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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

2002
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
A suspense-filled thriller about a man (Gere) driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death -- and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away. (Screen Gems)
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The Mothman Prophecies

2002
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 59m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
47th
A couple of freaky bits throughout the movie (especially the part where Gere's wife comes out of nowhere) but overall the movie just doesn't have a great thriller feel. It's just alright.
Rated 29 Jul 2014
2
13th
Adheres to the mantra "What you don't see is always more terrifying than what you can see" to mixed results since, well, you don't ever really see anything at all in The Mothman Prophecies, least of all the actual Mothman. An odd movie with a foreboding mood but no resolution or actual moments of terror.
Rated 10 Oct 2021
72
42nd
Ostensibly a horror-thriller without much horror or thrills; develops a pretty decent atmosphere of oppressive paranoia thanks to Pellington's unsettling staging and committed performances (I miss living in a world where Bates might suddenly turn up and completely enliven a few scenes in a film). Falls into the trap of regarding fairly silly material with more solemn awe than necessary, and the climactic bridge collapse seems oddly out of proportion with the low-key nature of what precedes it.
Rated 29 Apr 2016
50
29th
The Mothman Prophecies is actually quite entertaining and thrilling in its own way, despite not being the best horror movie out there. Richard Gere is a pretty good lead, and the supporting cast functions as they should. The main gripes I have lie within the film's poorly paced and shoddily written plot, as well as annoying direction, but that's just in terms of technicality. In terms of a movie, it can be a pretty good time.
Rated 01 Jan 2012
62
30th
It's a decent mood setter but there is little to no payoff.
Rated 31 Jul 2018
52
20th
Hopefully you have a vivid imagination and believe just about anything, because that's pretty much what you get here. The filmmakers try using every bit of camera trickery to try and build mystery/suspense. The whole movie becomes a bit long and dull by the time the conclusion comes. The actors do a fine job with the material they are given.
Rated 16 Oct 2011
40
28th
Imagine, if you will, a creature that is half man, half moth. If that doesn't put you off, imagine this creature: Richard Gere. If you're now convinced that this is the worst movie ever, I'll be fair and say that only one of these is actually depicted in the movie. The other is busy making prank calls...
Rated 31 Oct 2017
68
53rd
This is a very strangely made movie, full of odd camera movements and editing choices. Feels very much like a product of its time. Some of the writing isn't great and despite very impressive SPFX in the finale, the ending doesn't feel very satisfying. All that being said, I dug the vibe. It felt like a better Indigo Prophecy mixed with Silent Hill or Twin Peaks. Laura Linney and Richard Gere are both quite good.I'd watch it again, there's clearly more depth to the story than first meets the eye.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
88th
Massive kudos for never explaining or showing the Mothman himself (itself?), and leaving it totally in the viewer's head.
Rated 01 Sep 2014
80
78th
Top badass moment? Richard Gere goes house hunting with his wife and they decide to have sex in a wardrobe there, before being disturbed in it by the estate agent asking if they're interested in buying the house. I'm not sure what's most badass, doing that at that age, or the way the estate agent closes the deal. Well okay it's not the latter; I just can't make myself think of an estate agent as badass. I don't think I'd have space in my wardrobe to do that. No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 10 Jun 2011
3
45th
I enjoyed this movie so much more than I was expecting to. It's genuinely fucking creepy.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
73
44th
Had a potential, but doesn't fullfill it.
Rated 25 Aug 2008
5
9th
I've seen it and can't remember it - must of been a painful experience.
Rated 13 Jul 2012
55
31st
A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.
Rated 18 Nov 2023
60
44th
Nice, mid horror entry from the 00s with some actually great scenes. The scene where Mothman calls Richard Gere in the hotelroom and predicts everything he does works really well. I'm a proponent of Laura Linney in any case. What a surprise to hear a Biosphere song from Cirque! The climax is unsatisfactory for sure, but on the other hand quite refreshing we don't have a cliche standoff between the protagonist and the 'entity'. No, all in all, i like Mothman, call me some time too Mothman!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
61st
You know the plot is so hard to follow and strange but there was a bizarre creepiness about it and I ended up appreciating it.
Rated 07 May 2012
40
21st
A prank caller drives Richard Gere to the brink of insanity in this mediocre film centered around an urban legend. It's not all bad though. Despite the wooden performances and slow plot development, the film has some nice and atmospheric scenes.
Rated 11 Jan 2011
71
31st
Inconsistently, but occasionally, very creepy.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
53
26th
A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.
Rated 07 Oct 2020
76
89th
Much better than I feared it would be, even if it feels like a X-Files episode or a Deadzone episode, but better. I still have issues taking mothmen and creepy voices seriously, but once it gets going, it's alright! I wouldn't have gone to a theater to watch it, but at home it works.
Rated 24 Apr 2014
50
14th
A neat premise but overall poorly executed; The Mothman Prophecies should have focused more on the lore behind the phenomena that occurred in Point Pleasant V.A.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
27
19th
nothing happends, it is simply terrible
Rated 15 May 2008
50
26th
I'd give it a 25 if I wasn't so sure I saw The Mothman in my brother's back yard.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
43
19th
Very stilted. Some terrifying scenes but most of it was dull.
Rated 19 Nov 2011
90
47th
I enjoy this movie each time I see it. Foreboding but never too gory with enough mystery to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Rated 26 Apr 2010
42
18th
Somewhat interesting thriller that could've really been something with a better director and some real actors.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
38
50th
fungerer ikke rigtigt
Rated 02 Feb 2009
75
53rd
Should have spent more time on the Mothman and less time on the personal relationships and the prophecies. I like emotional connection but it's pretty obvious the Mothman is the most interesting character in the myth/conspiracy/story/truth/whatever you want to call it. Still, it was a solid movie with a few really inspired parts. I enjoyed the direction, as the camera just sort of floated about most of the time.
Rated 07 Dec 2006
38
21st
Too many prophecies, not enough Mothman.
Rated 28 Nov 2009
68
44th
This is a pretty good film, but it doesn't half make you wait in between the good bits. The fact that this is based on a true story adds real menace to the overall feel (some of the phenomenon in this film is just so strange I'm not honestly sure anybody could have made it up) and it is pretty unsettling, although looking back, it really seems like a very long film. Still good though.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
76
72nd
Great movie!
Rated 09 Dec 2012
67
41st
It was scarier when I was a kid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
3rd
An incoherent pile of crap. Pretty in spots (especially the climactic bridge scenes), but empty of any true emotion.
Rated 10 Jun 2014
62
13th
ok for a first watch, nothing I ever really care to see again
Rated 18 Sep 2008
50
7th
Try another mysterious movies , Richard Gere hold the role that I've never been seen and I think I won't dare to watch this role again.
Rated 24 Dec 2009
50
2nd
Slow, with little to recommend it. Laura Linney is wasted.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
20th
it makes no sence
Rated 28 Jul 2008
80
36th
Pretty decent suspense film but it really needed a better ending. I know, its based on a true story but it just needed a better pay off.
Rated 05 Sep 2007
71
52nd
Interesting thriller could be better, but satisfies.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
85th
One of the most haunting movies in recent years, explains the mystery and tradgedy of the disaster at Point Pleasant.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
43
22nd
*shrug*
Rated 30 Jul 2012
1
20th
If you like the X files but find it too short and exciting you'll love this. Not cool.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
41st
Has some genuinely creepy moments.
Rated 20 Aug 2018
80
51st
B+
Rated 04 Feb 2009
25
25th
This was the longest game of telephone I have ever played.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
60th
enthralling
Rated 03 Feb 2009
80
22nd
Based on a true tale, this movie is saved from mediocrity by a truly scary plot, haunting atmosphere and Richard Gere's performance. Recommended.
Rated 05 Jun 2010
60
64th
A little unsettling.
Rated 21 Sep 2014
60
26th
tedioso, efeitos ridículos, história legal
Rated 17 Jun 2012
40
14th
Book is far better
Rated 25 Jan 2009
90
86th
Much better than it looks. Damned if I can understand why this movie was released in the January/February netherzone. The climax in particular is really exciting
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
49th
I...kinda didn't get it. I mean I got it, but I didn't understand whether I was supposed to be afraid, freaked out, enlightened, or just confused. I found myself in a state of all- at different points of the film. That said, I found that I liked it, but didn't necessarily walk away feeling any differently than when I started. Gere and Linney- top notch actors. They kept me watching.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
45
46th
ok
Rated 26 Jan 2012
59
20th
So boring. It's interesting for about 10 minutes and then we never see the Mothman again and who the fuck cares about Richard Gere anyway?
Rated 08 Dec 2009
60
68th
3/5
Rated 15 Nov 2008
20
20th
I wish I got phonecalls at night from a giant moth.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
96
60th
i've been through point pleasant many times and they have a statue of the mothman in the town
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
20th
This film makes no sense and the resolution is not worth the wait.
Rated 01 Mar 2009
52
1st
If your looking for a good horror movie...this isn't it. If you want a lame horror movie that will definetly bore you to sleep...this is it! This film was 40 minutes of storyline crammed into 2 hours of movie. Considering the subject, it was a rather boring movie. My main problem is that nothing is really wrapped up. There isn't enough happening and too much of what does happen makes little real-world sense. Yes there is a good climax but that hardly makes up for this frustrating experience.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
19th
I expected to like this because it's "my type of movie" and I like Gere. But I didn't. Dense, impenetrable, slow and plodding.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
31
14th
All I wanted was a spooky supernatural "based-on-a-true-story" flick to make me ooo, ahh, and occasionally question the human perception of reality. All I got was bored. There's potential here, but in the end it all feels like a bad X-Files episode.
Rated 09 Aug 2009
63
33rd
Had a lot of potential but went nowhere with it. At one point gave me goosebumps and literally went steadily downhill from there.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
65
30th
Entertaining.
Rated 02 Nov 2009
60
5th
It's like a terrible cut and paste of the Mothman stories to make one big story thats really lame and about not being able to change the future or something. I just wanted to see an upscale version of Jeepers Creepers but with MOTHMAN!!
Rated 17 Jan 2011
45
10th
x files, kehanet, octane, felaket, telefon, ruhani güçler, mesaj, gizem, gerilim, yol, karanlik
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
64th
High functioning horror, Gere surprisingly good.
Rated 26 Jan 2010
80
84th
I saw this again recently and was much better than I remembered it. Well worth it's wait in popcorn
Rated 18 Aug 2007
46
23rd
BOOOOOOOORING
Rated 24 Jun 2010
74
52nd
This movie is good. It gave me chills in some parts in others it made me question if this is all real and really did happen...I think the performances were good, and the story while at times got a bit heavy handed it was ok...
Rated 03 Sep 2012
88
39th
Unique.
Rated 09 May 2009
30
32nd
I'm not scared of much in the way of thrillers / horror movies, but this one freaked me out. Possibly because it was based on true events? ::shrugs:: If you want to feel uneasy, you should just watch the documentary they had on it! ^_^
Rated 08 Dec 2017
82
95th
One of my favorites.Gere is flawless, as is Linney but its is patton who steals the show. Pellington is a massively underrated director.
Rated 02 May 2009
3
40th
"It's unsettling for a while but has a severe dead-spot before the action climax. Gere does a great deal in solo scenes with no dialogue, suggesting that he might not be as alone in the dark as he seems."
Rated 05 Aug 2007
80
48th
One of the rare movies that surprised me. Actors were spot-on, the direction was amazingly well-done, and thankfully the end is ambiguous. This is not your average horror film, it's what people WANT horror to be, something crawling in the back of your head.
Rated 24 Nov 2010
30
78th
"Mark Pellington's latest pop thriller is as kooky and overeager as it is spooky and subtly in love with myth." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 05 Apr 2012
60
26th
The only thing I remember about this movie is being told that the twist would totally blow up my world. Perhaps its my numbness to twists or being warned in the first place, but nothing in this movie surprised me. Other than that I just remember it being wholly mediocre.
Rated 05 May 2008
45
25th
Passes the time.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
90
67th
Scary.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
28
28th
A thriller with very few thrills and even fewer moths.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
46th
The source of one of my favorite movie quotes..."Have you ever tried explaining yourself to a cockroach?"
Rated 25 May 2010
80
65th
I liked it because it was a change for Gere and the predictability was low. I need to see it again.
Rated 14 Jul 2023
38
35th
as if someone tried to remake lost highway from memory after reading a bunch about the mothman
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
62nd
Pretty good creepy movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
0th
I can't believe they wasted cellophane on this! Starving people should have eaten it instead.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
2nd
Its supposed to be based on a true story, only thing that really happened in real life was the bridge collapse.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
70
76th
good movie
Rated 27 May 2015
1
3rd
If I saw a movie in theatres while completely sober and still remember nothing about it...chances are it is pretty shitty
Rated 06 May 2009
1
0th
I laughed so hard at the end for this movie.
Rated 03 Nov 2014
33
32nd
Lots of mood music and some fine actors - but a plot so subtle it evaporates.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
60
36th
Reasonably creepy movie, supposedly based on true events in Point Pleasant, Virginia in the late 60's. Much of the creepiness comes from within, as there are no actual "monsters" seen, nor any hack/slash/gore. Left me wanting to know more about the actual "true" events. Gere is better than usual, whilst Linney also performs well.
Rated 14 Nov 2007
34
11th
Waste of time, unless you like to watch Richard Gere stare at buildings for an hour.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
12th
An eerie movie but didn't answer most questions that it poses.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
2nd
Good Idea but Richard Gere is terrible as always but it's interesting
Rated 16 Nov 2015
76
54th
Forgot to review this, its definitely better than its score. Atleast at the time i watched it.
Rated 10 Sep 2009
45
13th
As far as I remember... well actually I don't
Rated 07 Aug 2012
7
68th
Atmospheric horror either works or it doesn't; there really isn't a middle ground. Fortunately for me, The Mothman Prophecies had me scared for most of its duration. The script and performances could be stronger, but the mystery and lack of information isolates the audience just as it does to Gere: you feel the fear the character does. I am pleasantly surprised as I was expecting pop-out scares and other hackneyed horror techniques.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
7
40th
Better than most psychic foreknowledge films.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
58
16th
Yeah this was pretty dull. I was tricked into watching this.
Rated 07 Jan 2009
31
13th
I've tryed to watch this movie at least 4 times. I only made it all the way through once. It's a bore-fest, not sure where the "suspense" or "thrill" is. If you need a sleep aid, look no further Mothman is it!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
41st
Gets points for giving me the creeps but I haven't felt compelled to rewatch it.

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