Unbreakable

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    "The Sixth Sense" was no fluke. Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today.
  2. 83
    An exquisitely crafted film filled with little shocks and deep echoes of humanity. It'll stick with you.
  3. Somberly fantastic new mystery thriller.
  4. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    80
    It's rare that a a movie leaves you pinned to your seat, wanting to see it again -- right now, this minute -- to work out the pieces of the puzzle. Unbreakable is one of those movies.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
  6. 80
    Mr. Shyamalan may be the only mainstream director hankering for success with a need to understate; he is like Shaq without the tattoos. The result is a mastery of craft that may leave some hungry for more.
  7. Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
  8. I was hooked from beginning to end.
  9. 80
    Mesmerizing dark fable, which also contains moments of comedy and action that don't disrupt its oddly earnest tone
  10. 75
    Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
  11. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    75
    The irony is that although Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture.
  12. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    75
    Ultimately, the film can't help but disappoint. Movies where you're continually waiting for the other shoe to drop are never as much fun as those where you never expected the first one to fall.
  13. 74
    Seems truncated, incomplete -- mostly because the patented Shyamalan twist is revealed in the dénouement, not the climax.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Possesses sufficient intrigue to hook audiences and keep them on board much of the way.
  15. 67
    Shyamalan's premise is a lulu, to be sure, but if you can manage that precious, tentative suspension of disbelief, you'll find Unbreakable a rewarding meditation on the nature of heroes, both comic book and otherwise.
  16. Whatever he (Shyamalan) did, he shouldn't have tried to send the same lightning bolt down to Earth in the same place.
  17. 63
    As absorbing as much of it is, Unbreakable winds up as a mild disappointment. But it leaves no question the hype around Shyamalan is well-deserved: This guy has a huge career ahead of him.
  18. "Sixth Sense" fans will be intrigued at first, then disappointed.
  19. 60
    The movie feels oddly undercooked and aimless.
  20. Even the surprise ending arrives with a thud and makes us wonder why Shyamalan didn't try something new instead of recycling his "Sixth Sense" recipe.
  21. Reviewed by: Ray Pride
    50
    For its perilous ambitions, Unbreakable has to be admired, but any ending that succeeds only in pulling the rug out from under a credulous, trusting audience has to be laughed at and called out for the extravagant nonsense that it is.
  22. Far-fetched and utterly humorless, with a literally tacked-on conclusion (yes, more text on the screen), the only thing that's surprising about Unbreakable is how lame it is.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Shyamalan's style is so exaggerated, with its long pauses and exacting rhythms of sound- vs.- silence, that it easily can engender eye-rolling and snickers.
  24. 50
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
  25. The story grows sillier as it goes along, culminating in a final switcheroo that's about as deep as the comic-book ideas that inspired the plot.
  26. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    This time out, Shyamalan the writer lets Shyamalan the director down badly.
  27. It would be foolish to deny that Unbreakable has scenes that make you jump, but without anything resonant to apply that skill to, the film has no option except squandering its technique.
  28. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    A film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
  29. A gloomy, preposterous psychological thriller.
  30. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    A big disappointment.
  31. A potentially interesting idea deflated by the absurd proclamations of an arch screenplay and smothered under the ponderous gravity of M. Night Shyamalan's dreary direction.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 360 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 65
  2. Negative: 12 out of 65
  1. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    This movie has many different elements but boring it's audience is not one of them. After a second viewing of the film one will see the trueThis movie has many different elements but boring it's audience is not one of them. After a second viewing of the film one will see the true masterpiece that is unbreakable Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2016
    9
    Unbreakable is M. Night Shyamalan's often overlooked masterpiece. It stars Bruce Willis is excellent as David Dunn, and an awesome Samuel L.Unbreakable is M. Night Shyamalan's often overlooked masterpiece. It stars Bruce Willis is excellent as David Dunn, and an awesome Samuel L. Jackson in my favorite role he's ever done. There is no superhero film more realistic than this one, nor does any other superhero film have such a perfect ending. I don't want to give away any more than I should, but it's hard not to. While it's not perfect, it more than makes up for it's little flaws with it's emotional undercurrent and subtle brilliance. I could not recommend Unbreakable more. Full Review »
  3. Jul 26, 2015
    7
    Commendable especially for the well written dialogue and the several long shots throughout. Unbreakable can be slow sometimes, but ultimatelyCommendable especially for the well written dialogue and the several long shots throughout. Unbreakable can be slow sometimes, but ultimately is a well acted and performed dramatic thriller. Full Review »