Signs (2002)



Critic Consensus: With Signs, Shyamalan proves once again an expert at building suspense and giving audiences the chills.

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A thriller set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania focusing on the mysterious appearance of a five-hundred-foot design of circles and lines carved into the crops of the family farm. Graham Hess is the family patriarch who is tested in his journey to find the truth behind the unfolding mystery.
PG-13 (for some frightening moments)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Mel Gibson
as Graham Hess
Rory Culkin
as Morgan Hess
Cherry Jones
as Officer Caroline Paski
Patricia Kalember
as Colleen Hess
Ted Sutton
as Cunningham
Merritt Wever
as Tracey
Lanny Flaherty
as Mr. Nathan
Marion McCorry
as Mrs. Nathan
Kevin Pires
as Brazilian Birthday Boy
Clifford David
as Columbia University Professor
Rhonda Overby
as Sarah Hughes
Greg Wood
as TV Anchor
Ukee Washington
as Off-Screen TV Anchor
Adam Way
as Radio Eyewitness
Angela Eckert
as Soda Commercial Girl
Jose L. Rodriguez
as Radio Host
Paul Wilson
as Soda Commercial Singer
Gary Thomas Griffin
as Soda Commercial Singer
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Critic Reviews for Signs

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (43)

Individual sequences generate an eerie tension that's always deflated, creating a jarring stop-and-go rhythm, and the atmospheric trickery never strays beyond a lot of smoke and mirrors.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Shyamalan is technically a superb film-maker, for all that he's picked up most of his tricks from Spielberg and Hitchcock.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A refreshing summer movie.

Full Review… | August 12, 2002
Top Critic

Shyamalan wants to be the metaphysical poet of movies, but he's dangerously close to becoming its O. Henry.

August 11, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The same old same old: dull and recycled, with no surprises.

Full Review… | August 8, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie is almost completely lacking in suspense, surprise and consistent emotional conviction.

Full Review… | August 8, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Signs

While I perhaps did not understand all the apparent symbolism, I can certainly appreciate great suspense when I see it and this movie scared me. It is so toned down and slow, giving you only hints here and there, teasing you on the other end, that you just end up gripped with this film. Again, the philosophical part of the movie was completely lost on me (something about lost faith perhaps) but don't let that bog you down from watching this.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

An expertly put-together sci-fi thriller which is the last great M. Night Shyamalan movie put out in over a decade. Mel Gibson and Joaquin Pheonix are excellent as two brothers trying to run a family together, but once their crops come under attack and an alien invasion seems imminent, personal history erupts as a war of possibly apocalyptic heights comes to Earth. This is right on par with "The Sixth Sense" in terms of Shyamalan's work, and the ending is one of my favorites of all-time as he masterfully interweaves a powerful soundtrack with a ferociously action-packed conclusion. A massively under-appreciated and misunderstood movie that will hopefully be more respected as the years go on. Gibson gives one of the best performances of his career, as does Phoenix, and the strong acting and astoundingly good story-telling makes this a flawless motion picture.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

What can I say? This and "The Sixth Sense" seem to be M. Night (I'm gonna murder this guy's last name) Shamlayn's only good movies. This movie isn't your average alien invasion movie. It's a story with symbolism encrypted in the plot. Mel Gibson plays a former preacher who has lost on faith in God ever since his wife was killed a tragic accident. He has to raise his two children with the help of his brother played by Jaqouin Phoenix. The acting in this movie is solid. Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the guy knows how to act. Phoenix is very good in his role and the child actors were also really convincing. M. Night Shamdada even makes a cameo as the guy who accidentally killed Mel Gibson's wife. (That dick.) There is one scene in this movie that scared me to the point experiencing many sleepless nights. (I was like 7, don't judge.) If you haven't seen the movie, I won't explain a lot about that scene, but let's put it this way: Those poor Brazilian kids will never have a birthday party the same way again. Some parts of this movie seemed incredibly drawn out and forced and some scenes near the end felt really slow and the writers didn't know what they wanted to do. But that should be expected in an M. Night Shamaladamn movie. This movie also requires a sharp mind. Some parts of the movie that are minor and seem pointless eventually play out to be important to the plot, so be on the lookout for those. All in all, this was a very entertaining and enjoyable film. The story was subtle, but in a very good way. It was directed in a way that only M. Night Shamackadonaroopashire could pull off, despite him making a lot of really crappy movies lately.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

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