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Unbreakable Reviews

April 27, 2007
With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.
February 9, 2006
Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.
January 22, 2002
Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
June 4, 2001
Thrill-kill plots, cardboard characters and zap-pow editing are not for Shyamalan, who takes his good, thoughtful time to snare audiences in his dark web.
January 1, 2000
An engaging and intriguing yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Whatever your final verdict, you could do worse than enjoy one of the most fertile minds in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable seems to have encouraged all its actors to emulate Willis' lugubrious pacing, meaning that usually vibrant actors such as Wright Penn and Jackson are not shown to their best advantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Long before these came up on screen, however, Unbreakable had defined itself as a big disappointment.
January 1, 2000
During a conversation between an astonished doctor and a miraculously unscathed Dunne ... it's a measure of Shyamalan's restraint and his uncanny knack for storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
January 1, 2000
Having hooked us, it leaves us looking for complexity where there is none.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
As slack and languid as The Sixth Sense was tense and deliberate.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
When it comes to explanations, Unbreakable flirts with mumbo jumbo.
January 1, 2000
Far-fetched and utterly humorless.
January 1, 2000
By the time the film is over you may feel as if the 12 year old inside of you has been utterly wowed and that the adult is still going, 'Hmmmm...'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture.
January 1, 2000
Shyamalan made the unfortunate but predictable choice of trying to bottle The Sixth Sense's lightning and reuse it.
January 1, 2000
All I will say about it is that its overwhelming horror hit me more powerfully than a locomotive, and that, after I knew what it was, I couldn't believe I had overlooked it. Days later, I still find myself obsessed with that twist.
January 1, 2000
Shyamalan is a brilliant filmmaker with a distinctive style, but he still needs substance.
January 1, 2000
The surprise ending here is as bad as Sixth Sense's was good.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable may not be beautiful, but it sure has character.
January 1, 2000
There's no question Unbreakable, for all its flaws, is a movie that stays with you.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today.
January 1, 2000
What Unbreakable shows is Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Even when the plot comes perilously close to the ludicrous, it holds our attention, keeps us guessing and wondering.
January 1, 2000
Mind-bogglingly sophomoric.
January 1, 2000
Ponderous, pretentious and self-indulgent, it nonetheless puts Mr. Shyamalan's technical prowess on display. Still, you'll wonder if the pay-off was worth the journey.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable is at once flagrantly absurd and stubbornly mournful.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable is a film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
January 1, 2000
As absorbing as much of it is, Unbreakable winds up as a mild disappointment.
January 1, 2000
Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A muddled, self-serious snoozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The presence of pop culture refs via comics makes quite notable the absence of any humor or sense of fun, just as it makes its pretentions to deep meaning and self-importance all the more specious.
January 1, 2000
Unbreakable is a compelling yarn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An intriguing story executed with visual panache and fine acting performances.