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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Thrill-kill plots, cardboard characters and zap-pow editing are not for Shyamalan, who takes his good, thoughtful time to snare audiences in his dark web."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Interesting premise, but ultimately disappointing."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"With all these superlatives, how could Shyamalan so badly misjudge vital elements to the story? The melodramatic elements take away substantially from much of what could otherwise be hailed as a masterpiece."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"a little too pretentious but still good"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Unbreakable is a film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Sequel talk often sparks because this unconventionally contemplative comic-book film is M. Night Shyamalan's only idea worth continuing -a patient, downbeat and thrillingly unpredictable drama that still stands today as Shyamalan's visionary masterpiece."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"The characters (especially Willis') are drab and uninteresting, and the story, even allowing for the supernatural overtones, is unconvincing."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Shyamalan takes us in close, picking up sad and angry whispers; his people almost never raise their voices."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A superhero origin story for an audience that appreciates human stories..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The old magic fails to re-materialize, thanks to overwrought melodrama and contrived plot developments."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The dialogue has more pauses than a High School production of Samuel Beckett. And while that works up to a point, you find yourself wanting to grab the characters and shake them out of their introspective stupors."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
More reviews for Unbreakable on Rotten Tomatoes

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