Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Village, even when its step falters, is on to something more provocative than seeing dead people. Its power, unrelated to digital monsters, comes from the tension building inside the characters.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Spellbinding if ponderous.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A third-generation performer, this daughter of actor-director Ron Howard makes a stunning feature debut.
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By James Berardinelli
For those who like the director's body of work, appreciate "The Twilight Zone," and have a high suspension of disbelief threshold, The Village is likely to satisfy.
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Entertainment Weekly

It gives nothing of the plot away to say that there's a fine line between an ''Aha!'' and an ''Oh, brother!'' Whether you feel The Village crosses that line may hinge on whether you think Shyamalan's screenwriting ability is beginning to lag behind his skill as a director.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Village emerges as a victim of its own ambitions. At one point, Edward advises Ivy: "Do your very best not to scream." That doesn't require much restraint on our part.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Unlike "The Sixth Sense," the film's key revelation might be too mild to jolt audiences. Some may even feel cheated.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Village is Shyamalan's weakest story, and its ending - whether or not you're surprised by it - is a genuine clinker.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Village seems poised to become as cheesy in its effects as a low-budget horror film. Shyamalan's gracefulness keeps his movie just out of that abyss.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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