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The Signal Reviews

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May 14, 2019
The Signal is engaging, but ultimately resorts to cliché and a rug-pulling ending that will delight or infuriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2016
The Signal is clever in its execution of recycled concepts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 29, 2015
Up-and-coming British actress Olivia Cooke and Aussie heart-throb Brenton Thwaites look more confused than the audience in this sci-fi drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2015
Part horror, part sci-fi but totally engrossing, William Eubank's The Signal is a small scale production that thrives on some very big ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2015
Adequately creepy, flashy, and/or exciting when the story calls for it, but considerably more interesting for its quieter, craftier moments.
March 29, 2015
It's a movie of ideas rather than spectacle (Philip K Dick's dreamy electric sheep are inevitably invoked) with some well realised visual effects (a la Ex Machina) giving it genre legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2015
While following familiar sci-fi codes, what makes The Signal unique is the way it's transmitted. Because just when you think you've found its wavelength, it switches to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2015
Although this ingenious sci-fi horror hybrid never quite delivers a story as dazzling as its visuals, its ambitions set it apart in an age of carbon-copy superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2015
Sadly, this flubs the landing with a banal and credulity-stretching finale that feels like a bad Twilight Zone episode, but the first hour or so is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2015
William Eubank continues to work his particular mind-stretching mix of acute character interplay and cosmic conceptual breakthrough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2015
Though it begins as an impressionistic road movie, segues into paranoid sci-fi, then morphs into something completely unhinged, The Signal has been made with much great care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2015
The Signal might seem like just another entry for the ongoing pile of lo-fi, stargazing fare, but a few unexpected virtues help it resonate more than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2014
Much more elaborate than the typical example of 'Sundance science fiction'...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2014
It is as if someone had decided to turn high-concept SF into a lyrical indie poem, where ideas and feelings trump noisy genre gestures - which makes the film stand out, quietly, from the crowd, even as it confronts the bounds of infinity.
June 26, 2014
Eubank makes up for occasional cinematic stasis with a convincingly mysterious viewing experience that successfully sustains interest all the way to the final frame.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 25, 2014
Slyly stylish sci-fi - and strangely surreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 20, 2014
THE SIGNAL is the second feature by former cameraman William Eubank, and it looks terrific. He clearly understands the concept of visual space and clarity, rather than the cluttered jumble of so many other sci-fi movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2014
Captivating and engrossing...(but it) becomes too derivative by the end as well as a head-scratcher for viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 13, 2014
I found this film to be sufficiently intriguing... it poses enough of a mystique that you feel compelled to anticipate the outcome.
June 13, 2014
There's something welcome about a motion picture that doesn't hand out a dumbed-down resolution in a neatly wrapped package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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