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The Messengers

drama, horror, thrillers


An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    12%
  • Audience Score
    44%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Creepy haunted house flick is nothing new.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens who like ghost stories may well want to see this latest creepy-scary horror film. It includes frequent jump scenes (big noises, sudden movements on screen), and its premise is based on the long-ago murder of a family. Early scenes indicate the killings with spatters of blood, rough camerawork, loud booms, and screaming. Later, gray-faced, long-limbed ghosts grab at the main character's head and ankles, and viewers see glimpses of ghosts in the walls and under floors and repeated scenes of crows flying, perching, and attacking. Violence is usually insinuated by fast editing and close-ups, though the bloody effects are visible. Minor language includes "damn," "s--t," and "hell." The movie's most disturbing theme has the parents disbelieving and distrusting their daughter, although viewers know she's right.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of ghost stories. Why is the idea of supernatural hauntings so popular in movies and other media? Do you believe in ghosts? Do you think they'd behave like the ones in this movie? Families can also talk about Jess' relationship with her parents. How does the movie show that they can't get past her mistake back in Chicago? How does that affect their current relationship? How does Jess cope with their suspicions? Are there better ways that they could deal with their issues?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    12%
    reviews counted: 31
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  • Audience

    44%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Rotten: Patchwork filmmaking designed by a corporate mentality devoted only to the defense of the lowest common denominator. The viewer is assumed to be stupid and easily duped.

- Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A film so filled with clichs of the genre and plot points so dumb that even a novice would end up laughing.

- Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The Messengers is a horror film that has received a bad rep. I don't know why. I found the film to be entertaining, and unlike every Hollywood film that has come out, it's not a remake. It's an original story written by the Pang Brothers, who directed the original version of The Eye. The film is a pretty good one, not the best. But still pretty good. I am a die-hard horror fan, I love the legendary horror films, I am a big John Carpenter and Dario Argento fan and just to show you, I do recommend this film to people who want to watch a fairly decent Horror film. I found it to quite in intriguing and relied on atmosphere and suspense. It won't be considered a classic, but it sure will satisfy anyone who likes original horror films. Entertaining, suspenseful and with a good enough story to keep you interested, this is a film worthy to check out. Considering I love films by legendary Horror directors such as Argento and Carpenter, that just should say something that I enjoy a half decent horror film at times. This is what The Messengers is, a fairly decent horror yarn, that uses suspense=, and thrills to create horror, and it works kinda. The Messengers is a much better film than what the critics have said it to be. After all, some critics praise really bad remakes, so who are the judges. This film is an original story, but I guess that because Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame stars in it, than people have it's boring and uninspired. Well As a diehard fan of legendary horror gems, I can say without a doubt that this is a passable entry in the horror genre. There are far worse horror films out there than this one. So give this one a shot, you may be surprised at how good it really is.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

4 stars

I actually jumped. Some scenes were really scary.

- 3niR, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

0 star

This movie was horrible.NOT scary at all

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 29, 2009