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  • Summary: Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message - an intricate pattern of circles and lines - carved into his crops. (Touchstone Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. 100
    The work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    One of the things that makes Signs such a refreshing summer movie is that it goes against almost all the grains of contemporary Hollywood razzle-dazzle filmmaking -- as did “The Sixth Sense.”
  3. 80
    For filmgoers whose idea of a good time is getting the stuffing scared out of them (who are you guys, anyway?), Signs should prove to be time well spent.
  4. 67
    Parcels out information like a triage medic doling out morphine; every tiny bit is carefully considered and then rationed out as though he were terrified he might exhaust his supply before the closing credits.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    All smoke and mirrors. With his third straight excursion into the supernatural, M. Night Shyamalan has begun revealing the hand that works his spooky tricks so much that the lack of substance is plainly seen.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    As a scare picture, Signs is good enough. As a religious parable, it's scarier -- and I don't mean that as a compliment.
  7. 10
    Sitting through the last reel is significantly less charming than listening to a four-year-old with a taste for exaggeration recount his Halloween trip to the Haunted House.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 139
  2. Negative: 35 out of 139
  1. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    The best M night Shyamalan movie ever made with so much style and fright that the build up of this movie will leave you breathtaken. thisThe best M night Shyamalan movie ever made with so much style and fright that the build up of this movie will leave you breathtaken. this buildup all leads up to the end which will give you your breath back to rethink everything you have seen from a new perspective. If one has faith to watch m night shyamalan's best feature you will be gladly surprised. Expand
  2. AlexZ.
    May 15, 2009
    10
    This is a movie about hope. It's tagline for me is "Can it be there are no coincidents?". Some people think that it advocates religion This is a movie about hope. It's tagline for me is "Can it be there are no coincidents?". Some people think that it advocates religion and faith. I think the return of Graham at the end to religion is a plot device and a necessary parabol for everyone else, as we all have hopes and faith, each at different grounds. I felt deeply emotional by the end of this film. A miracle is the final ring of a chain which start from us. Among the most humanist film I've seen. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2011
    9
    After my confrontation with solid foreshadowing "The Sixth Sense" and a not great, but very good "Unbreakable", M. Night Shyamalan did his jobAfter my confrontation with solid foreshadowing "The Sixth Sense" and a not great, but very good "Unbreakable", M. Night Shyamalan did his job once again to give me his best to scare the living heck out of my soul with "Signs".

    The story/premise about a preacher, his younger brother and his two children something very horrifying was spooky, yet very cool. The moral lesson about faith is really the right thing to teach your kids when you're in a church.

    Before I continue, I just want to say that I only go to church once in a few years or so. Just to remind you.

    Back to the review. The tone of this movie was absolutely dark and I think it was very good when it comes to other movies with darker overtones. Even the action was very impressive.

    I also liked the actors for doing such a great job, especially Mel Gibson. Everywhere he goes, "Hamlet", "Braveheart", "Pocahontas", "Chicken Run", "The Patriot", you name it.

    Signs is an entertaining movie and it's M. Night Shyamalan's strongest works in my opinion despite the fact that I didn't like the way his career later went downhill for such stinkers like "The Village", "The Lady In The Water", and "The Happening". "The Last Airbender", unlike his previous films, was a guilty pleasure in which you already know that.

    The ending was weak and too cliched it ruined a fewer aspects of the story.

    Bottomline: Great movie, worth checking out.

    9/10
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  4. NickS.
    Aug 2, 2002
    8
    Signs was exactly what we needed this summer. A fun, entertaining film that makes you think. It was an enjoyable theatre-going experience Signs was exactly what we needed this summer. A fun, entertaining film that makes you think. It was an enjoyable theatre-going experience with a lot of scares as well as humor. Mel Gibson has never been better and the rest of the cast was fantastic, especially the kids. Shyamalan is a natural at working with kids. I had no idea what this film was about going in, but I left extremely satisfied as well as feeling good about life. It's nice to watch a film about something that matters and also be entertained by it. Shyamalan is a definite talent and I can't wait to see what he brings us next. Blanco can kiss my ass!!! Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    5
    I have been a fan of M. Night Shyamalan in the past but this film did not do it for me. I'll give credit to Mel Gibson on this one as II have been a fan of M. Night Shyamalan in the past but this film did not do it for me. I'll give credit to Mel Gibson on this one as I thought he was a strong point but there is not a huge twist that we expect in this film. Not even comparable to Unbreakable or The Sixth Sense. Expand
  6. NickA.
    Sep 9, 2006
    3
    Once again Mr. Shyamalan makes another film that seriously dents what reputation he had left as a director and writer. He manages to take Once again Mr. Shyamalan makes another film that seriously dents what reputation he had left as a director and writer. He manages to take some interesting themes and then cheats the viewer with a simplistic and cop-out ending which left me wanting to put my foot through the TV screen! Regardless of how good a movie is, what directors need to remember is the viewers lasting impression of a film is how the strands are brought together at the end. After two good first efforts Mr. Shyamalan is hurtling into meltdown. Expand
  7. RyanM
    Jan 9, 2009
    0
    Horrible Movie. Cheesy and unrealistic. It advertised that it is going to follow the mythology of Earth's encounters with Horrible Movie. Cheesy and unrealistic. It advertised that it is going to follow the mythology of Earth's encounters with extra-terrestrials. Instead you get a completely shallow suspense film with an unoriginal story. If you want good science fiction you will be terribly disappointed. Expand

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