The Omen Reviews

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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.
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.
June 7, 2006
I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 6, 2006
[An] unnecessary but not-as-awful-as-you-might-think remake.
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.
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.
June 6, 2006
It's a terrible sign for a movie when the sole reason for its existence is a satanic opening date.
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.
June 6, 2006
John Moore's remake -- while arguably better than its source -- can't help but feel a bit stale. Still, it treats the hokum with enough seriousness to create a few chills between the giggles.
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?
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