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The Signal Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
February 22, 2008
It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
March 6, 2008
tone shifts awkwardly to a Shaun of the Dead-meets-Fido-style satirical commentary on domestic life
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
February 19, 2008
This isn't the definitive post-apocalyptic gore-fest some might hope for, and is more memorable for its cast of talented Atlanta-based actors ... than the talent of the three filmmakers.
| Original Score: 6/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 26, 2007
Smart and self-aware but also disjointed and discordant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 22, 2008
It hardly matters that The Signal is deeply flawed. This one has cult favorite stamped all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2007
This low-budget horror film charts the fallout from a mysterious media transmission that cognitively rewires people into killers, and eventually turns out to be an imbalanced project that delivers increasingly diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
It's definitely an interesting premise and the three filmmakers almost pull it off, but the last ten minutes were a bit of a disappointment to me.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
February 29, 2008
You, too, may be feeling violently angry by the time the movie ends. Did the writers-directors sprinkle their reels with the script's airwave-riding rage-ohol? Nope: The Signal just sucks.
Brian Orndorf
February 21, 2008
The opening two reels of the picture are masterful. Then the rest of the film happens...this picture contains greatness, but only in the smallest amounts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
June 13, 2008
A bloody banquet of excessive, tasteless gore, but with an odd infusion of unsavory humor that never meshes with the horror. Think fatal car crash with a laugh track.
Cole Smithey
February 15, 2008
An early contender for the worst movie of 2008, this apocalyptic schlock-fest refuses to admit that it's just another zombie slasher pic.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Adam Fendelman
February 21, 2008
There is plenty of style but little substance in this sci-fi twist on torture porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
February 22, 2008
I don't want to come down too hard on "The Signal" because while I don't think that it ultimately works in the end, it is far more ambitious in both concept and execution than the majority of contemporary American horror efforts
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 21, 2008
... another low-budget effort from filmmakers who mistake cleverness for smarts.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 8, 2008
Esforçando-se ao máximo para alcançar o equilíbrio entre gore e paródia que transformou Uma Noite Alucinante em cult, esta bomba torna-se risível apenas pela incompetência generalizada com que foi realizada.
| Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Washington Post
February 21, 2008
In a movie about perception, misperception and the ramifications of misunderstanding, it's a bit ironic that the directors can't get out of one another's way.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 1, 2009
...suffers from an increasingly uneven sensibility that ultimately becomes oppressive...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2008
...a film-school genre exercise more than anything else; and being hyperbolically bloody in a very familiar way, it just isn't scary.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 22, 2008
This three-part horror movie directed by a trio of Atlanta filmmakers is set during the collapse of Terminus, a fictional city whose citizens are being driven to rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 22, 2008
You will definitely appreciate this film's ambition, if not its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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