The Signal (2014)



Critic Consensus: Director William Eubank clearly has big ideas and an impressive level of technical expertise; unfortunately, The Signal fritters them away on a poorly constructed story.

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Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare... (c) Focus
PG-13 (for some thematic elements, violence and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Beau Knapp
as Jonah
Lin Shaye
as Mirabelle
Patrick Davidson
as Boy Playing Claw Game
Jeffrey Grover
as Gas Station Clerk
Roy Kenny
as Hazmat 1
Timothy Holmes
as Hazmat 2
Ricardo Campos
as Hazmat 3
Drew Sykes
as Hazmat 4
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Critic Reviews for The Signal

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28)

You spend a lot of the movie confused, but the great big reveals of its finale don't feel very shocking at all.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

There's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Top Critic

Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There's bravura manipulativeness to The Signal, the stylish, slyly funny question mark of a movie from director and co-writer William Eubank.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Signal is too ambitious for its own good, but it is still a pleasure to watch.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Eubank's talent is not at all in doubt, and science-fiction mavens who embrace this picture will rightly be excited for whatever he turns to next.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Signal

However initially intriguing the mystery is, the only thing worse than a stupid movie that believes to be smart is a stupid movie that believes to be smart and insults its audience, and so it is just awfully confusing with a lot of stupid plot twists that don't make much sense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Very Cool !

Shawn Montague
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

Slow burning, yet ultimately satisfying sci-fi/ mystery.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

Super Reviewer

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