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The Village Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 22, 2006
Dangerously dour.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 8, 2004
For those who just want a good scare, rest assured the best (and worst) of it comes across as Wait Until Dark meets The Blair Witch Project.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 7, 2004
Shyamalan, far from being a master of suspense, hasn't yet figured out that the shadowy things you glimpse out of the corner of your eye are always scarier than those you're allowed to gaze upon directly.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 5, 2004
Another mediocre lunacy from the overrated M. Night Shyamalan.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 3, 2004
So meaningless and distanced in its details that it hardly stands a chance of wooing even the most willing fellow traveler.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 2, 2004
The Village doesn't pack quite the punch of The Sixth Sense, but it's equal to Shyamalan's last two films.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 30, 2004
It's the lack of a genuine wizard behind the curtain that robs The Village of much of its suspense, but the movie has merits that go beyond goosebumps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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July 30, 2004
Dumb's the word.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2004
This is bad, amateur work given a superficial veneer of professionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 30, 2004
For those who like the director's body of work, appreciate The Twilight Zone, and have a high suspension of disbelief threshold, The Village is likely to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2004
Far more interesting as a trip than a destination.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 30, 2004
High on foreboding atmospherics and low on goosebumps.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 30, 2004
There is no doubt that Shyamalan is a gifted director who knows how to push audience buttons, but heavy-handed horror shows like this one make the man behind the camera seems less an artist than a huckster.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2004
It's tedious instead of provocative and so unconvincing as to be preposterous.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 30, 2004
Shyamalan's best film since The Sixth Sense.
| Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2004
Shyamalan's most mature and least showy film to date.
| Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 30, 2004
A Grimm brothers fairy tale taken to the Outer Limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 30, 2004
Might have made a good 20-minute short or Twilight Zone episode.
| Original Score: C
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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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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 30, 2004
All this craftsmanship and a very fine performance by Howard, however, is in the service of a story that unlike Shyamalan's previous films contains no underlying themes or ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 30, 2004
A frustrating, self-indulgent exercise in Twilight Zone trickery that leaves the audience holding the bag, wondering what happened to the picture they paid money to see.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 30, 2004
Not only is The Village not credible, its shallowness makes it dislikable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
The Village proves two things: [Shyamalan] is a master of the old-school film craft that emphasizes atmosphere and character over action; and he is riding a one-trick pony and that poor pony is nearly dead.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 29, 2004
A bewildering disappointment.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 29, 2004
A film of great elegance and skill that's often delicious to watch, but its surprises don't surprise; in fact, they fall a little flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 29, 2004
In his latest foray into the realm of the supernatural, M. Night Shyamalan turns an artful gothic tale into a homework assignment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 29, 2004
The film has a strong, sometimes jolting musical score. But the song that will go through many viewers' minds is never sung in the movie. It's that old Peggy Lee standard, Is That All There Is?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 29, 2004
The Village often wavers, but it never completely fades away.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2004
Shyamalan deftly turns a familiar fairy tale into an eerie scary tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2004
Shyamalan, as usual functioning as writer, director and producer, plays on our expectations like a virtuoso while subverting them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 29, 2004
Shyamalan's least satisfying post-Sixth Sense effort.
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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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 29, 2004
Comes close to matching the intensity and surprise of Shyamalan's biggest hit, The Sixth Sense.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 29, 2004
The Village pours on creepy atmosphere, but this dud is too intent on delivering its liberal 'message' to actually deliver the kinds of scares it promises in the terrific trailer.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 29, 2004
The Village is Shyamalan's weakest story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2004
A sometimes engrossing shocker with a surprise ending that isn't especially shocking or surprising.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 29, 2004
The Village pales next to the crackerjack ghost story of The Sixth Sense but excels far beyond the psychobabbling in Unbreakable.
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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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 28, 2004
Literate and visually expressive.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2004
In crafting a film about the ways fear can manipulate -- are there really creatures of mass destruction in the woods? -- Shyamalan gives the film a metaphorical weight that goes deeper than goose bumps.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Harris
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2004
What really lurks within those woods is (fear not: no spoilers here) a very mixed bag.
Full Review | Original Score: B-