Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. 38
    Dukakis gets off some of the film's best lines and keeps the worst from sinking the whole affair; Polley's role is limited, but her character's audition for a feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here.
  2. 30
    As reasoning, this is manipulative -- as filmmaking, it’s dull.
  3. 30
    A deadly earnest, relentlessly solemn affair.
  4. Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm its emotion.
  5. Heartfelt but interminable movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Shot on crummy DV and told via flashbacks, the film largely plays out like a Reagan-era "Citizen Kane." Common sense wrecks even the film's funniest bit, and the director's nausea-inducing camera observes the hysteria in perpetual pan-and-scan.

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