50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
As for The Happening, his throwback horror flick that plays like "The Birds" meets "The Blob," it's beyond good and evil. It's dumbfounding.
Full Review
50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The movie seems more like a '50s science fiction film of extreme paranoia or an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that even at a swiftly paced 90 minutes feels padded.
Full Review
50

NPR

By Bob Mondello
If what audiences are looking for is a thrill ride, or even a pervasive eeriness, The Happening's just not happening.
Full Review
50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Some sure symptoms: The movie demonstrates a smart movie geek's obsession with the rhythms and gory details of horror storytelling, undermined by a pompous insistence on spiritual lessons of the tritest kind.
Full Review
50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's an entertaining movie, which is half the game, but it's not scary, which it should be. Neither is it something to be taken seriously, though it's intended to be.
Full Review
40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The film never builds past its initial idea, the references to 9/11 feel cheap, the good actors are wasted, and the bad ones are distracting.
Full Review
38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Shyamalan isn't drawing the caliber of performances from his actors as he used to. Who can forget Haley Joel Osment's haunting portrayal in The Sixth Sense or that of Toni Collette, who played his mother, or Bruce Willis in arguably his best role?
Full Review
25

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.
Full Review
25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Film critics have been asked to say as little as possible about M. Night Shyamalan's new scare film about the perils of messing with Mother Nature. Fair enough. But I will say this: It's not happening.
Full Review
10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Happening makes you wonder whether Mr. Shyamalan's own switch may have been flipped. How else to explain his film's befuddling infelicities, insistent banalities, shambling pace and pervasive ineptitude?
Full Review
34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.