Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 74
    Seems truncated, incomplete -- mostly because the patented Shyamalan twist is revealed in the dénouement, not the climax.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
  5. 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.
  6. "Sixth Sense" fans will be intrigued at first, then disappointed.
  7. Whatever he (Shyamalan) did, he shouldn't have tried to send the same lightning bolt down to Earth in the same place.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
  13. 40
    A gloomy, preposterous psychological thriller.
  14. Somberly fantastic new mystery thriller.
  15. 83
    An exquisitely crafted film filled with little shocks and deep echoes of humanity. It'll stick with you.
  16. 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.
  17. Willis gives a remarkable, wrenching performance: He is the most fragile indestructible man ever created.
  18. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
  19. 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.
  20. I was hooked from beginning to end.
  21. 80
    Mesmerizing dark fable, which also contains moments of comedy and action that don't disrupt its oddly earnest tone
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Possesses sufficient intrigue to hook audiences and keep them on board much of the way.
  23. 60
    The movie feels oddly undercooked and aimless.
  24. Reviewed by: Ray Pride
    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.
  25. 50
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A big disappointment.
  28. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This time out, Shyamalan the writer lets Shyamalan the director down badly.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 56
  2. Negative: 12 out of 56
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    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 exploding cities. Its very relaxing, smooth and calm with a good ending. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2011
    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
    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 true masterpiece that is unbreakable Full Review »