The Mist

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Good and creepy, The Mist comes from a Stephen King novella and is more the shape, size and quality of the recent “1408,” likewise taken from a King story, than anything in the persistently fashionable charnel house inhabited by the “Saw” and “Hostel” franchises.
  2. 88
    What a horror film SHOULD be - dark, tense, and punctuated by just enough gore to keep the viewer's flinch reflex intact.
  3. There's a grim modern parable to be read into the dangerous effects of the gospel-preaching local crazy lady Mrs. Carmody (brilliantly played by a hellfire Marcia Gay Harden) on a congregation of the fearful.
  4. 83
    What is surprising is how he (Darabont) rebounds from his weak, awkwardly compressed opening to produce one of the scariest King films since Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."
  5. In the parlance of the kids today, the movie totally goes there.
  6. 80
    I think this one of the first King movies to legitimately give me the creeps.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Ambrose
    80
    Criminally overlooked in the States, this is one of the best horror movies of the last few years.
  8. While it's riveting throughout, The Mist is a bit bloated.
  9. 75
    It's a B-movie with A-list aspirations, and it's at its best when it's not trying to be something it isn't.
  10. At its best, The Mist just wants to make you jump.
  11. 70
    Darabont doesn't match the sly cultural commentary of "The Host," a recent Korean import that also revamped the giant-monster genre, but his grocery-store survival drama, dominated by Marcia Gay Harden as a shrill fundamentalist, serves as a crude but effective allegory for post-9/11 America.
  12. The scenes that really work are the ones that take place outside the supermarket, in the beginning and at the end of the film. In fact, the "Twilight Zone"-inspired ending nearly makes up for all that comes before.
  13. Unlike King, Darabont ends this story with a drop kick to the cerebellum, a change from the original that shocks the viewer and leave little doubt that Darabont thinks we're all headed to hell in a hand basket.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    More thought-provoking than frightening. Its stubbornly cynical attitude makes it worth watching, more than the monsters or the impenetrable mist (which looks spewed from a fog machine) engulfing a small town in Maine.
  15. The movie has a monster problem -- the more you see of them, the less scary they are -- most of the characters are standard-issue types, and Harden seriously overdoes the pious psycho bit.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    63
    This one aims for bleak and hits it.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 366 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 168
  1. AndrewL
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    Once again i was almost fooled by the critics, the movie was brilliant. its actually very hardcore, not in a violent sense, although it is Once again i was almost fooled by the critics, the movie was brilliant. its actually very hardcore, not in a violent sense, although it is quite graphic. for a modern horror movie im surprised how little it makes you jump, this was a good thing, it didnt need cheap scare tactics to totally creep you out, it does it through the people in the mall and how they react to the situation. the movie really was great, scary, fun, intense, suspenseful, really just a great horror flick. the Ending, by far, is one of the most powerful pieces of cinema ive seen, ever. Full Review »
  2. Aug 4, 2015
    8
    "The Mist" doesn't really reach the heights of other classic masterpieces director Frank Darabont has directed before, but the movie does show"The Mist" doesn't really reach the heights of other classic masterpieces director Frank Darabont has directed before, but the movie does show his traditional style of excellence through solid film editing, stellar acting, and, despite what others have to say, a pretty good story with a creative ending different from its original source material. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    1
    It was pretty terrible and a rather generic film up until the very end, Literally the last scene of the film. Acting was below average and IIt was pretty terrible and a rather generic film up until the very end, Literally the last scene of the film. Acting was below average and I expected far better, The story wasnt interesting, and the ending was just so stupid but its a hilariously stupid ending (if you have a sick sense of humor like me). Its a rather trashy film if you ask me. Full Review »