The Sixth Sense
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In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled. Cole doesn't understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he's constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So transparent is Osment as an actor, and so rare, that the pain on his face stabs you in the heart."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A delicate, emotionally attentive, but very scary ghost story."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Dr Crowe gradually comes to believe that little Cole can indeed commune with the unquiet souls, who are reaching out to him for help. And, yes, the scenes where Cole does so can be very creepy indeed."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"If ultimately there is less to Sense than meets the eye, director-writer M. Night Shyamalan (Wide Awake) at least avoids gory cheap thrills in favor of muted chills. He bears watching."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Osment is excellent, as is Bruce Willis, as a melancholy child psychologist scarred by his failure with a similarly haunted youth, and Toni Collette, as the boy's fiercely loyal mother."
‑ Kevin Jeys, Sacramento News & Review
"Osment's pinched, old-young face suggests an ancient's insight without an ancient's defenses -- a sensitivity so exquisitely morbid that you worry more for his emotional than physical well-being."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"I was not only surprised by the film's final twist, I wasn't even looking for one. I just thought I was watching a bad movie. The end doesn't quite redeem it, but it makes you think about what you've seen. That's a saving grace of some sort."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"M Night Shyamalan has fashioned a modern classic here, a chilly, intelligent, emotional ghost story that relies not on the obligatory gore and knifeplay for its many shocks but on glimpses of an afterlife that's anything but angels and harps."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Like Kieslowski and others, Shyamalan knows that what makes for lousy metaphysics can make for powerful metaphor, and in the end he creates a deeply, surprisingly affecting film out of a little bit of smoke and brimstone."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Constantly on the brink of explanation, The Sixth Sense in fact derives most of its fascination from explaining next to nothing."
‑ Philip Strick, Sight and Sound
"Willis turns in a measured and understated performance."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Shyamalan's script is a clever construct, but also contains a great deal of sensitivity to the plight of the "different" child."
‑ John Anderson, Los Angeles Times
"Another "could-have-been" film, another almost successful compromise, another intelligent flick done in by its misplaced and worn-out star."
‑ Dayana Stetco, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Like The Exorcist, this isn't really a gore-spattered shocker, more a slow-burning, subconscious-botherer."
‑ , Total Film
"Great, but sometimes scarier than R-rated horror."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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