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  • Summary: A suspense-filled thriller about a man (Gere) driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death -- and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away. (Screen Gems)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out.
  2. 80
    Pellington's sharp, fastball compositions and nerve-splintering cutting style are of a piece with such intelligence, devilishly mixing shock with optimism.
  3. 75
    Like a time-travel movie, but without the time travel, The Mothman Prophecies delights in playing with cause-and-effect relationships.
  4. 50
    Enjoyable, if utterly stupid, upscale entry in the old Amityville Horror genre -- that is, a horror film allegedly based on spooky and inexplicable real-life events.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    50
    The movie goes after our dreams by dragging them through our Sept. 11 nightmares with an apocalyptic finale so ludicrous, overedited, and from out of nowhere that it's hard to follow, let alone to believe it's happening.
  6. 50
    There is very little about the hoary conventions of The Mothman Prophecies that couldn't be improved by a little levity, a little more sunlight and some judicious cutting.
  7. 30
    This mumbo-jumbo plays like The X Files on Prozac. No wonder the actors look narcotized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. MarcosD.
    Jan 16, 2010
    10
    A film that respects the audience's intelligence. The unknown is the scariest film. This is one of the best films ever made.
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    9
    The Mothman Prophecies really delivers when watched in the dark late at night. The film is really unsettling at times, and it regularly sent chills through my body. The movie effectively uses science and the soundtrack to bolster the supernatural to make it all the more creepy. I can't wait for it to come out on Blu-ray. Expand
  3. DevonS
    May 13, 2008
    7
    Easily maintains a creepy atmosphere due to the fact that it never actually shows the "Mothman." But, at times, I was wondering if any more was going to be explained. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2010
    7
    Very creepy film. It was legitimately scary. Richard Gere did a great job bringing in the Drama of the whole story without taking away the scary aspect. I was glued to the screen. I didnt want it to end. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2012
    7
    This film did a brilliant job at creeping me out. It is by no means a jump out of your seat 'Ooo! Loud noise and scary face' sort of horror, but it was the subtlety and suggestion that made it so unsettling. If you're the sort of person who likes to pick apart films and discredits them for anything not based 100% in reality then sure, there's a fair bit to criticise. It's not totally realistic but at the same time it's not so far-fetched that you disregard it straight away. All in all, I thought this was a pretty solid film, good cast, great story, great execution. Definitely worth a watch in my opinion. Expand
  6. AmurabiM.
    May 20, 2006
    5
    Despite its visuals, director Pellington (Arlington Road) has a big flaw in this film. He tries to make a psychological thriller and the studio sells the movie as a horror film, so ¿what´s the genre of this?. As a horror film is just adequate, creating a supernatural atmosphere that is right and appropriate. As a psichological thriller, the film loses vibe `cause the characters looks too weird. Pellington´s love for symmetry (check all the scenes with a symmetric kind of view) and style, confuses the story and makes the film a little bit oversaturated (too much filters, camera moves and weird camera angles). The Mothman Prophecies loses impact for its accent in to be diferent from the usual films of the genre. Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2012
    0
    worth the rent for sure. As an adult, i was creeped out for a while just walking around my dark house. Let me qualify that by saying that I love scary/horror but they have no residual effect on me. I might be anxious during the movie but when it's over and the lights are on....nothin' there. Not so with mothman...at one point a few nights after watching it, i woke up to a red LED on my clock that in my half-sleep mind, i was sure the mothman's eyes were watching me.... Expand

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