old showbiz devil, has picked your pocket once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 6, 2006
[Thirty] years ago, you didn't hear a lot of mainstream references to the Antichrist, but now it's a routine epithet. It's the curse of the original, which became a huge part of the pop-culture lexicon. Not accounting for that is a fatal error.
June 6, 2006
Schreiber seems to wander through the film like Hamlet's ghost, waiting for his soliloquy to come, and it never does. He's kind of a cold fish, and Stiles isn't much better.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
It's hard to imagine college age movie goers being attracted by such a passť premise. And fans of the original will end up doing shot-by-shot comparisons. On every level, The Omen isn't just bad filmmaking, it's bad storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 6, 2006
The Omen remake is creepily efficient.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2006
While it's not exactly a horror, it's still a long way from a great horror film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
I say rent the original. It tells exactly the same story, with a better cast and with special effects that are as good or better.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 6, 2006
Moore delivers several powerful jolts, stocking the film with potent jump-scares, pacing its two-hour length tightly and bottling the tension that escalates with each new act of satanic cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2006
The Omen retains the aura of ceremonious kitsch of the first movie, favoring a well-lighted, upscale Goth aesthetic punctuated with flashes of well-timed, cymbal-crashing shockers and giggly camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2006
A slavishly literal remake of the satanic-horror standby that elicits laughter, sleep and occasional eye-popped shock but drums up scant real terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 6, 2006
Compared to Al Gore's new global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, The Omen makes the Apocalypse look comforting and child-friendly.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 6, 2006
The update is serviceable but fairly bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2006
It's still an involving story. And the film's well-acted, particularly by Ms. Farrow and Mr. Postlethwaite. Plus, there are two really good scares that'll make you jump out of your seat. That alone was entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 6, 2006
It's so similar to the original that we already know what's coming. And because it adheres so closely, it only serves as a reminder of the superiority of Richard Donner's original.
June 6, 2006
Aside from a couple of brief, jolting dream sequences, The Omen plods along.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 6, 2006
The last Damien is young actor Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. He lowers his head, hardens his face and glares. Big woo. The movie's dogs do a better job of looking sinister.
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 6, 2006
Who knew Armageddon could be this dull?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 6, 2006
The Omen is a faithful remake of the 1976 film, and that's a relief; it depends on characters and situations and doesn't go berserk with visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2006
Yet another remake no one needs is The Omen, based on an empty 1976 horror vessel.
June 5, 2006
Yet another remake displaying little reason for being...
June 5, 2006
It's like hearing a great cover version of a classic rock song. They do such a great job. The art direction is gorgeous in this in its own haunting way.
June 5, 2006
[Director Moore] adheres closely to Seltzer and director Richard DonnerRichard Donner's template, from the prevailing sense of dread to the atmosphere of general gloom, interrupted by well spaced and effective bursts of gore.