The Watchers

critic Reviews

, 32% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Heavy on eerie mood but undone by an obtuse script, The Watchers can only hold the gaze for so long before tedium sets in.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    As imperfect as this hushed supernatural chiller may be, the demons it conjures up — both real and metaphorical — left a lasting impression, and that’s nothing to scoff at.
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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    The Watchers is not nearly as cerebral; it's less a political (or showbiz) allegory than a fable about our shared capacity for change. It's a theme that's ultimately addressed so plangently that it has the opposite effect and borders on goofiness...
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    Tasha RobinsonPolygon
    Anyone who goes in with the wrong expectations will probably just find The Watchers baffling. It has its share of creepy moments, rising tension, and sudden-blast-of-music jump scares, but as a suspense story, it fizzles out surprisingly early.
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    Kristy PuchkoMashable
    The Watchers is a sharply satisfying horror thriller thanks to a crackling cast, unnerving sound design, stomach-churning creatures, and an emotional story that offers far more than cheap thrills.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Intriguingly cloaked in erudite allusions to Irish legend and fairytale, it refrains from proselytising while keeping you guessing until the final flourish.
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    Elizabeth WeitzmanTime Out
    Abel Korzeniowski’s portentous score does pair nicely with Eli Arenson’s lush and moody cinematography. But the script... is a muddle of expository conversation, half-developed threads, and plot holes wider than the Watchers’ traps.
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    Troy RibeiroFree Press Journal (India)
    Thematically, the plot flirts with compelling ideas about identity, perspective, and the primal fear of being watched. Yet, these concepts remain largely underexplored as the film fails to dig deep enough.
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    Akos PeterbenczeThe Screen
    An unpretentious creature feature that doesn't get bogged down by overemphasizing trauma, pompous symbolizations, or stacking up ambiguous metaphors for attempting to be more high-brow than it actually is.
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    John FlickingerThe Flick Pick (Youtube)
    The premise of 'The Watchers' promises an eerie, minimalist horror flick, but the execution in the second and third acts is nothing short of a cinematic crime against humanity, wreaking havoc on storytelling and entertainment.
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    Lyra HaleFangirlish
    The Watchers unfortunately suffers from [Ishana Shyamalan's fathers] hollow way of telling stories that lack true emotional depth and human connection.
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