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The Messengers Reviews

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February 22, 2007
Relies way too much on cheap, nerve-jangling sound effects and musical stings to juice up the film's tepid, PG-13 proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 19, 2007
the Pang brothers know how to set a mood and you can tell they can handle the camera from the way they set up the opening, so it's too bad they had to work without a script
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 17, 2007
Feels like a movie you've already seen before but don't quite recall clearly. Given its pedigree (Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are among the producers) an audience might hope for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2007
Forgoes any more innovations, lazily borrowing from other people's horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2007
...this movie exists in a universe where movies like this don't exist...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2007
While [the Pangs] display some of the visual style that has distinguished their Asian films, nothing could compensate for the derivative, ill-plotted script.
February 11, 2007
maybe there's something positive about a horror film that doesn't go for the jugular, one a younger kid could see with a parent or older sibling. If only it weren't this bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 10, 2007
...just what is that Asian girl ghost doing in a Nebraska barn?
Full Review | Original Score: D-
February 10, 2007
Just another craptacular exercise in weak PG-13 horror involving resourceful-but-stupid teens, idiotic adults and ghostly apparitions with short pants, pale skin and stringy hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 10, 2007
The well-amplified scares are so perfunctory as to be laughable. 'What's up with the crows?' bitches Kristen Stewart, clearly not up on her Hitchcock or any Asian thriller of the past ten years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
February 7, 2007
The Asian-horror-movie moment feels long since passed, both here and abroad. Let our zombies walk or even sprint again! Give our creepy kids back their pupils!
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 7, 2007
Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.
February 7, 2007
There might be less extravagant means of communicating than throwing an entire banister at someone or unceremoniously dragging them by their feet into the cellar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 7, 2007
The worst part of this film is its advertising; don't let the studio's lack of faith in their own ghost story ruin a clever little thriller for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
February 6, 2007
The real message to be learned from The Messengers is that audiences need something new to scare them, not the same old ghosts.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 5, 2007
[The film is] hampered by hauntingly lame performances by McDermott and Miller, who phone in their parts, and a screenplay that has the sophistication and complexity of a college dorm message board.
February 5, 2007
Nicely photographed but slow-moving, dull and utterly predictable.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 5, 2007
Why do movies like this always have such unsatisfactory endings? Who pays to watch this stuff, anyway? You? Hope not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2007
If the ghosts were magnets and the Solomons were paperclips, the two parties couldn't be in a bigger rush to collide.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 5, 2007
The plethora of horror movie cliches -- even those still residually effective -- weigh so heavily in The Messengers that whatever moments of terror that might have been had are left positively weightless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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