The Happening
The Happening (2008)

"The Happening" is a lightning-paced, heart-pounding paranoid thriller about a family on the run from an inexplicable and unstoppable event that threatens not only humankind, but the most basic human instinct of them… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

At first, a great deal happens, then nothing much happens for quite some time, then something so underwhelming happens that one is left wondering, 'Did that really just happen?'

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on voltage.

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

You just feel you've been conned by a cheap trick, and an old one at that.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly serious. But, you know what, I appreciated this creatively offbeat, daring sci-fi mind-trip.

Jason Bailey

For reasons still unknown, Shyamalan wrote the dialogue this stiffly, and instructed his performers to act like they'd never said words or interacted with each other before.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The Happening is an awful letdown, yet it leaves you with something new, as a gently waving tree -- that classical image of pastoral tranquillity -- mutates into a harbinger of doom.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

All that's missing is the head alien of Plan 9 From Outer Space dropping by to lecture the populace for disrespecting nature: 'Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!'

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Chris Stuckmann

The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Not bad not good. Just there. I guess it was an interesting idea. But something felt off.
Wildaly M
I have mixed feelings with this one. Amid all the bad reviews, I found myself intrigued by the premise and the tension was nail-biting and kept me on-edge… More
Nikhil Nandu
Such a good premise to build off of, but it fails horribly in terms of acting and writing. The movie caused me to laugh a lot more then I wanted to. This was… More
Jacob Ethington
This is the funniest horror comedy I've seen in years. I never thought that M. Night Shymalan would create a horror comedy, but it's yielded some… More
Tony Gandía
Almost everything is so godawful about "The Happening" that it's practically impossible to pinpoint just one thing to critique about it. M.… More
Jason Calvin
I remember shortly after "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs", M. Night Shyamamlan was being labeled the next Alfred Hitchcock. Whoever came up… More