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  • Summary: In this chilling, psychological thriller, 8-year-old Cole Sear (Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Confused by his paranormal powers, Cole is too young to understand his purpose and too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. MalcolmIn this chilling, psychological thriller, 8-year-old Cole Sear (Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Confused by his paranormal powers, Cole is too young to understand his purpose and too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the ominous truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something harrowing...and unexplainable. (Hollywood Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. I haven't been so captivated, chilled and surprised by a movie in years.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The filmmaker keeps upping the ante with surprises until the plot-twist beaut that concludes the picture - a shocker that, upon reflection, is probably the one ending that wouldn't have fallen a little flat.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    Chalk this film up as an unusually intelligent thriller about that which scares us the most: accepting our accidents of fate.
  4. If this isn't the single best performance ever by a preadolescent male (Osment) in a motion picture, then it's tied for whatever is first.
  5. Reviewed by: Walaika Haskins
    70
    Although the film occasionally descends into mawkishness, Shyamalan is skilled at bringing the tension to excruciating heights.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Borderline dull to sit through, The Sixth Sense is actually rather interesting to think about afterward because of the revelation of its ending.
  7. Because it unfolds like a garish hybrid of Simon Birch and What Dreams May Come, with some horror-movie touches thrown in to keep us from nodding off, "The Sixth Sense" appears to have been concocted at exactly the moment Hollywood was betting on supernatural schmaltz.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 63
  2. Negative: 1 out of 63
  1. sLm
    Oct 5, 2012
    10
    The mother practically made me break down in tears, and not to mention the awesome ending. Amazing film.
  2. MarcusL.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    This movie was great. The twists and turns that kept wondering what is going to happen next keeping you very interested in the movie the This movie was great. The twists and turns that kept wondering what is going to happen next keeping you very interested in the movie the whole time. It was very creepy at parts, and its opening and closing scenes were great. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    10
    One of the best movie twists ever. Unfortunately my sister spoiled it for me and told me before I ever saw it and really, that IS the movie.One of the best movie twists ever. Unfortunately my sister spoiled it for me and told me before I ever saw it and really, that IS the movie. Done very well and great acting. Expand
  4. JackS.
    Dec 17, 2008
    9
    I was truely amazed with Bruce Willis. Every movie he plays in is always pretty good. This movie was outstanding. The ending was great the I was truely amazed with Bruce Willis. Every movie he plays in is always pretty good. This movie was outstanding. The ending was great the middle scenes were suspencful. The dead people walking around was a little disturbing, but it kept you watching. I say this is more of a suspence movie rather then a horror. It wasn't that scary, more starteling. A little messed up and creepy at parts, but that was the main part of the movie. The little child in this movie did a great job. I can always see that he was scared. I liked the beggining, middle, and end of this suspenceful film. Expand
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    9
    A great debut feature by M. Night Shyamalan. It's chilling with great performances by Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis. Plus the twistA great debut feature by M. Night Shyamalan. It's chilling with great performances by Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis. Plus the twist ending is perfect. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2014
    8
    M. Night Shyamalan's best, if not only, good movie. An even paced supernatural thriller with intensive and realistic acting, with Haley JoelM. Night Shyamalan's best, if not only, good movie. An even paced supernatural thriller with intensive and realistic acting, with Haley Joel particularly amazing, and with a shocking that's the perfect payload. I can't understand how a man who wrote and directed this would direct 'Last Airbender'. This will be his magnum opus, the rest is s**t. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2014
    1
    Sadly, the sixth sense was a missed opportunity because of its badly written plot that relays on the twist ending. no real suspense,Sadly, the sixth sense was a missed opportunity because of its badly written plot that relays on the twist ending. no real suspense, underwritten mother character , some scenes lead absolute nowhere, scenes contradicts each other.the main plot ends in a lame way and the twist ending comes from the subplot tries to save the film. Therefore, no suspense not even hints of suspicion to create tension . Expand

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