The Messengers
The Messengers (2007)

A family moves into a run-down sunflower farm. As the farm begins to revive after years of disrepair, the family begins to notice uncomfortable and alarming changes in their father's behavior.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 5, 2007
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Messengers is an atmospheric but derivative rip-off of countless other horror movies.

Ty Burr
Dallas Morning News

The MessengersI/i> is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

The well-amplified scares are so perfunctory as to be laughable. 'What's up with the crows?' bitches Kristen Stewart, clearly not up on her Hitchcock or any Asian thriller of the past ten years.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Thai twin-brother directors Oxide and Danny Pang did primo horror work on 2002's Hong Kong cornea-transplant flick The Eye, but on their first American film their atmospheric efforts are usurped by a brain-dead script that seems written by a 12-year-old.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

The Asian-horror-movie moment feels long since passed, both here and abroad. Let our zombies walk or even sprint again! Give our creepy kids back their pupils!

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Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter

There are flashes of good imagery in The Messengers, but [they] work better in the trailer, unencumbered by the dreary plot.

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Christy Lemire
Arizona Republic

No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

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Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com

Patchwork filmmaking designed by a corporate mentality devoted only to the defense of the lowest common denominator. The viewer is assumed to be stupid and easily duped.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
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three stars
Lee ?
Chinese directors Oxide and Danny Pang have proven they can handle a good supernatural ghost movie with films like "The Eye" trilogy and "Bangkok… More
Nicki Marie
Not actually all that scary. I expected a dumb storyline, and that's what I got, but having said that, it was enjoyable enough to watch. Cast are all… More
Wildaly M
Kinda scary but oh-so-formulaic, it's not worth it.
Matt Goodman
Pathetic. This is a great comedy though, due to the fact that it is not at all scary.
Josh Lewis
Despite some good imagery and tense atmosphere, the movie ultimately unravels because its story shifts tone and doesn't end up making sense because of it.… More