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The Whispers

Sci-Fi . Drama . Science Fiction . Mystery

An unseen alien force has figured this human weakness out. They have invaded earth and are using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination – our children

Status: Ended
TV Channel: ABC
  • Brian Tallerico

    Elements like design, atmosphere, casting--the things that produce tension beyond concept--are absent. And Rabe is a surprisingly ineffective lead, although it is mostly due to the horrendous dialogue she’s been given. Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    ABC has a house style, and this workmanlike execution of that style pretty much derails this drama. Many interior scenes are over-lit and thus not spooky, and there’s just a blandness in the casting and the production design that does nothing to help The Whispers build up the kind of mysterious atmosphere it needs to work.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    To its credit, The Whispers gets better by the end of the first episode. Unfortunately, it also shows signs of hurtling toward more complications than we need.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The Whispers is ultimately a frustratingly hollow experience, an assortment of familiar genre cliches and a stubborn insistence that its primary mystery will remain enticing for us even without hints or the gratification of answers that, in theory, would only elevate the stakes.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It may demand more patience than it's worth.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Whispers had the potential to be an intriguing, supernatural soap, but by episode two, it proves itself to be one of those series where the audience is, frustratingly, frequently one step ahead of the characters. That's not fun; it's boring, which is the last thing a supernatural thriller should be.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The Whispers (created by Soo Hoo and claiming Steven Spielberg as an executive producer) is too slow and self-consciously creepy to hold my attention for long. Your response may vary.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    None of this narrative padding is especially gripping, and some of it borders on dull, but the quality of the construction is above average.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The show is no great shakes. The ostensible drama and tension rarely feel earned, and people's attitudes about child development seem under-informed. But as the show digs harder into its sci-fi elements (it's loosely based on a Ray Bradbury short story called "Zero Hour," in which children facilitate an alien invasion), and pushes into the whole global-mayhem option, it picks up a little juice.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Zack Handlen

    The result is a series without a charismatic rooting interest, a narrative in which it’s much easier to root for the invisible Big Bad than it is for the nominal leads.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The Whispers has a polished feel, enough twists, and moves just well enough to steadily build on its central mystery. So for now, anyway, even if the kids aren’t all right, the show is.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The more scenes there are between Rabe’s agent Claire Bennigan and her new partner, Jessup Rollins (Revolution’s Derek Webster), the better the show is.... It’s best whenever the Drill-chatting kids are onscreen, with young Kylie Rogers particularly skilled at being unnerving.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Full of doe-eyed children talking to invisible and possibly sinister forces in the ceiling, the shrubbery and the night sky, The Whispers gets as much mileage out of the Steven Spielberg hand-stamp (he's an executive producer) as possible.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The series, created by Soo Hugh and premiering Monday, has all the right pieces working together to make a decent show. It becomes slightly over-plotted by the third episode, but nothing that significantly diminishes its power to hold our interest.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Watching this invisible, unheard being manipulate children is unsettling, to be sure--but it also becomes perplexing, bordering on silly, in ways that writer Soo Hugh can't possibly intend. On the bright side, Rabe is excellent as the troubled heroine, with Sloane equally good as the equally troubled father and spouse.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The central mystery still reaches to the Highest Levels of American Government, but it's a more intimate story, with fine performances by the three young children who start hearing voices, and more worryingly, taking direction from an unseen force.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    True, the series is marred by some very lazy writing.... Despite it all, this is seriously addictive stuff.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Some elements of the show are stronger than others. The ominous visual mood set by director Mark Romanek in the pilot is particularly striking and is helped along by the score, and the child actors do a good job of toeing the line between creepy and normal. The adults are less well-rounded, which, given the sometimes procedural nature of the plot, isn’t that surprising or that much of an obstacle to enjoying the show.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Spielberg has always had a facility for casting children and a fondness for the supernatural. In The Whispers he also gets the adult mix right in a bracingly good and shivery serial drama with much to show and tell in the first three hours.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    It’s creepy, especially when the children talk to the unseen Drill.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Rabe is terrific, balancing drive and a mounting dread, and it’s a pleasure to see the actress commanding a lead role. The first three episodes build the mystery at a respectable clip.

    Boston Herald Full Review
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