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The Happening Reviews

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April 16, 2020
Shyamalan had no idea how to stitch the frayed fabric of a story that escapes from him from the very first minute. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 6, 2019
It's distant, aloof and painfully self-aggrandizing, clearly overconfident in its ability to scare the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 12, 2018
You know pretty early on what's likely causing "the happening," and yes, there's a message here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2018
Ultimately it doesn't work -- scenes intended to be played straight become unintentionally funny due to Wahlberg's star turn being so gormless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 20, 2018
One of the most interesting movies of the year, despite being one of the worst. It offers a study in what happens to the mind of a talented moviemaker when he is caught between commercial hysteria and his own engulfing ego.
December 15, 2017
You just feel you've been conned by a cheap trick, and an old one at that.
January 30, 2017
For reasons still unknown, Shyamalan wrote the dialogue this stiffly, and instructed his performers to act like they'd never said words or interacted with each other before.
April 17, 2015
The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2012
Wahlberg is atrocious, as wooden as the trees terrorising him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 16, 2011
At first, a great deal happens, then nothing much happens for quite some time, then something so underwhelming happens that one is left wondering, 'Did that really just happen?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 19, 2010
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2009
Shot in the inimitable Shyamalan lugubriousness
July 15, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
February 1, 2009
Seeing The Happening is like going on an outing with an earnest person, who happens to be a drunk. Every time it starts to make sense, it slurs its speech and starts dropping things -- such as coherence and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 14, 2008
More than anything, what bothers me about it is a sense of cheapness that ... centrally comes from a concept mainly built for shock value.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
November 6, 2008
Undoubtedly M. Night Shyamalan's weakest thriller to date...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2008
While not as laughable as the narcissistic Lady in the Water ,it fails just as miserably as narrative and even more miserably with its flat characters and tone deaf dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 22, 2008
[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined.
August 27, 2008
It's a great idea. A silent, unknown killing machine knocking people off while a science teacher tries to figure out why. But it just didn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
August 8, 2008
Shyamalan's latest is an improvement, but a full-fledged comeback ain't happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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