The Mothman Prophecies
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

When John Klein, a respected Washington Post journalist, and his wife Mary find the dream house they have been hunting for, life could hardly get better. Then on their joyful ride home the dream is shattered when Mary crashes the car and is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.

David Ansen

Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

There are certainly strong moments and efficient set pieces here, too, but for all the claims that the film, adapted from a 1975 book by John Keel, is based on real events, Pellington fails to sustain credibility.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Faced with such an unlikely mishmash of unexplainable events, you've given up believing anything by the time the popcorn's gone.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Despite hints that it aspires to be more, The Mothman Prophecies is a by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Psychological thriller may deeply upset some kids.

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Robert Koehler

Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia. Why are these moviemakers persecuting us?

Nick Rogers

The stylish bleakness keeps you off-balance with unreliable narration and an unforgettable conclusion. The more it accelerates rant-and-rave paranoia, the greater it gets - a campfire-ready chiller whose subconscious embers glow long after it's over.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Richard Gere tends a hit or miss actor due to his limited range, but I actually really liked him in this underrated psychological horror-thriller. Gere brings… More
Mark Walker
As soon as I see Richard Gere's name in the credits of a film, I'm instantly put off. The man has made an absolute fortune without having any real… More
Tim Salmons
I distinctly remember this film because of the bridge sequence. Mediocre to be sure, but maybe worth a late night watch when there's nothing else to do.
xGary Xx
Allegedly based on a true story, The Mothman Prophecies is the story of a journalist who finds himself in a small town where the inhabitants keep seeing a… More
Lady D'arbanville
This incredibly drawn out film is not without potential, whilst it's weird, dark and unique, it somehow loses itself, which I feel is in the storytelling… More
Wahida K
I believe in that creature, in my Nightmares.

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