The Village
The Village (2004)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 30, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Dangerously dour.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Another mediocre lunacy from the overrated M. Night Shyamalan.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The Village reminded me not so much of Hitchock but Scooby Doo. When at the end of that cartoon it was revealed that glowing skull creature was actually Old Mr. Higgins the caretaker, it pissed me off even as a little kid.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

So meaningless and distanced in its details that it hardly stands a chance of wooing even the most willing fellow traveler.

Lucero Solórzano

'The Village' is among Shyamalan's salvageable films, in which he uses ignorance and superstition to keep a group of people in the woods away from evil creatures. [Full review in Spanish]

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Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The Village doesn't pack quite the punch of The Sixth Sense, but it's equal to Shyamalan's last two films.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

different than anything else that's playing at the moment

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell, but those more open-minded may find an… More
Liam Gadd
I found M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 thriller excellent for the first two-thirds of it. The characters are interesting, the acting all-round is superb,… More
Eric Alvarez
I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally… More
Kyle Fowler
It might be goofy, but it's so enjoyable to watch! Scares are in short supply, but to make up for it there are a few hilarious parts that aren't… More
Alex roy
M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the… More
Jim Careter
While I admired the plot twist ending, the real story has so many holes in it that its annoying. M Night Shymalan is becoming one of the biggest hacks in… More