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The Happening Reviews

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June 13, 2008
Shyamalan crafts a somewhat chilling cautionary tale; it just might have been more chilling if he had been a little less cautious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2008
The Happening features an effectively stylized physical environment: rarely have clouds drifting overhead and wind blowing through trees and a sunny day been filmed so ominously.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 13, 2008
An impressive thriller which acknowledges the mystery that lies behind the marvels and the terrors of the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2008
A tantalising, sometimes frustrating parable about the menaces that human beings might face from unexpected quarters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 12, 2008
Minor Shyamalan, but still well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 12, 2008
In many ways, this ecological horror epic is one of the single nastiest and downright terrifying pieces of popular entertainment I've seen in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most talented film-makers working today. But he seems to be running out of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 12, 2008
The Happening is a divertingly goofy thriller with an animistic bent, moments of shivery and twitchy suspense and a solid lead performance from Mark Wahlberg.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2008
The suicides are mostly very originally staged and creepy as hell...Mark Wahlberg is OK, but a scene where he 'forgives' his wife's indiscretion is just plain weird, as is Zooey Deschanel throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 12, 2008
Portraying moments of drama and danger with a Hitchcockian lack of ceremony, Shyamalan's mundane depictions of tragedy create a quiet but weighty resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 11, 2008
Effective nonsense, chilling nonsense, occasionally wrenching nonsense.
June 11, 2008
Shhht. Don't say it out loud, but we actually kinda liked M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie . . .
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
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