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The Village

  • Rated PG13

drama, thrillers

M. Night Shyamalan (SIGNS,THE SIXTH SENSE), the director who brought you the world's greatest thrillers on DVD, now creates his most thought-provoking triumph yet ... breaking international records and dazzling audiences around the globe!

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PAUSE for kids age 13
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3 out of 5

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very tense and scary thriller that may be too much for some tweens. Know your kid. While much of the scary stuff is in the audience's imagination, there are some scary jump-out-at-you surprises and some gory graphic images. Characters are attacked and killed. Some viewers may be concerned about the portrayal of a developmentally delayed and possibly disturbed character.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what drew the families in the village to settle where they did in spite of the risks. They could also think about whether there were any clues in the movie that pointed to the ultimate twist. Why did Edward send Ivy? The movie was originally called "The Woods." Is that a better title? What is the scariest part of the movie and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Village idiot.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Gripping, creepy, and very well acted with a great breakout performance from Bryce Dallas Howard...

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Thursday, April 22, 2010


- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, August 7, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the twist ending. The Village could have been something terrific, but instead it ends up being a dud. This horror suspense film isn't what it advertises it to be. The film would have been fine just the way it, if it wasn't for the ending. For what is, the first hour was very entertaining, but like I said, the ending ruined the entire film. I felt that Shyamalan had another terrific film under his belt, but alas; it was not to be. The Village ends up being predictable, and near the end you realize what the ending might actually be. Other than the film was well acted, but because of the Shymalan tendency to ruining his films with a twist, the talent involved doesn't save the film from mediocrity. There were some good things about the film, but once everything becomes obvious to the viewer (and it does) you just end up not caring for the film anymore. What was great about Signs was that it had an effective mix of suspense, mystery, thrills and horror to create the tension on screen. Plus the ending wasn't bad whatsoever, and nothing is really explained, not to the fullest at least. But with The Village, everything is explained and it ruins the entire tone of the film. Go in with low expectations so that you're not too disappointed as I was. The Village is a mediocre thriller horror film that doesn't deliver the goods.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, September 11, 2011

3 stars

It might be goofy, but it's so enjoyable to watch! Scares are in short supply, but to make up for it there are a few hilarious parts that aren't supposed to be funny and, on the more commendable side, a great ensemble cast (they've got Jesse Eisenberg!) a good score, some pretty nifty style, and some of the most crisp, lush visuals that I have seen on the screen in a long time. It's amazing that there wasn't an art-direction oscar nod here.

- superjoker1, Friday, July 29, 2011

4 stars

Arguably M. Night Shyamalan's most under-appreciated films. Now granted, after this movie he fell fast and has lost a lot of credibility. However, this is still a very good film. Bryce Dallas Howard is a revelation, it's always hard to trust first-time actors with a major film and put most of it on their shoulders - but she's simply phenomenal. The twist at the end is what pisses most people off. I don't get, I thought it was appropriate and not to far-fetched, as well as bravely original.

- fb619846742, Monday, March 8, 2010