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The Messengers

Horror . Drama . Thriller

When the Solomons trade in the craziness of big-city life for the quiet of a North Dakota farm, little do they expect the nightmare that follows. Soon after arriving, teenage Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her younger brother see terrifying apparitions and endure attacks from a supernatural source. Jess must warn her disbelieving family before it is too late to save them.

Actors: Jodelle Ferland , Dustin Milligan , Theodore Turner , Evan Turner , Brent Briscoe , William B. Davis , John Corbett , Penelope Ann Miller , Dylan McDermott , Kristen Stewart
Directors: Danny Pang , Oxide Chun Pang
Country: USA
Release: 2007-02-02
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  • Maitland McDonagh

    The trouble isn't just that this haunted-house story, written by Mark Wheaton and directed by Hong Kong filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang, is both formulaic and derivative. It's that it's completely free of atmosphere, the very thing that their 2002 "The Eye" had in such creepy abundance.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Gregory Kirschling

    There are a few decent jolts in The Messengers, but every one of them is accompanied by a cheap freak-out on the soundtrack so you know to be decently jolted.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Like too many horror pictures, The Messengers becomes more boringly prosaic as it goes along, and there's an 11th-hour plot twist so dumb and poorly articulated that it destroys the movie. That's a shame, because shot for shot, the Pangs might be the most terrifying filmmakers alive.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    Though the Pangs prove culturally adaptive on a visual level, they seem completely clueless as to the tonal modalities of Mark Wheaton's admittedly undercooked, all-American script.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Earns points for its set and sound design, eerily desaturated color palette, able cast, and one really good special effect. Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The Messengers, dutifully cobbles together a pastiche of successful horror films past--"The Grudge," "The Sixth Sense," "The Birds," "The Amityville Horror," and "The Shining"--without asserting a single original idea of its own.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    This spook story is a surprisingly mediocre Hollywood debut for Hong Kong's Pang brothers.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    The Messengers is at once ruthlessly efficient and shamelessly distended.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A predictable, by-the-numbers TV-movie-sized affair which will break your heart - especially since it also contains brief flashes of horror greatness.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The Messengers is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    A tepid ghost story filled with all the usual things that go bump in the night minus the somewhat crucial element of suspense, this bland effort from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures is surprisingly devoid of the creepy, claustrophobic atmospherics that haunt the brothers' Asian work.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jim Ridley

    The end result looks heavily doctored: The Sam Raimi-produced feature is a badly acted, nonsensical patchwork of fake scares, crow attacks and wall-crawling CGI spooks, capped by a DVD extra of an ending that must have the real resolution gagged somewhere in a closet.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It's nicely photographed but slow-moving, dull and utterly predictable.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Extremely boring.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Bell

    The story is so ridiculously obvious it's not even remotely enjoyable.

    Film Threat Full Review
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