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  • Summary: Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger appears with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction – Odd knows that his town is in seriousSmall-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger appears with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction – Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy (Addison Timlin) and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 2, 2014
    75
    Odd Thomas is a much better film than it's non-release would suggest. Hopefully one day it'll find it's audience and people will appreciate it for something other than just being better than "Phantoms."
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Feb 25, 2014
    60
    Sommers's script relies on rapid-fire banter between Odd, girlfriend Stormy Llewellyn (Addison Timlin) — yes, that's her real name — and Chief Porter (Dafoe), but occasionally feels forced.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Feb 26, 2014
    58
    Odd Thomas is at its best when it’s presenting — rather than commenting upon or explaining — juxtapositions of the wholesome and the supernatural.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jan 20, 2014
    50
    Sommers attempts to glue it all together with a raffish all-in-fun tone (despite some gory moments and unpleasant conceits), but the pic is neither witty nor macabre enough to pull off Koontz’s balance of elements in cinematic terms.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    At once comic, tragic and goofily romantic, and resting too often on Odd’s clarifying narration, this young-adult lark breaches the nonsense barrier with some regularity.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 26, 2014
    50
    Odd Thomas has high-speed chases, explosions, narrow escapes and masses of special effects—none special enough, I’m afraid, to save it from mediocrity.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 27, 2014
    25
    Yelchin is an immensely likable actor who does what he can, but his charm isn’t enough to save this awkwardly worded — and paced — wannabe thriller.

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  1. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    Having read all the odd series, I, AND MY FAMILY, EVEN THE ONES THAT HAVE NOT READ THEM, LOVED THE MOVIE. WE MISSED THIS IN THE THEATERS, BUTHaving read all the odd series, I, AND MY FAMILY, EVEN THE ONES THAT HAVE NOT READ THEM, LOVED THE MOVIE. WE MISSED THIS IN THE THEATERS, BUT WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IT THERE. WE ALL ARE HOPING FOR SEQUALS. PERSONALLY I WOULD CHANGE NOTHING IN THIS FILM. IT REALLY CLOSELY FOLLOWED MOST OF THE BOOK. I KNOW I WILL BUY THE DVDS FOR ALL SEQUALS, IF AVAILABLE. Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2014
    10
    its not a ten but pretty darn fun. needs to be more broad in scope which is what the sequel seems to be hinting at. the girl is a greatits not a ten but pretty darn fun. needs to be more broad in scope which is what the sequel seems to be hinting at. the girl is a great actress. dialogue is well written, a bit too smooth.i hope there is a sequel Expand
  3. May 19, 2014
    10
    Best movie I've seen in a very very long time! I'm really not a fan of suspense, but this movie was a lot of fun! The graphics wereBest movie I've seen in a very very long time! I'm really not a fan of suspense, but this movie was a lot of fun! The graphics were fantastic and the story was (in my opinion) better than the book. Some of the acting could have been a bit better, but most of the characters were actually WRITTEN to be a bit awkward, so most of it is actually very GOOD acting even though a few things seem a bit off. Excellent movie! Lots of fun. For those PG parents, there is a small bit of gore and tiny bit of sensuality. Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2014
    8
    This is a very fun movie and very enjoyable. I've never read the books before but it made me want to go out and start the series. Although I'dThis is a very fun movie and very enjoyable. I've never read the books before but it made me want to go out and start the series. Although I'd love to see sequels made, and for them to be released in theaters, I personally don't see it happening. The story is pretty single-minded and the fact that William Dafoe is in the movie was wasted on the fact that his character is the very definition of a "side-character". He's the only star power that exists in this movie and he was not used very well. Honestly, his presence could have been cut out the movie entirely if not for one major scene toward the end. The movie also suffers from a tone shift that occurs about 7-8 times in the movie. It goes from light-hearted to intense back to light-hearted, and so on. It changes so much you get the feeling that the writers were trying to keep you on your toes but it does nothing but confuse what was happening for me.
    However, I do love this movie and the actor's playing the lead characters are wonderful. Anton Yelchin does a great job as Odd and roles with the punches as everything comes. He also does a great job at conveying emotions and you don't see that too much with too many actors. I loved the interactions he had with his girlfriend Stormy were great. I thought the movie had alot of heart and I was able to get pretty emotionally invested in these characters.
    While the story isn't that powerful and the tone shifts will spin your head, this is a very well done movie, especially for one not deemed worthy of a U.S. release in theaters. You'll enjoy your time with this movie and that's not something you can say with alot of movies today.
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  5. Mar 2, 2014
    8
    It was faithful enough to the book to keep me hooked for the entirety of the movie. In the book Odd acts as a narrator, which was good, but inIt was faithful enough to the book to keep me hooked for the entirety of the movie. In the book Odd acts as a narrator, which was good, but in the movie it could have done without it, instead just showing the story. Other than that, though, I have no complaints. They even got the ending right. It may not be for everyone, but it is in this writer's opinion that it was a good flick. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2014
    8
    Based on the novel by award winning writer, Dean Koontz, comes the wildly successful Odd Thomas. This story was so popular, that it's becomeBased on the novel by award winning writer, Dean Koontz, comes the wildly successful Odd Thomas. This story was so popular, that it's become an entire series, one that Koontz has worked on almost exclusively since it's release. This unique story focuses on a unique man, with a unique name. Odd (Anton Yelchin) is a short order cook in a small California town, where he lives a relatively normal life with his girlfriend, Stormy. Odd is no different than any other twenty-something in town, except for the fact that he sees the dead, specifically people who died prematurely and under suspicious circumstances. They can't talk to him, but the spirits lead Odd to the evidence he needs to find the truth. When a strange man comes to town, the spirits lead Odd to be suspicious, and with good cause. Anton Yelchin stars and once again shows off his loveable charisma. There is something about him that makes Yelchin the guy that everyone wants to be friends with, an ability that comes across in every character he plays. Odd is no different, as he is this complete weirdo, but with an innocent quality, that just makes people want to like him. Here he's more than just a lovable goofball, but he's also an unofficial detective and hero, that people turn to in there time of need. Everyone knows he's weird, but few know his secret, one of those being the Chief of Police, played by the legendary Willem Dafoe. Dafoe usually portrays the bad guy, and it was interesting to see him take on a different challenge. Odd Thomas is smart and extremely well written, with a terrific cast, that really brings the story alive with their own unique style. The story may seem like it's a little out there, but it's not just science fiction, it's a story that crosses many genres and has something for everyone, an easy choice for our list of must see movies! Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2014
    4
    An almost solid movie horribly tainted by godawful effects. If the effects were at least just alright I could have given it a 7 because of theAn almost solid movie horribly tainted by godawful effects. If the effects were at least just alright I could have given it a 7 because of the solid script and cast but, I can't do that. If they do a sequel I hope they improve upon these effects. Expand

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