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The Happening Reviews

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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
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]
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
April 17, 2015
The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 12, 2008
It's a shame that the movie is such a tonal failure, because it does many other things right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 20, 2008
It's hard to believe that at one time Shyamalan was being touted as the next Steven Spielberg by Newsweek magazine, but if things keep going the way they are now, Uwe Boll might end up being a better comparison. And boy is that depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 13, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan's worst film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 13, 2008
The plot is absurdly preachy and illogical, and the dialogue uneven, with stinging lines followed by stinkers.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2012
Wahlberg is atrocious, as wooden as the trees terrorising him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 10, 2008
Shyamalan's religious ideas are a lot like Bush's: Nearly theology free.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 13, 2008
We don't care. It doesn't matter if they live or die, if there's a happy ending, or some kind of twist. The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or -- best of all -- not to bother with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 13, 2008
If this was the movie to rescue the reputation of self-styled genius Shyamalan after the disaster of Lady in the Water, then it's back to the old drawing board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 12, 2008
After the insufferably dense mermaid mythology of Lady in the Water, Shyamalan clearly wanted to keep things simple. He whizzed straight past simple to simplistic.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 13, 2008
Woeful clunker of a paranoid thriller.
August 26, 2009
Shot in the inimitable Shyamalan lugubriousness
December 19, 2010
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2008
Where the hell is Act III?
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.
June 11, 2008
The movie seems more like a '50s science fiction film of extreme paranoia or an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that even at a swiftly paced 90 minutes feels padded.
June 12, 2008
The Happening quickly deteriorates into the worst movie of M. Night Shyamalan's career... and that's saying something.
| Original Score: 4/10
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