The Mothman Prophecies
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Based on a book by paranormal investigator John Keel, this spooky, X-Files-type supernatural thriller is purportedly based loosely on true events that occurred in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV, in 1966-1967. Richard Gere stars as journalist John Klein, an up-and-coming reporter devastated by the death of his beloved wife Mary (Debra Messing) following a car accident. Mary saw a mysterious vision immediately before the crash, a haunting image of a moth-like creature. Two years later, Klein is driving to an interview with the governor of Virginia when he suddenly finds himself hundreds of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"There are certainly strong moments and efficient set pieces here, too, but for all the claims that the film, adapted from a 1975 book by John Keel, is based on real events, Pellington fails to sustain credibility."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Faced with such an unlikely mishmash of unexplainable events, you've given up believing anything by the time the popcorn's gone."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Messy but eerie."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Gere does a great deal in solo scenes with no dialogue, suggesting that he might not be as alone in the dark as he seems."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"This is the scariest movie I've ever seen."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Despite hints that it aspires to be more, The Mothman Prophecies is a by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Psychological thriller may deeply upset some kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The last reel or so is an embarrassment -- or entertainment at long last, depending on how you look at it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"In promoting its cliche-ridden sci-fi-horror, Sony is using the tage "based on true story," as if the "factulaity" of the text is a badge of honor, or necessary condition for taking the schlocky flick more seriously."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia. Why are these moviemakers persecuting us?"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The stylish bleakness keeps you off-balance with unreliable narration and an unforgettable conclusion. The more it accelerates rant-and-rave paranoia, the greater it gets - a campfire-ready chiller whose subconscious embers glow long after it's over."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The Mothman Prophecies is the kind of solemn, credulous junk that Men in Black so cleverly sent up."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A big disappointment."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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