The Village
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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dangerously dour."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Another mediocre lunacy from the overrated M. Night Shyamalan."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Shyamalan remains ever the master of mood and of unseen, inchoate menace; he can give depth and gravity to scenes that in other hands would be either boring or ridiculous."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Village idiot."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"So meaningless and distanced in its details that it hardly stands a chance of wooing even the most willing fellow traveler."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Gripping, creepy, and very well acted with a great breakout performance from Bryce Dallas Howard..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Village is not completely awful, but it comes closer than one would like to admit."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"In a time when Hollywood is more interested in remakes and sequels than in original movies, Shyamalan continues to tell new stories. And he's really good at it."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The Village doesn't pack quite the punch of The Sixth Sense, but it's equal to Shyamalan's last two films."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The would-be surprise only makes you rethink the reason you went to see the movie in the first place."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"I'm not sure exactly why I'm protecting the Shocking Twist, because it certainly doesn't deserve to be protected."
‑ David Medsker,
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