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  • Summary: David Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery store by a strange, otherworldly mist. David is the first to realize that there are “things” lurking in the mist…deadly, horrifying things…creatures not of this world. Survival depends on everybody in the store pulling together…but is that possible, given human nature? As reason crumbles in the face of fear and panic, David begins to wonder what terrifies him more: the monsters in the mist—or the ones “inside” the store, the human kind, the people that until now had been his friends and neighbors? (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  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. In the parlance of the kids today, the movie totally goes there.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Ambrose
    Criminally overlooked in the States, this is one of the best horror movies of the last few years.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  5. 60
    The Mist is itself a supermarket of B-movie essentials, handsomely stocked with bad science, stupid behavior, chewable lines of dialogue, religious fruitcakes, and a fine display of monsters.
  6. The brutally ironic ending, I might add, won't make anybody very happy about having chosen The Mist for their evening's entertainment.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    A lumbering and depressing movie.

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  1. AndrewL
    Jul 10, 2009
    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. Expand
  2. MichaelL.
    Dec 2, 2007
    At last, a smart, scary, fearless American horror film. 2007 has been a bleak year for terror, and with critics anointing the ghastly "1408" and the dumb-dumb "The Host" as brilliant, I wasn't expecting much from "The Mist". I was mistaken. Excellent acting (Bravo, Marcia Gay Harden!), some jump-out-of-your seat jolts, and an all-too real ending make this the best creepshow I've seen since 2006's "The Descent". Simple-minded viewers who need a "let's kick some Martian butt!" all-American ending will be angry at the conclusion of this film... good! Thank God Darabont had the clarity of vision to see this thing through to its (blessedly non-heavy metal soundtrack) closing credits. Expand
  3. UlfE.
    Apr 5, 2008
    The movie has truly scary moments and manages to create a hopeless and eerie atmosphere. It
  4. MikeS
    Dec 14, 2007
    Having read the story a few years ago, I was very interested in watching this movie, even with the mixed reviews it got. I thought it was very well done, and the creatures were terrifying, each more gruesome than the last! The tentacles were a bit unconvincing, but other than that, excellent special effects. Tension mounting as the people got more and more frazzled by the experience, until the protagonists were forced to leave for fear of what the others in the store would do to them, and barely escape with their lives. The main character makes a snap decision during the escape that leads to having to make a difficult decision later. The ending was an emotional kick in the gut (different from the short story) , very unexpected! Expand
  5. LexL
    May 17, 2008
    Overall the movie was good. I would of probably rated it an 8 if I didn't have a son myself. The father was so protective and passionate about saving his life, then makes a 2 minute decision to kill him. It was disturbing and I would of let it go until I saw all the Christian wannabes being saved by the military. Then I felt hatred. If that was their intentions then well done. But I won't watch it again Expand
  6. GraemeW
    Jun 16, 2008
    Would of given it a couple of points more , if it wasn't the cheap trick of an ending , I do not need sugar sweetened , but 5 going out like that, unbelievable bunch of losers, the rest average b grade, not even funny, dialogue written by a 13 year old, but suppose that's Mr King, read him at that age. Don't mind my team losing as long as they play- bunch of losers Expand
  7. LeeL.
    Nov 23, 2007
    This was garbage, without a single authentic reaction from any of the actors, warmed-over horror cliches without an ounce of fresh air, and absurd pretension pawned off as knowing social commentary. Maybe it would work for five-year-olds. Expand

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