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The Messengers Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 2, 2007
There isn't much of a script to work with, and for the occasional pull-out-the-stops moment, it never really builds towards its finish.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2007
The objective view gives the audience too much room to unravel its schematic plot, which is far less inspired than its creepy visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
February 2, 2007
The Messengers borrows so heavily from The Amityville Horror, The Birds, The Grudge, Poltergeist, and others that it has no room left for anything of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 3, 2007
Families who see this film should talk about the importance of trust between parents and children.
| Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
February 2, 2007
A stunningly inert, painfully derivative, shamelessly cheap and aggressively dull ghost story that delivers nothing you haven't seen before. About 43 times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 26, 2008
The only message worth relaying about The Messengers is: Avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2007
Apart from being completely derivative and lacking even one original idea, it's not a bad movie. 'Unnecessary' is more the word I would use.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
February 4, 2007
Scary awful. It's a new genre I just made up.
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Brian Holcomb
May 5, 2008
Patchwork filmmaking designed by a corporate mentality devoted only to the defense of the lowest common denominator. The viewer is assumed to be stupid and easily duped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
February 2, 2007
For every one moment of genuinely built suspense, the Pang Brothers chase it with at least three follow-up scenes of either out-loud stupidity or baffling tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2007
...this movie exists in a universe where movies like this don't exist...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
April 21, 2007
Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 4, 2008
A film so filled with clichés of the genre and plot points so dumb that even a novice would end up laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 2, 2007
It isn't until the end that things spin out of control. No one says 'Gimme the bat, Wendy' or 'Here's Johnny!' But they come close.
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Christy Lemire
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2007
No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 15, 2007
Forgoes any more innovations, lazily borrowing from other people's horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 3, 2007
However, in their (The Pangs) first serving of an American-made boofest served with all the fixings of a horror-induced bunt cake the taste still remains strikingly superficial
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
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
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2007
The Pangs might know how to knee-jerk shock an audience ad nauseam, but the remainder of The Messengers suffers from shamelessly thudding banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
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
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