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The Happening

The Happening

2008
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 31m
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Avg Percentile 19.79% from 5044 total ratings

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Rated 02 Nov 2014
7
4th
If the trees are so pissed off at us, then why don't they just leave. Ha! Get it?
Rated 04 Aug 2008
35
9th
A fight broke out in the audience during the opening credits of the film. A guy in the back threw a bag of popcorn onto some people sitting a few rows behind us. They then made their way to the back row to find the tosser. Words were exchanged, one SPIT IN THE OTHER ONES FACE (Who does that?) and they decided to take it outside. We stayed to watch the movie. Mistake. The fight was more of a "happening".
Rated 10 Dec 2008
14
11th
Did I fucking DREAM this? Must have, since I fell asleep about 40 minutes in. For the record, most useless dream I've ever had, and there was some pretty bad acting in it too.
Rated 30 Apr 2021
20
1st
I wasn't expecting much at all, but I wasn't expecting the acting to be so horrendous. This is really a misstep on just about every single level imaginable. It isn't scary, the suicide scenes are all laughably hilarious, the dialogue is cringy, and the actual threat makes no sense at times. But hey, it's got a hot dog guy, Mark Wahlberg sings, a guy kills himself with a lawnmower... Good lord, PLEASE watch this movie. It's just laughable enough that it's entertaining.
Rated 17 Jun 2008
10
3rd
Artistic rights started to become more than Shyamalan can handle. Put together terribly in almost any imaginable way including the suicide scenes that has nothing but shock value. On top of that it's damn boring.
Rated 10 Jan 2019
65
11th
What? Noooo.
Rated 04 Mar 2017
1
2nd
It's only 11 am, but Marky Mark talking to a plastic plant has definitely been the highlight of my day so far.
Rated 21 Jun 2009
2
3rd
i have a bit of a fetish for mark wahlberg staring off into the horizon looking confused so i loved this movie
Rated 13 Oct 2008
1
6th
Incredibly stupid and fucking ridiculous. Just another M. Night Shyamalan movie.
Rated 06 Dec 2008
1
10th
An embarrassing, incompetent train wreck. Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg turn in two Razzie-worthy performances. This is seriously some of the worst acting and writing I think I've ever seen in a blockbuster film. "We can't just stand here as uninvolved observers!" is an actual line from the movie. Damn. Furthermore, the concept is very stupid, and the execution even worse. M. Night Shyamalan has ruined his career, this time for good.
Rated 29 Nov 2008
31
10th
A supposed thriller that at no point in its running time remotely approaches anything resembling tension or suspense. By the final 30 minutes you're just hoping it'll end soon so you can go have coffee and forget about the whole thing - which, thanks to a laughable plot, horrendous acting, coma-inducing pacing, and zero climax, is not that hard to do.
Rated 06 Apr 2017
25
4th
The Happening might well contain shyamalan's biggest twist yet...as it turns out there isn't anything happening at all.
Rated 19 Oct 2009
30
13th
So, there was something happening? Except that Mark Wahlberg is completely unbelievable as a biology teacher? I didn't catch that.. The plot was promising actually but it turned out to be a weird and boring film...
Rated 28 Aug 2009
4
0th
Wahlberg has the acting abilities of a rotten dead log (at least in this particular movie). Shyamalan's dialogue is so unnatural and awkward, you begin wondering if it's been written by a hermit who has been separated from all human contact for 80 years and hence has no idea of normal human interaction. The plot is full of holes, doesn't really go anywhere and does not offer anything except some pseudo-environmentalist crap. You are left dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity of this film.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
27
7th
I have long been a defender of M. Night Shyamalan, but this movie is terrible. A miss on all levels except for some random unintentional hilarity.
Rated 31 May 2022
55
40th
Un divertissement tout juste regardable, l'ambiance est anxiogène, l'idée bien trouvée et provoque un sentiment de malaise mais qui ne s'accentue jamais vraiment. La tension passe au second plan quand les personnages se mettent à se livrer sur leurs problèmes conjugaux, si le magnifique Marky Mark fait ce qu'il peut pour donner un sens aux dialogues ridicules, Zooey Deschanel est niaise dans ce rôle d'épouse à peine intéressée par les événements. Et le livre reste ouvert, pas dans le bon sens.
Rated 01 Jan 2009
10
8th
Oh how the mighty have fallen - Heed my warning, M. Night Shyamalan's borderline self-spoofing "The Happening" is a conceptual train-wreck. It has a B-Horror/Sci-Fi premise that sounds thrilling on paper, unfortunately it's carried out like a lame made-for-TV Stephen King adaptation. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a big King fan, but you know the adaptations I speak of) This movie is just too damn sloppy to be taken serious as a message-film or as escapist homage to classic horror camp
Rated 14 May 2014
0
1st
I have an idea for M. Night's next supernatural thriller. It's titled "Possessed". The soul of a once promising Hollywood director is consumed by the undead spirit of Ed Wood. It's an autobiography.
Rated 24 Jul 2010
45
34th
Attempts to create and inhabit an unreal dream world, rather than convey any kind of "realism." The method is a cinematically unusual relation to space (extreme close-ups and long-distance shots), time (shorts jumps in time between scenes and even shots) and character. Unfortunately, it fizzles out rather than building to any dramatically satisfying conclusion. A misunderstood (but still only partially successful) experiment, pursuing a nightmare logic founded in various contemporary anxieties.
Rated 21 May 2009
25
28th
Imagine if you saw Signs and were treated to the horrible reveal 30 mins. in. You then watch as flying saucers cruise around ominously in the air never visibly doing anything just flying around. They are killing people somehow, you know that, but you never see how it just happens. Then they just leave because they feel like it.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
60
0th
Ultimately this movie was disappointing. The beginning draws you in, and the drama is intense and nail-biting. With a great start, the drama slowly diminishes and the ending is a letdown. The end leaves you confused as to what the plot was to begin with, and what had been solved if anything. Could've been better.
Rated 30 Sep 2008
40
14th
I wonder if it's time to just label Syamalan a "one hit wonder".
Rated 11 Jul 2008
20
6th
Arguably Shyamalan's worst. Whereas Lady in the Water previously held that spot for the sheer stupidity and halfassed nature of the plot, this trumps it. Not in plot stupidity, even though its NEARLY as stupid. But the acting is so terribly bad. I like Mark Whalberg. He must've been TRYING to act badly here. It was like he wasn't trying to act at all, but overcompensated for that by overemoting - badly. And I usually find Zooey Deschanel adorable, but she was awful too. So bad.Trees?
Rated 31 Jul 2011
6
1st
"There appears to be an event happening." No kidding. Wahlberg is clicking in full Nic Cage mode, with hilariously delayed reaction times to everything being said to him. Surely no film in history has (laughably) placed so much emphasis on mood rings. The first sign of contagion in this film is "strange speech" -- EVERYONE appears to be exhibiting it. By the end of it, you'll find yourself in the final stage: wanting to kill yourself. A disastrously funny film. Watch it like a train wreck.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
1
5th
A bizarre and awful film. Despite a somewhat clever initial premise, the whole thing lacks a hint of energy and the acting is atrocious. Mark Wahlberg, who arguably outperformed Jack Nicholson two years ago in The Departed, delivers all his lines like he's acting across from tennis balls on sticks. The much-hyped "R-rated" gore is weak as hell, and the only "scares" come from obnoxious soundtrack stingers. BAD MOVIE.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
4
81st
classic banger of a film
Rated 24 Jan 2012
23
2nd
So the question is, was the acting of Wahlberg and Deschanel intentionally bad or not? If not, then I fear for their souls. If so, uh, good job at it.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
30
10th
There are a few glimpses of Shyamalan's ability for constructing creepy scenes but overall this is plain laughable. Most of the film is as hopeless as the acting by Deschanel and Wahlberg (I gather that their naivë delivery was a directorial choice but that's hardly a solid excuse).
Rated 13 Jun 2008
5
0th
13 Haziran 08, ben, mustafa, dicle, cosku, galeria 19:30 seansi salon 3 & sikici, gerilimi verememis ve vasat bir senaryoya sahip bir NM Shyamalan fiyaskosu.Yonetmen bu film ile gozumdeki kredisini tam olarak doldurdu.
Rated 18 Jan 2009
20
6th
What an awful waste of time. Wahlberg (just look at the picture!) and especially Deschanel are as if waking up from a coma, and the whole idea is ridiculous. The dialogue is at times hilarious but for all the wrong reasons.
Rated 16 Aug 2009
30
8th
Some pretty hilarious scenes and lines ("what kind of terrorists are these?" and the "cough syrup" scene come to mind) unfortunately do not save an absolutely atrocious film. A potential career killer for megalomaniac Shyamalan, who appears to be an alien based on the lines he wrote for the film.
Rated 10 Sep 2021
60
34th
We're packing hot dogs for the road. You know hot dogs get a bad rap? They got a cool shape, they got protein. Glorious garbage. Marky Mark plays a science teacher who acts like the entire world confuses him. The dialogue in parts is atrocious "aw cheese and crackers" This was why people would laugh when M Night's name would appear before a trailer lmao
Rated 19 Aug 2008
40
22nd
Zooey Deschanel is terrible, Wahlberg is pretty decent but the story is ridiculous and wind isn't scary, nor is it caused by plants.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
5
1st
Anybody who thought Water-intolerant aliens invading water-abundant planet Earth was Shyamalan's worst idea are in for a surprise!
Rated 28 Aug 2009
60
18th
You'll like this movie if you like watching people run from wind.
Rated 29 Jun 2008
20
5th
You know something is wrong with a movie when people try to outrun the wind (really!)
Rated 27 Apr 2009
0
1st
OH GOD HONEY THE PETUNIAS ARE FINALLY GETTING REVENGE
Rated 06 Sep 2008
20
0th
Not only is the plot complete nonsense, everything else about the film sucks as well, the acting, the pacing, the soundtrack, etc. If I didn't know better I'd say Shyamalan purposely combined the preachiness of Signs with the stupidity of Lady in The Water and added worse acting and a worthless ending so as leave no doubt about which of his movies is the worst.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
30
11th
marky mark as a fuckin school teacher..... really?
Rated 14 Jul 2009
0
1st
I'm a man that lives with very few regrets in life but...
Rated 05 Jan 2009
8
89th
Sorry, I am doomed to like every single Shyamalan's movie. I understand perfectly why the entire world is pissed off. People can't accept that the stupidity of The Happening on every level (except the technical one - perfect as always) is intentional. Which would not be an excuse if the message of the movie was "please, keep the planet clean and shiny after use, and in the mean time love each other". No, the message is different: "You deserve this [movie]!" You, the Transformers fanboys.
Rated 30 Apr 2021
31
1st
So bad it's good. My favorite comedy of 2008.
Rated 12 Sep 2008
0
3rd
The hills are alive with the sound of... *zzzzzzzzz*.
Rated 22 Mar 2016
28
13th
Honestly, not as bad as its reputation had led me to believe. But take into account that this certainly wasn't good, and I expected a piece of shit. Begins promisingly, and sports a genuinely interesting premise, but degrades into a pretty incomprehensible mess by the time they get to the old lady's house.
Rated 26 Feb 2010
20
5th
Ugh, pass.
Rated 09 Dec 2008
84
80th
Such a hated film but I personally loved it. Not Shyamalan's best but it was great. Grade: B Plus
Rated 10 Dec 2012
40
9th
Well, this movie happened.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
0
0th
100% terrible
Rated 24 Dec 2008
8
1st
Got this just to see if it really was as bad as everyone's been saying. I really enjoyed all of M. Night's other movies (yes, even Lady in the Water and to a lesser extent, The Village), so I was hoping to find something good about The Happening that everyone was apparently missing. Well, there's really nothing there. The acting is horrible, the script is horrible (there's some incredibly awkward scenes), but most of all, there's absolutely no climax! All suspense with no payoff!
Rated 18 Jun 2008
18
2nd
"Happening" has maybe a few moments, but Shyamalan loses all his signature touches, at least the ones that actually work. His most horrifying premise strains any credibility here because none of his characters or dialogue seem authentic. Wahlberg is terribly miscast, and Deschenel is awful as well. Cheap scares come here and there, but nothing that sticks with you like "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs." "The Happening," all too often hilarious, is one of the worst movies of the year.
Rated 13 Nov 2008
90
76th
I am attracted to films by M. Night Shyamalan. They have a super-clean yet dreamy look to them. This was a particularly good one and I would watch it again.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
1
17th
Starts out promisingly, but any time people are speaking instead of killing themselves it gets painfully uninteresting.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
45
15th
*GONG*, but dammit if M. Knight isn't trying.
Rated 22 Nov 2017
25
2nd
This movie cast Marky Mark which is the only thing it has going for it. I hated this movie, and want M. Night Shyamalan to pay me for the time he took from my life watching this steaming pile of crap.
Rated 22 Jun 2008
25
0th
One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. Mark Wahlberg's acting wasn't fit for a high school play. A lot of people have mentioned that the premise was interesting, but I found it to be so ludicrously impossible that I didn't even have that to enjoy. There are several recurring themes throughout the movie, but they're all handled without a hint of subtlety, grace, or profoundness. I'm genuinely overwhelmed at how un-enjoyable this movie was.
Rated 17 Jul 2008
50
30th
I didn't find it as mind-bendingly horrible as apparently all the rest of the internet does. I found the opening scenes to be quite creepy but after that I have to admit it does go downhill. I've enjoyed all of M. Night's films, even The Village and Lady in the Water, and this is quite honestly his worst. I thought Wahlberg did a good job and so did Leguizamo but Zooey Deschanel was absolutely horrible. You can certainly give this a miss, even if you do enjoy all of Shyamalan's other films.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
70
86th
Predictable but powerful - great casting great acting great meaning.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
1
1st
Nothing about this movie appealed to me. From the weird misogynist stuff with Leguizamo and Deschanel, to the covert defense of intelligent-design-esque theories of nature, the plot failed to impress. The performances, especially Marky Mark's, were weak, but I blame poor characterizations more than bad acting. Overall, I got the impression that the actors did their best with a very flawed script, but even that wasn't enough to compensate for how terrible the movie was.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
67
20th
Shyalaman's attempt to emulate Hitchcock's Birds kind of terror. While successful in some aspects, the movie gets too dull and unfocused when Shyalaman's particular style comes into action.
Rated 21 Dec 2008
85
64th
I presume M. Night can't/won't make anybody to act properly, but damn, he can direct!
Rated 05 Apr 2011
70
74th
M. Night Shamylan returns to his horror roots in this Hitchcokian doomsday tale about a man and woman trying to reconnect with themselves and humanity. Despite a solid screenplay, Shamylan's direction can at times miss its mark and Mark Whalberg gives a confused performance. Shamylan's fantastic use of cinematography and staging overcomes its faults.
Rated 04 Mar 2023
20
14th
What? No!
Rated 17 Jan 2010
10
0th
Like a really really bad student picture. I'm assuming Knight wrote this when he was 12
Rated 28 Mar 2010
15
18th
Look out! TREES WILL KILL YOU. Kind of stupid.. but I must admit it scared me. But I get scared real easily. Lawnmower
Rated 23 Jun 2008
0
4th
The Happening is really bad. The acting is bad, the writing is bad, the directing is bad. It's funny to think that Shyamalan was once called 'the next Spielberg.' He made 2 good movies and then became irrelevant. I'm also confused as to why this got an R rating. Almost every death in this movie is shown off screen. It's just completely unsatisfying and totally unrealistic. Fuck this.
Rated 26 Nov 2015
20
15th
I'm somewhere in the middle here. I have nothing against the story idea. The belief that nature would punish man for his sins is rooted in myths thousands of years old, and there's a tradition of wacky premises like this in B films (see: Monolith Monsters). It's the wooden dialogue and subsequent overacting that gets me. Never it is planted in my mind that these are real people I should care about it, and most of my disappointment in The Happening stems from that artificiality.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
15
21st
"Shyamalan is far better at setup than payoff, and the Sixth Sense director's latest once and for all cements that reputation." - Nick Schager
Rated 15 Jun 2008
67
34th
The shock affetc of the "happening" lasts trough out all the movie. Shyamalan really captures a new way of disturbing a viewer while these days thrillers and horror movies all seem to have lost their power. BUT the idea dosnt make up for the rest of the film, the lacking in the script and the plain blah-ness of Mark Wahlberg.
Rated 09 Jun 2012
20
8th
I love Zoey and Marky Mark but this movie goes way beyond stupid.
Rated 17 Jun 2016
30
1st
Oh man this film was downright terrible. At times I thought I popped the wrong disc into my DVD player and I thought I was watching a comedy film. It has horrendously misguided and made absolutely no attempt at making a statement. Unless M. Night Shyamalan was intending for to make a political statement by having Mark Wahlberg sing Black Water to help minimize a threat I think this film failed with every bit of dialogue and every scene where nothing at all happened.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
15
3rd
belachelijk en vreeeeeeselek geacteerd!!!! (da gij dees beter vind dan 'oldboy' paul da kan in mijn hoofd ff ni in!!!)
Rated 09 Oct 2008
50
13th
Awful acting, a good but wasted story.
Rated 07 May 2009
20
12th
This movie seems to have been made by an amateur. Does not explain things right. The theme of the nature is there, but its implementation is failure, not explores well the situation. The end, is still worse, the film really is a disaster.
Rated 18 Jun 2008
0
0th
M. Night Shyamalan really out does himself with this pile of crap. I thought I'd give him another chance with his last heap, but this just confirms he was a one hit wonder and that all he can churn out now are trailers that make the film look good. Worst film of the year so far.
Rated 22 Jul 2020
20
3rd
Really fucking stupid.
Rated 02 Feb 2011
0
1st
Possibly the worst few hours I've ever spent in a cinema. Gaping plot holes, flawed scripts, less than 2D characters and acting that made we want to cry with boredom... A very nonsensical, dull and unambitious movie.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
42
20th
Was not THAT bad.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
81
18th
2
Rated 28 Sep 2008
45
1st
I had high hopes for this movie going into it. I came out of hit highly disappointed, and somewhat amused over how M. Night decided to do things. I will not be seeing another one of his movies.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
60
10th
This is when I have fights with people. I love this movie because I treat it as a B movie. People go in expecting a deep and amazing thriller. Don't do that. The acting is bad, no thanks to the dialogue and the enemy are trees. This is still a fun movie. I just hope M. Night pulls himself together soon.
Rated 16 Jun 2010
60
62nd
loses most of its not something i can watch again and again
Rated 06 Oct 2008
0
0th
ugh
Rated 17 Jun 2008
20
0th
Les 5 premières minutes sont potables le reste est navrant. Je n'ai jamais aussi peu vu de tension dans un film de catastrophe, un exode de New York renversant ! A la limite un film à mater un dimanche soir avec des potes qui pestent
Rated 12 May 2009
50
14th
For a movie called The Happening, there is not much happening. For the most part, the acting is terrible and the direction is not much better. Wahlberg doesn't suit his role. There's a few creepy scenes but not enough. Good tension and interesting start quickly turn into an undeveloped storyline with a predictable ending.
Rated 07 Feb 2016
30
0th
Very funny bullshit with a real treat in Wahlberg's atrocious yet entertainingly hillarious performance.
Rated 20 Feb 2009
20
2nd
This movie is epically bad. From Hot Dog Guy to chase scenes with wind, I think this one will gain some camp notoriety in the years to come.
Rated 02 Sep 2015
2
10th
Wonderfully terrible! The "acting" is truly a sight to behold!
Rated 22 Aug 2010
1
11th
Worst playing.. poor Zooey Deschanel
Rated 12 Feb 2011
45
3rd
hilarious
Rated 18 Mar 2019
15
3rd
The scariest thing of all is the Avatar novelty backpack at the very end
Rated 18 Sep 2010
60
62nd
The plot is quite silly and ends up being there just to guide the characters through a few different locations. The "twist" of an ending is something that will be figured out far before you should, and the acting, while funny, can't be called "good". It is still a fun film to watch, and I would at least recommend you to check it out if you see it for a cheap price, or if it comes on television one night. It likely won't be as good the second time, but give it at least one chance.
Rated 17 Jun 2013
73
47th
A comedic mess
Rated 24 Jun 2009
74
37th
Thought provoking....though i did always have the feeling that somethings out to get me..
Rated 30 Sep 2008
25
11th
Despite the exciting beginning the movie turns out to be a huge disappointment. It's obvious that Shyamalan has wanted to tell us something with this but I totally missed the point or it was just weak. Interestingly cast Wahlberg should also stick with action flicks.
Rated 01 Jan 2014
62
8th
The idea itself is interesting, the acting is ok. The dialogues, unfortunately, are illegals. What the hell is happening here? The characters seem to be out of focus, confused. Meh...
Rated 03 Mar 2010
20
0th
Shyamalan tries to correct past mistakes, prove that he can write clever dialogue and make a twisted horror movie again. He tries a little too hard and just buries a deeper hole for himself. I'm not sure why it was filmed with the visual flair of a comedy. Mark Wahlberg seems to be knowingly parodying himself, which is actually fun to watch, but doesn't help the film's cause. I knew things were going to be bad when I read about Shyamalan's own self-proclaimed "return to form."
Rated 26 Jul 2010
0
0th
Any money you spend on this film and any time you spend watching it is money and time you will never get back from life itself. M. Night Shyamalan has disgraced his own name. This is a soap box Bible beating pulpit for environmentalism. Starts out so promising, ends with some of the worst scenes in Hollywood history. Wahlberg is ridiculously awful in this film. I felt embarrassed to watch it and felt "raped by badness" when I left the theater. This is my most hated movie of all time. A piece of-
Rated 01 Nov 2010
0
0th
uh... wat? Not even Mark Wahlberg's hotness could help this movie..
Rated 27 Apr 2011
1
8th
Some of the premise is interesting, everything else is absolute trash. I've never been fond of Walberg but it's almost as if there's some hidden plot element that explains exactly how an actor could get every line of dialogue wrong. It's all beyond me.
Rated 17 Jan 2020
50
8th
The Happening really tries to be an old 50's or 60's style Sci-Fi movie. From the over acting to the perfectly framed moments that just scream old school sci-fi movie posters this movie is really trying hard to be something that it is not. The premise of this movie is great. I like that Shyamalan went after global warming in this movie but that doesn't make up for this being a pretty boring movie. I was expecting more suspense but mostly what I got was cliche. I would not watch this movie again.

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