The Village
The Village (2004)

Another supernatural thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, The Village re-teams the director with Joaquin Phoenix, the co-star of 2002's Signs. Set in a small Pennsylvania town near the end of the 19th century, the film concerns… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 11, 2005
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43%
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57%



Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Dangerously dour.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Another mediocre lunacy from the overrated M. Night Shyamalan.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

For those who just want a good scare, rest assured the best (and worst) of it comes across as Wait Until Dark meets The Blair Witch Project.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

So meaningless and distanced in its details that it hardly stands a chance of wooing even the most willing fellow traveler.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Gripping, creepy, and very well acted with a great breakout performance from Bryce Dallas Howard...

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

Shyamalan, far from being a master of suspense, hasn't yet figured out that the shadowy things you glimpse out of the corner of your eye are always scarier than those you're allowed to gaze upon directly.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The Village doesn't pack quite the punch of The Sixth Sense, but it's equal to Shyamalan's last two films.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

M. Night Shyamalan keeps the story vague enough to work up to his plot twist, and while I won't reveal it here, I will say that I don't think the payoff is worth it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally… More
Liam Gadd
I found M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 thriller excellent for the first two-thirds of it. The characters are interesting, the acting all-round is superb,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell. Those more open-minded, however, will find an… More
Kyle Fowler
It might be goofy, but it's so enjoyable to watch! Scares are in short supply, but to make up for it there are a few hilarious parts that aren't… More
Alex roy
M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the… More
Jim Careter
While I admired the plot twist ending, the real story has so many holes in it that its annoying. M Night Shymalan is becoming one of the biggest hacks in… More

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