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A child that will steer humankind down the road to hellfire has been born, and as his evil flourishes in a world full of hate, the ominous Biblical prophecies slowly begin falling into place in director John Moore's remake of Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic. Robert (Liev Schreiber) and Katherine Thorn (Julia Stiles) were as loving parents as any young boy could ask for, but as fate would have it, their new son Damien is far from the typical child. Now, as the mysterious boy's growth begins to share frightening parallels with the Biblical passages detailing the rise of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disastrously miscast remake of the 1976 horror classic, which retains the apocalyptic themes of David Seltzer's original script but renders them dull and fright-free."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This is one of those movies that profits from very low expectations. If you go in expecting something dreadful, be assured: It's only near dreadful."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Clunky retooling"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... it's as if someone took a corpse, embalmed it to preserve the external appearance, slapped on a layer of fresh makeup, and then stuffed it full of animatronics to make it move and speak."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"John Moore's The Omen is not as frightening as Richard Donner's 1976 version--Moore resorts to scare tactics rather than impending horror."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"This new version is an almost scene-for-scene remake, which is good news in the first half and bad news in the torpid second."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"I felt like I was seeing The Da Vinci Code with slightly shadier priests."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Certainly, it's not the worst remake of all time, but it really is one of the more ridiculous, unnecessary, and gimmicky of them."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you thought Van Sant's "Psycho" reshoot was weird, check this out. It's a community theater version of that old classic "The Omen", filled with all your favorite scenes."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"...the second half of the film, devoid of the cheap thrills and subliminal images that fill the first half, moves along smoothly..."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"I don't approve of remakes, but The Omen redux is riveting, imaginative and ultimately bone-chillingly satisfying."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"While not a shot-for-shot copy of Richard Donner's far superior 1976 original "Omen," David Seltzer --the screenwriter of both films%u2014barely updates his original script for this gratuitous remake."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"will no doubt divide viewers into those who agree that it is high time that the original received so slick a makeover, and those who wonder whether there is much real point to a retooling of such devilish fidelity to its source."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Confirm[s] its pointlessness at every available turn."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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