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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 40
  2. Negative: 10 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Made with such elegance, atmosphere and wonderfully mannered performances it will nestle deep inside your head, refusing to budge. The more you ponder it, the better it becomes.
  2. The Village is a better movie (than Signs) --probably his best since "The Sixth Sense"--but it indulges Shyamalan's penchant for messianic uplift.
  3. It doesn't take a genius IQ to figure out the movie's final twist far in advance, leaving the attentive viewer to wonder only about how Shyamalan will pull it off and to hope the movie doesn't turn silly.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    When the secret is finally divulged, it’s such a letdown that it feels unfairly manipulative to have sat through such agonizing tedium.
  5. 40
    The film's gotcha! payoff doesn't justify the gloomy journey.
  6. 30
    It's exasperating watching so much top-drawer talent wasted in a film that wraps itself up with one of the most preposterous (not to mention obvious) endings the genre has ever seen.
  7. It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 219
  1. Aug 4, 2012
    I'd like to say two things about myself before starting this review. First of all, I almost always agree with critical ratings for movies. Second of all, I like to go into movies without knowing anything about them except their critical ratings and/or Oscar/Golden Globe performance. I watched The Village because of a friend's recommendation, knowing nothing about it or its director, M. Night Shyamalan. Halfway through the movie, I knew it was great. After it was over, I was certain it was one of my favorite movies ever. Much to my surprise, I found out later that it had mixed critical reviews at best. To this day, however, this is by far my favorite film of 2004. My theory is that too many people went into this movie knowing at least one of two things: the director of the movie and everything in the trailer. Shyamalan is known for making movies with silly twists and awful dialogue, so I think too many people failed to give this movie a fighting chance. And the trailer made this movie look like a cruddy horror movie. I certainly wouldn't have watched it after watching the trailer, and if I had liked what I saw in the trailer, the movie probably would have been disappointing. So to those who haven't seen it, know that this movie tells a love story. The setting of the movie does not make the movie. The plot twists (though very well done I think) do not make the movie. The suspense/mystery helps make the movie engaging, but does not make the movie. As it should be with any great movie, the characters make the movie, and the three main characters (acted superbly by Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Adrien Brody) are interesting, believable, and imperfect. Expand
  2. PaulF.
    Jun 23, 2007
    What can I say but I really liked this film. I actually do not like horror/suspense films but The Village transcended any such definition by being much more psychological oriented which begged the question of much larger sociological condition. For those who prefer their films coated with candy this is not the film for you. If however you enjoy a thought provoking film that is masterfully acted with a beautiful and believable setting then this films is one of the rare ones. Among other things this film actually made me long for an innocence that living in the modern fast paced world has robbed us of. I can definitely see the allure. But then again the pesky human condition of suffering, and often by our own hand, raises its ugly head. I however was soothed by the love story. What one is willing to go through for true love is a theme I never tire of. And considering Ivy's condition it made it all the more so powerful. It was as if I could feel what it was see was feeling, the fear, love, and sheer will to continue. And by the end I felt uplifted by the results of her trails as well as the difficult choice of the elders, even if it only supposedly occurs in one tiny portion of the world. Expand
  3. RodneyM.
    Feb 17, 2007
    This movie is not ment to be a horror/thriller movie. It creates its own genre. The story has great detail and a great plot. It also scares you with your own fears. A great movie, see it. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2013
    It had a good idea, but the way the script was written didn't make it a good movie, let alone the acting was pretty trashy. It is, however, one of my favorite Shyamalan movies. Just try not to compare it to his earlier movies. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2013
    The Village scavenges for purpose.
    The Village is long and tiresome almost from the beginning, the characters are not likeable and the
    direction drains the life out of the movie. It begins to pick up towards the end, but then finishes unresolved. The concept is sketchy and the film drags like a dead corpse. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2012
    This movie falls completely under the same category as every M. N. S. -film. Total and utter nonsense. The director continually tries to mystify and over-intellectualise banal drivel. There is so much suspension of disbelief needed in this film - as in all of them, that you have to be a brainwashed fanatic not to notice how nothing happens for large amounts of time, how the director always fails to get inside his characters' heads, and how silly, childish and pompous his plotlines are. And still Shamalayan tries to convince us he has a "hidden, deeper message" underlying it all. The message is clear: Steer wide of this waste of your time. Expand
  7. RottenC.
    Aug 5, 2006
    Unbearbly lame, unwatchable tripe; one of the worst "films" I have ever seen.

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