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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. 75
    A faithful remake of the 1976 film, and that's a relief; it depends on characters and situations and doesn't go berserk with visuals.
  2. 63
    There are no surprises for anyone who's seen the earlier version, and younger horror fans may find the modest body count and restrained gore unsatisfying.
  3. Despite slick camera work by Jonathan Sela and intense, naturalistic performances by Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles, The Omen retains the aura of ceremonious kitsch of the first movie, favoring a well-lighted, upscale Goth aesthetic punctuated with flashes of well-timed, cymbal-crashing shockers and giggly camp.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Harper
    50
    If the movie didn't take itself so seriously, it could have been a great popcorn muncher. As is, it'll still work fine for those willing to forgive its trespasses.
  5. New director John Moore just doesn't have original director Richard Donner's filmmaking flair, so the same scenes done the same way on phony-looking Prague locations without the benefit of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score just seem terminally slow and flat.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    Yet another remake no one needs is The Omen.
  7. Compared to Al Gore's new global-warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," The Omen makes the Apocalypse look comforting and child-friendly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. DamionH.
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    I thought it was a faithful adaption prehaps a bit too slick, but well done.
  2. Dan
    Jul 25, 2006
    9
    Really enjoyable and probably a better film than the original. I have been a fan of the director for a while and his choice of actors over stars was a wise one. The death scenes are really cool and the new music is also quite good . Worth a watch if you like horror and depite what others say its my fav movie of the year so far. Expand
  3. AaronM.
    Aug 31, 2006
    7
    It's actually pretty good...really scary, unlike most of the horror crap we get these days.
  4. ChadS.
    Jun 6, 2006
    4
    For sure, the dog is less scary than the original. He's not bulky enough to be satan's pet. The key scenes might be better staged and photographed, but like the second trilogy of "Star Wars" films, new and improved isn't necessarily better. If you never saw the original with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, you'll probably enjoy "The Omen". This new version feels a little off from the get-go. Since the film already knows that Damien is the devil's offspring, the montage of the boy's infancy is probably accompanied with the wrong music. Where is that foreboding sense that Damien isn't quite right, which Katherine(Julia Stiles) indicates later in the film. Expand
  5. SkipH.
    Oct 22, 2006
    4
    Hard to see why this remake was made.
  6. Jun 8, 2014
    3
    Stick with the original. This remake is scene for scene but not as scary or well acted. Hollywood: DONT REMAKE A MOVIE UNLESS YOUR GOING TO IMPROVE IT! 3/10 Expand
  7. E.B.
    Jun 6, 2006
    0
    Absolute trash of a movie. Go see something uplifting instead!

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