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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly serious. But, you know what, I appreciated this creatively offbeat, daring sci-fi mind-trip."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Wahlberg is atrocious, as wooden as the trees terrorising him."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Shyamalan sve lo%u0161ije reagira na gubitak statusa holivudskog bo%u017Eanstva"
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Undoubtedly M. Night Shyamalan's weakest thriller to date..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The Happening is an awful letdown, yet it leaves you with something new, as a gently waving tree -- that classical image of pastoral tranquillity -- mutates into a harbinger of doom."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"All that's missing is the head alien of Plan 9 From Outer Space dropping by to lecture the populace for disrespecting nature: 'Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!'"
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"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."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on voltage."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Feeble gust of an environmental horror story."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Shot in the inimitable Shyamalan lugubriousness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"More than anything, what bothers me about it is a sense of cheapness that ... centrally comes from a concept mainly built for shock value."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"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."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
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