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The Village Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 2004
The Village is a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 30, 2004
While The Village might not blow the door off its hinges in terms of frightening you, it does something more significant: It leaves the door ajar, beckoning us to enter a different realm.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 28, 2004
For my money, this undeniably talented writer-director has been repeating himself with steadily decreasing potency ever since the wonderful The Sixth Sense, and his latest excursion does nothing to buck the trend.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 30, 2004
A maddeningly miscalculated hack job.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
July 29, 2004
...this gothic thriller is regrettably about as terrifying as an episode of PBS's Frontier House.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
July 30, 2004
When you find yourself bored and wishing a movie would speed up and get to the TWIST ENDING already...well, that's not a particularly good movie, now is it?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
It's hard to care about situations that have been designed only to obscure the ultimate twist.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Picturesque, slightly haunting but silly in a frustrating way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
July 30, 2004
Shyamalan has followed his own template, but neglected to fill in the most important parts. The movie is a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
July 30, 2004
Spoiler Right Here: Ben Stiller is in the woods.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 29, 2004
As a failure, The Village is certainly interesting, but a failure it stubbornly remains.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 2, 2004
If you're willing to follow Shyamalan wherever he goes in his inquiry into how the US got so terrorism-fixated, he leads you into provocative, if uneven, territory.
David Medsker
July 5, 2005
I'm not sure exactly why I'm protecting the Shocking Twist, because it certainly doesn't deserve to be protected.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Tyler
July 29, 2004
Cancel your Newsweek covers, Shyamalan just flopped off the road to becoming the next Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 29, 2004
Though it's not as contrived as 2000's Unbreakable, The Village disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2004
[Shyamalan] looks only to sideswipe the audience with twists, even if they don't hold up to close scrutiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 16, 2004
...doesn't even begin to ignite the protrusive passion that trademark Shyamalan films are known for...a solitary thrill-maker in search of an imaginative spark
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
August 4, 2004
If ever there was a movie designed to convince the audience into thinking it's wasting its time, The Village is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
July 29, 2004
An enraging bit of nonsense that is made all the worse by Shyamalan's apparent delusion that he has created something extraordinary.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
The would-be surprise only makes you rethink the reason you went to see the movie in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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