50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The trouble isn't just that this haunted-house story, written by Mark Wheaton and directed by Hong Kong filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang, is both formulaic and derivative. It's that it's completely free of atmosphere, the very thing that their 2002 "The Eye" had in such creepy abundance.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

There are a few decent jolts in The Messengers, but every one of them is accompanied by a cheap freak-out on the soundtrack so you know to be decently jolted.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
This spook story is a surprisingly mediocre Hollywood debut for Hong Kong's Pang brothers.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

A predictable, by-the-numbers TV-movie-sized affair which will break your heart - especially since it also contains brief flashes of horror greatness.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A tepid ghost story filled with all the usual things that go bump in the night minus the somewhat crucial element of suspense, this bland effort from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures is surprisingly devoid of the creepy, claustrophobic atmospherics that haunt the brothers' Asian work.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's nicely photographed but slow-moving, dull and utterly predictable.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Extremely boring.
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10

Film Threat

The story is so ridiculously obvious it's not even remotely enjoyable.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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