The Happening Synopsis
A family is on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
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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.
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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...
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By Bob Mondello
If what audiences are looking for is a thrill ride, or even a pervasive eeriness, The Happening's just not happening.
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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.
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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...
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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...
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Worst Movie Ever

By Sprizzle
All I can say is that I was embarrassed for the actors on screen, who were completely miscast IMO, and that this movie is the reason why one person should rarely be writer, director, and producer....


I just saw the press screening for this movie by M. Night Shyamalan (writer/producer/director). The Happening is a NON-event - which is mercifully 90 minutes short. It is a lackluster film that...

Interesting premise

By fairygirl43
I'll start by saying that overall, I've enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan's movies. There are aspects of all of them that I've enjoyed. So I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with The Happening. ...

A review from someone who understood the movie.

By travisbarker182
Alright I am here to give my side of the story. THIS IS A SPOILER SO ONLY READ IF YOU HAVE NOT, HAVE NOT, SEEN THE MOVIE Alright well this movie is about how horrible the human race is and how we...

The Happening

By le84ah was FREAKY! but it makes you think....

In a word.....Awesome!

By Killeen_TX_ Mr. Brooks
Wow, That was some movie, from beginning to the very end. The Happening was a real time movie, not slow nor fast paced, without rhythm or reason, it just happened. Blood and gore is NOT the...

Major Problems

By factor40
If you think this was M's chance to redeem himself after Lady In The're wrong. My impression is that they sent a rough cut to the film lab instead of the final edit. There is nothing...


By meninjamonkey
Looks so good, I'm so happy he's finally making an R rated movie. I think it will be a very good move for M. It looks so gorey if you check out the red tag preview floating around the web. I can't...

The happening

By jennifermomof3
Plot was not very strong. Acting was good. I wouldn't see it again....

The happening

By fghgf
it wasnt good ya know it had no plot i saw it in NY but i used my old zip and im just saving you guys some time...

More Info

Rated R | For violent and disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.
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