The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense (1999)

In this chilling psychological thriller, eight-year-old Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: He is visited by ghosts. A helpless and reluctant channel, Cole is terrified by threatening visitations from those with unresolved problems who… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 6, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: M Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

You leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger. It becomes a clammy, chilly movie building toward a revelation that you cannot predict. As I say: I cannot tell you. You'd hate me if I did. I can only say, don't look now, but look sometime.

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Paul Clinton (

Willis turns in a measured and understated performance.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Shyamalan remains unable to wholeheartedly capture the viewer's interest for the duration of the movie's slightly overlong running time.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

So transparent is Osment as an actor, and so rare, that the pain on his face stabs you in the heart.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A delicate, emotionally attentive, but very scary ghost story.

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Lucero Solórzano

Shyamalan's best film where he knew how to trick us with the history of a boy who sees dead people. It has one of the best endings I've seen in the genre. [Full review in Spanish]

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David Edelstein

Osment's pinched, old-young face suggests an ancient's insight without an ancient's defenses -- a sensitivity so exquisitely morbid that you worry more for his emotional than physical well-being.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

I was not only surprised by the film's final twist, I wasn't even looking for one. I just thought I was watching a bad movie. The end doesn't quite redeem it, but it makes you think about what you've seen. That's a saving grace of some sort.

Bill Gallo
New Times

Beyond these startling apparitions, there's a surplus of mumbo-jumbo in here -- and some ludicrously false notes.

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