Box art for The Village

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!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    43%
  • Audience Score
    57%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    43%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all The Village reviews
  • Audience

    57%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Dangerously dour.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Saturday, July 22, 2006

Rotten: Village idiot.

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

Rotten: Dumb's the word.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, July 30, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell. Those more open-minded, however, will find an interesting film with an evoking cinematography, though the main twist (two, in fact) does not cause the same impact as Shyamalan's previous films.

- blacksheepboy, Monday, November 21, 2011

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

I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally came, I was extremely let down particularly with the ending. It showed alot of promise in the beginning, but failed to capitalize on it.

- fb729949618, Tuesday, September 11, 2012