Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 75
    Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
  2. 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.
  3. Somberly fantastic new mystery thriller.
  4. 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. 40
    A gloomy, preposterous psychological thriller.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I was hooked from beginning to end.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Whatever he (Shyamalan) did, he shouldn't have tried to send the same lightning bolt down to Earth in the same place.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Possesses sufficient intrigue to hook audiences and keep them on board much of the way.
  15. 83
    An exquisitely crafted film filled with little shocks and deep echoes of humanity. It'll stick with you.
  16. "Sixth Sense" fans will be intrigued at first, then disappointed.
  17. 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.
  18. 60
    The movie feels oddly undercooked and aimless.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    A film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    This time out, Shyamalan the writer lets Shyamalan the director down badly.
  23. 80
    Mesmerizing dark fable, which also contains moments of comedy and action that don't disrupt its oddly earnest tone
  24. 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.
  25. Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
  26. 50
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    A big disappointment.
  28. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
  29. 74
    Seems truncated, incomplete -- mostly because the patented Shyamalan twist is revealed in the dénouement, not the climax.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 57
  2. Negative: 12 out of 57
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    7
    Very good movie that can touch you and show you that a movie with a hero doesn't have to be dynamic, full of action and CGI with explodingVery good movie that can touch you and show you that a movie with a hero doesn't have to be dynamic, full of action and CGI with exploding cities. Its very relaxing, smooth and calm with a good ending. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2011
    7
    It may not be the best movie from the past eleven years, but for fans of M. Night Shyamalan, this is a very good film.

    The premise about a
    It may not be the best movie from the past eleven years, but for fans of M. Night Shyamalan, this is a very good film.

    The premise about a man who survived the train accident and learns that a man who likes comic books and heroes is stalking him was spooky, but very good. The story was a very nice concept, but suffered from a weaker ending.

    The acting was very solid and the chemistry between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson was well built together and the pacing was very decent.

    The suspense was chilling and very satisfying it got me interested to want to know what's going on. The soundtrack from James Newton Howard was a lot of fun I want to check it out soon.

    Unbreakable's weaker ending doesn't cover it up, but like The Sixth Sense and Signs, M. Night Shyamalan did his best to give me some scares.

    7.3 out of 10
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  3. 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 »