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The Village

2004
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 48m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
85th
People think that Shyamalan is a horror director, and are disappointed when they go to his movies and fail to be scared. He is not, and really never has been, "a horror director." He directs dramas and uses mystery and fear to tell his stories. That said, The Village was an excellent example of a great Shyamalan movie with a very textured atmosphere.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
40
0th
For me, this film would have been amazing if the last 30 minutes were changed completely. Due to that measely 1/2 hour, the film ended on a miserable note and left me feeling angry. However, their are some very good points. The suspense was electrifying, and the viewer NEVER saw the plot twist. It's a movie that really challenges the viewer to pay attention. I also applaud the principles. They were phenomenal in their execution. Even so, the end practically obliterated everything else.
Rated 22 Jan 2007
90
91st
Too many people were distracted by thinking the point of the movie was that the village was not, in fact, in the past but rather present day. The true "twist" doesn't happen until the very end and I won't spoil it here but you should be able to pick it up. Anyhow, William Hurt is absolutely astounding, as usual, as well there are solid performances from everyone else, especially Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix and Brendan Gleeson. Worth seeing if you're a Shyamalan fan.
Rated 05 Jul 2015
78
40th
AKA "Shyamalan's Fall." The plot is straight-up stolen from the YA book "Running Out of Time" (I had read it prior to seeing the film, but didn't know of any connection - an unpleasant surprise), and the reveal of the monsters' true nature is a bigger letdown than the Star Wars prequels. The actors do what they can, and there are a couple of genuinely startling moments, but the overall experience was incredibly disappointing. If only this was as bad as Shaymalan would get...
Rated 24 Sep 2015
79
65th
I won't spoil the end but the twist for me was that Bryce Dallas Howard was supposed to be blind. Whoah!
Rated 23 May 2007
2
21st
Is this some sort of weird allegory about quasi-fascist Amish people? Skirts by on morbid curiosity and elegant visuals, but the text is bad ("those we do not speak of" and "the bad color" and "magic rocks"), and it quickly degenerates into a series of improbable and unearned twists.
Rated 02 May 2021
79
30th
Not bad. I can see where some were disappointed, seeing as it was advertised as a horror film and it really isn't, but I think it still works well enough on its own rights as a period piece. I wish the twist was handled a bit more carefully and I'm scratching my head about a couple of plot points registering Brody's character and the final few minutes, but it's beautifully filmed and I personally liked the score, cinematography, and almost all of the acting. Decent film overall.
Rated 19 Aug 2010
55
53rd
Shyamalan’s most interesting movie. Appreciating it probably depends to some extent on being able to view it as an allegorical parable rather than as really any kind of conventional or generic “thriller”. The politics of the allegory are ambiguous, depending to a large extent on precisely who it is that one understands the villagers to be representing, but it is difficult to say more about this without discussing plot details.
Rated 09 May 2010
80
77th
I don't understand why so many people don't like this film. To me, the imagery was splendid. The use of colors was very beautifully considered, stylistally I just loved it. You never really know what to expect from Joaquin Phoenix, but I really liked the performances here in general. And the plot twists and the eery feeling that you never quite know if those damned monsters exist or not. In conclusion: in spite of the lack of a superb ending, I was spooked and thrilled. Good film!
Rated 21 Apr 2007
44
14th
Shyamalan's pretty good at directing (maybe not anymore), he just sucks at writing. Way to many plot twists for its own good.
Rated 15 Mar 2017
65
51st
Misleading marketing condemned this Shyamalan effort to an overwhelming negative reception among moviegoers, who were understandably expecting a horror film. The Village however is a flawed but consistently engaging drama that's wonderfully shot, offers thought-provoking themes and boasts fine performances from Howard and Hurt.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
85
77th
M. Night get's so much crap but I absolutely love his storytelling, and the cinematography for this one is particularly eye catching.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
41st
Lots of plot holes, but it sure doesn't deserve all these bad reviews. It's better than Signs, at least.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
87
81st
I personally saw the twist as fairly ingenious. It could have ended a hundred different ways, but this is honestly something that could really happen. For me, that's even scarier. As far as modern mainstream thrillers go, I found it refreshing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
23rd
This director's films revolve around their twists and here, it actually turns out to be what you first expect and dismiss for being too obvious. Disappointing but with moments of brilliant tension.
Rated 21 Nov 2009
85
56th
I actually really liked this movie, the ending could have been better excecuted, but it did not seem all that silly to me.
Rated 13 Jul 2007
20
9th
And the same trick again of mr. Shyamalan. I'm fed up with this director, although this movie is more or less oke, he's using the same plotline over-and-over in his movies. Boring...
Rated 10 Sep 2009
65
35th
The movie is great if you don't expect it to be a horror movie
Rated 28 Jun 2010
55
53rd
I enjoyed Shyamalan's visual direction. The concept is interesting, but I already expected the twist because I read "Running Out Of Time". Although some of the plot points don't work perfectly, I think more people would like it if it wasn't marketed as a horror film.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
65
45th
I preferred Signs and The Sixth Sense, but this movie is not nearly as bad as reviews would have lead me to beleive. The plot is a bit sketchy but its actually beautifully filmed and I enjoyed the talented cast.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
10
99th
This is why cinema exists. I wouldn't change a single shot, or line or sound in this film. The most mature, thematically rich and poetic work in Shyamalan's career. And the most tragic one too - in a filmography of 6 consequent movies about Love, here in the middle we find it defeated by the Lie.
Rated 12 Apr 2012
24
3rd
Spoiler Alert ahead: While casting Adrian Brody in a tiny role of major significance may have seemed like a good idea, the movie was released right after he won the Oscar for Best Actor. This is the opposite of Unbreakable which was marketed so well, giving you almost no information about the movie you were to see.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
53rd
Shyamalan's bold attempt at doing the obvious things in a different way. Or different things in rather obvious way?
Rated 28 Apr 2017
30
14th
I didn't like the fact that director is 100 % sure that he is telling an incredible story which would shock the audience. Actually it's a too overt of a didactic story about authoritarian regimes, about closed societies and social experiments in search of utopias. Blind girl as the seeker of truth as in the cave of Plato is too superficial as well. Reminds me of Dogtooth, which is far more better than this childish moral tale.
Rated 12 Dec 2009
95
77th
Every time I watch this, I am amazed at the incredible acting and cinematography. I love how Night combines a19th century, post-apocalyptic, horror feel with the coziness of a small, tightly-knit community.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
65
43rd
This is a movie you like or dislike. I didn't like it. A thriller must be more excited then what we get here. Not so interesting film for me. Boring !!
Rated 14 Jun 2009
30
9th
Shyamalan is a hack. It's the *exact* same plot as a book I read as a kid, "Running Out of Time". Seriously, what the fuck.
Rated 13 Nov 2014
55
17th
Pretty weak effort that has some missed potential. I liked the initial set-up & atmosphere and Bryce Dallas Howard isn't terrible. Descends pretty quickly into the typical M. Night Shyamalan silliness. It's really quite sad how he still thinks he is some kind of modern Hitchcock.
Rated 03 Mar 2010
50
9th
Each of Shyamalan's films concern a bereaved man who willfully walls himself from reality. In the first three films, circumstances intervene which result in the man rejoining the world. Not so in The Village, which ends more or less where it started, and makes you wonder what the point was.
Rated 27 Dec 2006
65
52nd
By the time this came out, the "twists" were expected, probably why I figured it out so fast. That gave me time to enjoy the acting though. It wasn't my favorite, but it kept my attention.
Rated 16 Jan 2007
75
93rd
shyamalan is a real master
Rated 22 Jul 2008
45
29th
To be honest, I thought it was okay. I actually liked the twist ending, and the plotline was interesting ( At first ).
Rated 22 Feb 2007
88
70th
everybody told me they hated this movie...i personally just dont think they are intelligent to understand what happens at the end...i liked this
Rated 04 Jul 2013
68
89th
Easily the best Shyamalan.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
80
86th
A somewhat contrived plot elevated to a magnificent movie by sheer great craftsmanship. IMO Shyamalan's best (a statement that used to mean something)
Rated 30 Mar 2007
40
23rd
You can predict the ending after the first quarter of an hour. Not much in between those two points, either
Rated 02 Jun 2008
67
20th
To be honest, the months up until this movie came out were like waiting forever for me. I thought that it would be amazing. I watched and re-watched the trailer again and again, thinking of how this movie would change the spectrum on horror, suspense and mystery. And for the most part, I was right... The first 75 percent of this movie left me wanting more. The ending... Seemed to come from nowhere, and ruined the rest of the film. It could have been so much better. So much.
Rated 20 Nov 2018
54
17th
Has an interesting framework but fails to develop its themes and conflict and so many of the characters are woefully underwritten for a cast of this caliber.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
15
1st
Shyamalan was one of my favorite directors until I rented this stinker and watched it TWICE. I'm still recovering. Howard is anything but convincing, dialogue is stilted, and what could have been an interesting premise is handled so terribly I can't even begin to describe it. Shyamalan's movies usually have holes, and I'm alright with that, but the ones in this were just too much to ignore. Even Phoenix, who I think is a great actor, comes off bad in this. Watch his first three movies instead.
Rated 27 May 2007
0
2nd
So bad I booed leaving the theater.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
55
75th
"The first major studio film that fully tackles post-9/11 paranoia...a stunningly effective political film...not only Shyamalan's best film, but his most challenging."
Rated 30 Apr 2021
64
17th
Not nearly as bad past viewers have lead me to believe, I thought this was pretty decent. I had just watched "The Happening" a day prior, so my opinion may be tainted. This is probably the best I've seen Howard, though I haven't seen her in much more than Yurass is Park. A very cool and interesting idea for a plot that is mostly done pretty well. The ending was maybe a little than I was expecting, but I wasn't really to mad about it. All of the acting is pretty solid, and the score is great.
Rated 23 Nov 2008
72
47th
I hear a lot of crap thrown at this movie for the twist, but I really enjoyed it. I'm not even a huge Shyamalan fan, I just enjoyed the film. There's a lot more here than most people realize, I advise a second viewing to anyone who's only seen it once.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
13th
M. Night's weakest output to date...not a very good use of the talented ensemble that was in this movie
Rated 26 Feb 2008
65
68th
Great twist. It's possible to see it coming, and remains interesting anyway.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
50
36th
The "twist" is executed with all the grace of a giraffe riding a unicycle, and there are a metric shitload of plot-holes, but honestly, it's not that bad. Shyamalan has a knack for interesting imagery and the use of colour in this film is really quite striking at times. Good performance from Bryce Dallas Howard too (even though I think she forgets she's meant to be blind once or twice).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
78th
Loved the nuances of the film. Fantastic score.
Rated 26 Oct 2010
30
17th
The Village is a film that opened with a bang, and this ultimately ended up hurting it. None of the characters get to develop right off the bat, meaning that when disasters occur, you don't care for any of them. The twists that the plot goes through end up being silly, and hurt the story. If nothing else, the score of the movie is nice, so at least while you are nodding off from the lack of genuine scares, the music will help you in your quest for sleep.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
3
3rd
Unfathomably boring movie with rancid dialogue, horrid acting and the usual lazy, gimmicky twist. Gradeschool filmmaking with huge budget. Embarassing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
26th
I guess the best I can say about this movie is....it wasn't as bad as I expected. It just wasn't particularly good, either. I found myself pretty darn bored by the 'A' storyline; what I really wanted to know more about was the adults' story. What really drove them here? What was their in-depth story? I mean, how do you hire William Hurt, Brendan Gleeson and Cherry Jones -- and use them for a total of, like, 20 minutes screentime?!? I just don't get that.
Rated 15 Nov 2008
90
73rd
One of my favorite films by M. Night Shyamalan
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
9th
Well made. Bad ending.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
15
8th
Terrifyingly slow pacing. Mindnumbingly boring. I should give this a zero but hey, William Hurt.
Rated 13 Jun 2012
60
68th
My favorite of his films, which isn't saying much but in this case I thought it was well-done, not entirely predictable, and less trite than one usually finds in his version of morality. Obviously - very obviously - closely based on one chapter/parable in Robert Sheckley's 'Journey of Joenes'.
Rated 04 Jan 2008
67
36th
If the plot had been tightened up this would have been Shyamalan's best film. It looks great and has an incredible score, but once the film starts falling apart, all the tension is gone.
Rated 16 Apr 2011
40
14th
The first half, despite some mis-steps, is fairly compelling. It slips more and more as it progresses, though, and by the time its infamous tweest rolls around, it's fallen far.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
10th
To the director: Stop riding the coat-tails of your success with The 6th Sense, and actually try to direct something!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
99th
one of the most beautifully made movies i've ever seen
Rated 14 Aug 2007
15
11th
Don't expect anything from this movie. It's an initially interesting flick that changes course about three to four times throughout the movie, cannot seem to make up it's mind on the subject of a main character, and features the typical Shyamalan twist that in the case of this movie is pretty easy to predict in the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
52
25th
It's really sad that I would've preferred it to just be a monster flick like the previews hinted at. Still a decent movie, but the twist didn't really shock me at all (and I'm a very easy person to fool).
Rated 01 Nov 2008
30
2nd
Supremely stupid.
Rated 05 Jan 2010
68
15th
The last Shyamalan movie worth watching, in my opinion. Probably isn't as good as I remember either. Saw it in theaters, so I think I was still in middle school.
Rated 03 Sep 2010
53
14th
Two days later, the Village was finally revealed when google came in to do streetview.
Rated 05 Jul 2008
45
14th
Fail.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
52
43rd
It's an interesting thought, and not a surprising one in these time. Perhaps this movie will help those so inclined with historical perspective on the lives of those in the 19th century versus ours in the 21st. (This movie is not suspenseful, thrilling, or horrific. It's a curious drama.)
Rated 28 Nov 2011
50
23rd
I can look back on this film and see some merit in it. However when I saw it in theaters it pissed me off that the trailer made this look like a monster movie in Puritanical times (highly original), and the movie turned out to anything but. I should probably watch it again with low expectations but I just don't have any desire to.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
74th
Very well done, very visually impressive, and strong acting. My only gripe is that it spends a bit too much time focusing on everyday life. I understand their lives/character needs to be established, but the suspense and horror portions should be the focus, and it didn't feel that way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
36
2nd
There are really no twists at all, which is a lot of the problem.
Rated 25 May 2009
89
26th
Great twist at the end. Not what you would expect. Too bad many people did not like it.
Rated 25 Jun 2017
50
23rd
While The Village is atmospherically creepy and occasionally shocking, Shyamalan's twist ending ruins the film.
Rated 18 Jun 2009
45
6th
It was all good until they tell you the end...at the middle of the movie
Rated 27 Nov 2006
25
6th
Kept waiting for the exciting conclusion to come... it never did. Also terrible use of Adrien Brody's talents. Coulda had a nobody playing his character and it probably would've been the better effect.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
60
25th
Not bad but the most predictable m. night movie i've seen.. a bit disappointing
Rated 28 Aug 2007
89
24th
I like the director. Good suspense. Good surprising ending.
Rated 03 Nov 2009
70
42nd
Buena
Rated 27 Dec 2008
70
45th
Catchy.
Rated 15 Jun 2008
100
90th
Very intelligent and a wonderful twist halfway through the movie involving Joachim Phoenix.
Rated 25 Feb 2009
60
10th
Some good tension, but overall a weak story hurts this one.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
43
9th
"SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU" CALLED, IT WANTS ITS ENDING BACK
Rated 10 Oct 2023
84
23rd
This is the beginning of the end for Shyamalan. A promising premise and some well-crafted tension goes to waste with one of the dumbest twist endings in film history that kind of invalidates everything we had just watched. Side note - I also dislike how the director goes for a Hitchcockian inclusion of himself in every movie. Whereas Hitchcock would disappear into the background of certain shots, Shyamalan gives himself speaking parts and his cameo here is particularly jarring and egregious.
Rated 18 May 2007
3
0th
fuck m night shymalan
Rated 01 Jan 2010
70
8th
Not much of an ending.
Rated 05 Jul 2007
79
46th
Bryce dallas howard gives a great preformance.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
12th
The village has atmosphere, but not much else in the way of good plot or characters.
Rated 30 Aug 2009
65
62nd
Actually kind of enjoyed this.
Rated 22 Jan 2009
86
56th
This got mixed reviews, but probably more positive than negative compared to some of his later work. I liked it. I'm a big fan of emnightshamalamading-dong!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
1st
Horribly boring with laughable twists.
Rated 13 Jan 2008
20
7th
Where is the point? The punchline appears to be thrown by an asthmatic kitten, and scary it ain't.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
75th
Excellent performances throughout especially from Bryce Dallas Howard, but remember that it's not a horror movie so you won't be disappointed.
Rated 09 Nov 2008
85
88th
Good movie not the same old schlock. Some people dont like the director, dont know why.
Rated 12 May 2008
80
30th
shyamalan is very good in his league: suspense.
Rated 16 Oct 2007
50
15th
Disappointing movie from the maker of Sixth Sense
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
19th
By this point, it was pretty clear that Shyamalan was getting exponentially worse with each film, but I was drawn to The Village nonetheless. It turned out to be exponentially more predictable, sloppily written, plot hole filled, and annoying than his previous films. Expectations met, I guess. Crap!
Rated 16 Nov 2007
25
24th
unfortunately predictable, but pretty to look at.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
67th
Very good movie!! The Director have a very odd name, but he always makes good movies
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
20th
predictable and stupid plot twist, but looked good color-wise
Rated 26 Jul 2008
55
18th
The first half was good, the last half was not. The twist was lame but the music was good. Love/hate relationship with it.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
20
3rd
nice twist at the end but pointless conclusion, most of the film is stretched and boring
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
12th
M.Night Sucksalan
Rated 28 Sep 2008
40
16th
Once again .. Fuck M. Night Shymalayan..

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