Signs

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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. Newsweek
    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: 88 out of 144
  2. Negative: 35 out of 144
  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. DavidS
    Oct 27, 2008
    10
    A thoroughly under-rated masterpiece. After watching the trailers for this movie, I can see why some people were disapointed. The trailers A thoroughly under-rated masterpiece. After watching the trailers for this movie, I can see why some people were disapointed. The trailers seemed to have been geared to attract the 'War of the Worlds' fans. However, a lot of peop-le seemed to have missed the raw craft and style with which 'Signs' is executed. To begin with, M.Night Shalamyn's movies scare me the most out of any other movies I have seen. His use of manipulative camera angles, building music, and slow development create some truly memorable moments. On top of this, the back-story is extremely believable, the acting is unique and top-notch, and the musical score is brilliant. It is a very subtle movie, however, so only people who actually like HORROR should watch it, and watch it alone. All you guys who just want to see blood and boobs should watch Hostel or some other piece of garbage with your friends. Expand
  3. Apr 5, 2016
    9
    An eerie, suspenseful, emotionally touching near masterpiece. With a great cast giving great performances, a witty, brilliant, and extremelyAn eerie, suspenseful, emotionally touching near masterpiece. With a great cast giving great performances, a witty, brilliant, and extremely detailed script, and some expertly sensitive direction, this may be Shyamalan's best movie. It's such a shame that he had to go into such a downward spiral. I truly hope he gets his mojo back because his first 3 films (this one especially) were just brilliant. Signs will scare you senseless because Shyamalan knew how to build the suspense slowly and effectively, with hints of menacing creatures, not guts and gore. The incredible score by Newton also adds layers of astonishing depth onto the already touching story and nuanced performances. A classic, plain and simple. Its reputation will only grow as time goes on. Expand
  4. Mack
    Jan 6, 2009
    8
    Yes the statement that the director is trying to make is silly and heavy handed. However, his ability to make the events seem like they could Yes the statement that the director is trying to make is silly and heavy handed. However, his ability to make the events seem like they could really happen and the reactions of the characters play out very realistically before they collapse at the end. The build up is definitely worth putting up with some dissapointment at the end. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    6
    The fact that M. Night Shyamalan directed this movie is unbelievable. The movie wasn't all that great in general, with its only-okay actingThe fact that M. Night Shyamalan directed this movie is unbelievable. The movie wasn't all that great in general, with its only-okay acting and decidedly tedious story, but for an M. Night Shyamalan film, this is like "The Godfather". 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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