Compiled by: Jack Foley
REACTION to M Night Shyamalan’s latest chiller, The Village,
has been decidedly mixed from America, with some hailing it to
be another work of genius - and others considering it to be a
Rolling Stone led the positives, stating that
‘in crafting a film about the ways fear can manipulate -
are there really creatures of mass destruction in the woods? -
Shyamalan gives the film a metaphorical weight that goes deeper
than goose bumps’.
While the disappointment brigade was best summed up by the New
York Post, which wrote that ‘The Village pours
on creepy atmosphere, but this dud is too intent on delivering
its liberal 'message' to actually deliver the kinds of scares
it promises in the terrific trailer’.
The New York Daily News felt that ‘The
Village is Shyamalan's weakest story’, while USA Today felt
that ‘though it's not as contrived as 2000's Unbreakable,
The Village disappoints’.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, meanwhile, opined
that ‘Shyamalan deftly turns a familiar fairy tale into
an eerie scary tale’.
And the Seattle Times
felt that it is ‘a film of great elegance and skill that's
often delicious to watch, but its surprises don't surprise; in
fact, they fall a little flat’.
The San Jose Mercury News opined that it ‘comes
close to matching the intensity and surprise of Shyamalan's biggest
hit, The Sixth Sense’.
While the Washington Post found it ‘a
And LA Weekly lamented: "For my money,
this undeniably talented writer-director has been repeating himself
with steadily decreasing potency ever since the wonderful The
Sixth Sense, and his latest excursion does nothing to buck the
The Hollywood Reporter, however, described it
as ‘literate and visually expressive’.
While the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote that
‘Shyamalan, as usual functioning as writer, director and
producer, plays on our expectations like a virtuoso while subverting
And the Atlanta-Journal Constitution felt that
‘The Village pales next to the crackerjack ghost story of
The Sixth Sense but excels far beyond the psychobabbling in Unbreakable’.
But Variety found it to be ‘Shyamalan's
least satisfying post-Sixth Sense effort’.
And Entertainment Weekly concludes this round-up,
by stating: "What really lurks within those woods is (fear
not: no spoilers here) a very mixed bag’.
The film opens in the UK on August 20.