A very well-crafted tease.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Skillful as he is, Mr. Shyamalan is undone by his pretensions.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This talented and, at 32, very young director must now find new ideas -- maybe working with someone else's scripts. Because his film-making identity is in danger of fading.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Shyamalan's by-now trademark spookiness is starting to play like a CD consciously designed to duplicate the success of an album that sold 10 million copies.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Ultimately comes up short.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
One of the most effective movies so far at capturing a jittery nation's case of the yips.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Interesting, entertaining, and good.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Sitting through the last reel (spoiler alert!) is significantly less charming than listening to a four-year-old with a taste for exaggeration recount his Halloween trip to the Haunted House.
Jessica Winter - Village Voice
Shyamalan fuses the fictional evidence of his extraterrestrials with the presumed righteousness of God in a way that will make no sense to anyone who has ever questioned either.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A heartfelt movie that deals more nakedly with [Shyamalan's] core concerns than any of his other Hollywood films, and it doubtlessly will deeply touch many people as well as frighten them.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
For most of its footage, the new thriller proves that director M. Night Shyamalan can weave an eerie spell and that Mel Gibson can gasp, shudder and even tremble without losing his machismo.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
The soul-searching deliberateness of the film, although leavened nicely with dry absurdist wit, eventually becomes too heavy for the plot.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Shyamalan wants to be the metaphysical poet of movies, but he's dangerously close to becoming its O. Henry.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film boasts dry humor and jarring shocks, plus moments of breathtaking mystery.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Individual sequences generate an eerie tension that's always deflated, creating a jarring stop-and-go rhythm, and the atmospheric trickery never strays beyond a lot of smoke and mirrors.
Hank Sartin - Chicago Reader
Unlike the lumbering and portentous Unbreakable, Shyamalan's Signs is a satisfyingly taut suspenser.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A complex story told with assurance and performed with quiet conviction, Signs smoothly and stylishly blends scares and substance.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
The movie is almost completely lacking in suspense, surprise and consistent emotional conviction.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
The same old same old: dull and recycled, with no surprises.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
It's fair to speculate whether Shyamalan's persistence in replicating the otherworldly formula of The Sixth Sense might not be a futile and self-defeating exercise.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A beautifully crafted, white-knuckle, roller-coaster ride of old-school filmmaking.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A triumph of mood over logic, of faith over reason.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Ultimately, Signs -- as original, interesting and ambitious as it is -- is a post-9/11 movie of possibly the most dubious sort.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
The problem is that Signs manages to be both so terribly serious and so unimportant at the same time.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Shyamalan is a considerable talent, but he's become too powerful too young. The sign I discern hanging over his career at the moment reads Wrong Way.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
In many ways, it is Shyamalan's most accomplished film to date.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A truly chilling movie.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
[Shyamalan] turns the goose-pimple genre on its empty head and fills it with spirit, purpose and emotionally bruised characters who add up to more than body count.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
As they used to say in the 1950s sci-fi movies, Signs is a tribute to Shyamalan's gifts, which are such that we'll keep watching the skies for his next project.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Excellent, but has some extreme tension and peril.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Shyamalan is 0 for 3, giving us another incredible movie.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
An anti-Independence Day, a cousin of Close Encounters, but most of all, a well-modulated, dread-laden, faith-based mystery. [Blu-Ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Mr. Shayamalan is a gifted writer and filmmaker. He definitely has more great films in his future. However, he may need to take a step away from the paranormal thriller.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Shyamalan is technically a superb film-maker, for all that he's picked up most of his tricks from Spielberg and Hitchcock.
Derek Adams - Time Out
M. Night Shyamalan's Signs is Close Encounters of the Corny Kind.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
I come away from Signs exhilarated by Shyamalan's skill at keeping his audience guessing.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
The one good thing about it is that it's over in one hour and 47 minutes. The bad thing is to think what a terrible waste it was of an hour and 47 minutes.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A gripping and well-made thriller that preserves Shyamalan's winning streak and shows us, as all the best films do, a world that we're familiar with and believe in, and yet we've never seen, and by which we're endlessly fascinated.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
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Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Shyamalan fancies himself a philosopher whose stories have deep and important meanings that need to be conveyed to audiences as slowly and heavy-handedly as possible.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Gibson gives one of the best performances of his career...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
One may never get the answer that they seek, but they will be scared out of the wits when searching for one.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Shyamalan has done it again. He's taken a well-used genre, the alien invasion, and given it a spin that focuses on the human psyche rather than the surrounding events.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
How apt for a film called Signs that Shyamalan should have plusses and minuses the whole way through.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Being known for "Big Twist Endings" may label you a one-trick pony, but one trick is better than no tricks.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
[Shyamalan's] treatment doesn't always make perfect sense, but what his film lacks in logic is more than made up for in atmosphere.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Signs may be lightweight and fragile in comparison to Sense and even to Unbreakable for that matter, but nobody can deny the eye-popping quality to this exquisite soul-searching drama.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A great movie. People went to Signs expecting to see intestines, and what they got was heart, and a lot to think about.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
M. Night Shyamalan proves himself narratively perceptive with his latest film.
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
An intriguing idea that ends up overly predictable.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The ending of Signs changes everything: it goes from "Night of the Living Dead" to "Touched by an Angel" in ten minutes flat.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
...the director's strong suit is his ability to create suspense in a hushed atmosphere, where the silence is a character's worst enemy.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A sci-fi movie with grand, out-of-this-world ambitions that ultimately doesn't quite live up to them.
KJ Doughton - Film Threat
If you're looking for a truly terrifying, ultimately chilling and rocking good sci-fi yarn, look no further.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
For the most part, the script is extremely well written, allowing each character to shine and developing some interesting ideas. It is also, frequently, very funny.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
'Buen filme que muestra la madurez que va adquiriendo Shyamalan como cineasta en cada proyecto que realiza.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Shayamalan combines the intriguing phenomenon of crop circles with a family drama about loss of faith, but the two don't play nicely together, and the promising beginning gets more predictable as it becomes less credible.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
A thoroughly engaging story about fear and faith, which also happens to be a first-class hair-raiser from a moviemaker with a taste for the Hitchcockian tease.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Shyamalan apparently wants or needs to be compared favorably or even neutrally to Alfred Hitchcock, but in this regard, he's doomed to fail.
Catherine Cantieri - HoleCity.com
The work of a filmmaker who has secrets buried at the heart of his story and knows how to take time revealing them. Strange occurrences build in the mind of the viewer and take on extreme urgency.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
A terrific suspense movie, overlaid with a faintly embarrassing tale of faith lost and perhaps regained.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
Shyamalan's got to be the best Hollywood suspense director since Brian de Palma.
Josef Braun - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Os problemas tem inicio a partir do momento em que saimos do cinema e comecamos a pensar sobre o que acabamos de ver. E entao que Sinais realmente desaponta.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Un extrano resucitar del fenomeno sucedido con el guion radiofonico de Orson Wells con toques de Hitchcock.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Writer/ director M. Night Shyamalan's ability to pull together easily accessible stories that resonate with profundity is undeniable.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A creepy good time -- and perhaps a surprisingly emotional one -- will be had by all.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Shyamalan continues his run of moody, skilfully-constructed pictures. Pity about plot weaknesses and the pretentious dialogue.
Daniel Etherington - FilmFour.com
Its attempts to merge popcorn mentalities and issues of theology means there is not enough of either approach to really work.
Mark Freeman - Critical Eye
By drawing a parallel between faith in God and belief in alien life forms, Shyamalan forces us to think about our own system of values.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Signs could have been a lot more satisfying had we not seen in the last reel what director M. Night Shyamalan so carefully avoids showing us in the first several.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Night ransacks the culture. He raids everything from the basement scene in Night of the Living Dead to the televisuals of Independence Day.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Gibson is on top form, and there are some genuinely terrifying moments that will have you cowering behind your popcorn.
Neil Smith - BBC
M. Night Shyamalan hesitates between mayhem and mysticism.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Rather than succumb to a lot of direct interaction with the beasties, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan creates tension by remaining on horror's outskirts.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Some filmgoers may feel drunk on only mood but... consider the intoxication. Shyamalan is almost peerless in crafting [moody], self-contained scenes...
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Aliens are simply the flashy Hollywood vehicle through which Shyamalan channels a more redeeming message.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Signs exploits fear of the unknown better than any movie since The Blair Witch Project.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Shyamalan should stop trying to please his mom.
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
This is the creepiest Hollywood thriller in a very long while and almost definitely this year's horror flick par excellence.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
All signs point to awesome.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Shyamalan's sense of pace, atmosphere, and mood remains near-flawless.
Shay Casey - Daily-Reviews
The emotion and drama Shyamalan produces is painstakingly truthful once the seemingly absurd is introduced.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
If Shyamalan directed Jaws, the film would be about Sheriff Brody's fear of the water.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
I'm just a champion for the notion that cinema is an artwork. For that piece of art to be completely appreciated, it needs to be free from careless faults.
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
A refreshing summer movie.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Maybe I feel let down because I'd appreciate someone presenting a halfway credible explanation for the crop circles and this does nothing more than to drain away some of their fascination in a commercially successful maneuver to exploit.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
What starts off as a potentially incredibly twisting mystery becomes simply a monster chase film.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
More than any other filmmaker working today, M. Night Shyamalan connects with his audience and his characters in a totally unique way to transport us so effortlessly into the world of 'what ifs.'
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
...knows it is what you don't know that's scary.
Blake French - NutzWorld
Shyamalan would have done better to leave the soapbox at home.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
[Shyamalan's] a skilled flashlight-guy, and movie theaters are his campfires.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Shyamalan is still one of the most consistently entertaining filmmakers working today, and all signs point to the most unique alien invasion movie to come along in years.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
If you can, take your eyes off the screen for a moment and look around. You'll see scared people.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The religious statement is so out of keeping with the tone of the rest of the movie that it seems unintentional.
Ben Kenigsberg - East Hampton Independent
Using the theorem that less is more, Shyamalan creates a psychologically frightening movie taut with emotional tension and ripe with fear.
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Without ever touching on a cliche (except to poke fun at it), Shyamalan skillfully builds the film on several layers -- personal redemption, family drama, community-in-crisis, world on the brink.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There are now two signs that M. Night Shyamalan's debut feature sucked up all he has to give to the mystic genres of cinema: Unbreakable and Signs.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
M. Night Shyamalan uses ham-fisted coincidences to build, Thomas Aquinas-style, an a posteriori proof of the existence of God. No, really.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A big disappointment.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The kind of suspenseful thrilling movie that I haven't seen in a very long time.
Geoffrey Kleinman - DVDTalk.com
Shayamalan clearly thinks that Signs is important and mythic. In reality, it's a well-crafted creepy movie with appallingly simplistic religiosity grafted onto it.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Attempting to be both The Next Spielberg and The Next Hitchcock in the same movie is hubris.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Stylish, spooky and often riveting, even if there are enough holes here to drive a tractor through.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Despite its sincere acting, Signs is just another unoriginal run of the mill sci-fi film with a flimsy ending and lots of hype.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Shyamalan continues to impress with his subtle visual approach to flashy genres ... proving that less is very often more
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Shyamalan is proving to the world that he is the modern-day Alfred Hitchcock.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
It falls squarely into the sci-fi category, it works on a more emotional level because it deals with issues of faith.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A real chiller thriller.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
While M. Night may have some problems with ego and exposition, this still does not extract from the pleasure of watching Signs.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Like a one-hit wonder desperately clinging to the pop charts as its lone hit fades into history, M. Night Shyamalan appears to be grasping at straws.
KJ Doughton - Nitrate Online
...an eerily suspenseful, deeply absorbing piece that works as a treatise on spirituality as well as a solid sci-fi thriller.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A film of unwavering weirdness and intensity.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Gibson is excellent, as is Joaquin Phoenix as his brother.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's all very nice but darn it I wanted more aliens!
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Shyamalan manufactures real, honest-to-goodness, nail-gnawing suspense like cows make methane.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
All signs point to M. Night Shyamalan selling his talents down the river in favor of mass-market appeal.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
As skillfully made as horror films come. It's also about as genuinely scary.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
That the movie works as well as it does, despite an outlandish plot, is a tribute to Shyamalan's prowess as a director, and to some fine acting performances.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Give it a chance.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A thoughtful, trans-genre atmospheric work that bears the Shyamalan signature.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Signals the transformation of a promising young filmmaker into a brilliant young filmmaker.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
I couldn't help but think if Shyamalan wouldn't have had a better movie if he'd stuck with former star Willis
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's a credit to the actors that this nonsensical thriller/sci-fi story comes off as reasonably well as it does.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Shyamalan's masterful direction makes the film succeed. What scares us out of our seats is not what we see or hear, but what we think we might see and hear.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
A smart reinterpretation of yet another urban legend with a Shyamalan twist and nearly timeless quality, "Signs" is an instant classic.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
All the winks and tics with which Shyamalan signals that he's looked at a Fantagraphics book or seen a real movie only make this film's calculated tearjerking more offensive.
Chris Fujiwara - Boston Phoenix
It's a terrain that reverses the cultural value assigned to the low angle shot... but ultimately transforms the viscera of horror/ sci-fi cinema to a feckless point.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
Though it sometimes stumbles over its own seriousness, Signs is easily the most provocative film in a long while.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Most of the film is quite entertaining, mixing scares with welcome bits of humor, but the ending fizzles.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Despite its various problems that prevent it from being as terrific as it often seems it might be, the film is still quite entertaining.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Shyamalan sure knows how to creep a guy out.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
It asks us to turn our heads into fields of corn, to be cropped by Norman Rockwell Shyamalan.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Signs has the heart that was lacking in Unbreakable, but stumbles badly in its treatment of the paranormal, in this case "X-Files" / "Twilight Zone" sci-fi.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Shyamalan understands the power of suggestion better than most directors, showing only as much as necessary to feed the suspense.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
I see dread people.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's a much more emotional journey than what Shyamalan has given us in his past two movies, and Gibson, stepping in for Bruce Willis, is the perfect actor to take us on the trip.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
I've already seen this one twice, and it was even better the second time.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Shyamalan takes a potentially trite and overused concept (aliens come to Earth) and infuses it into a rustic, realistic, and altogether creepy tale of hidden invasion.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Shyamalan again proves that he's a master of suspense and dread, and a great student of film.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
If I myself find anything worth worshipping, it's the creative genius of people like M. Night Shyamalan, at whose feet I am not worthy to grovel.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Certainly works as The Birds disguised as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Hollywood has taken quite a nosedive from Alfred Hitchcock's imaginative flight to Shyamalan's self-important summer fluff.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
While you're experiencing the film there's no denying that Shyamalan is a master at sinking the hook and reeling an audience along; we're caught on an ever-escalating ride of suspense and terror.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
One creep fest of a movie.
John Anderson - Newsday
If you like a film that provokes thought and feelings, and features real people with real problems, Signs more than qualifies.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
There's fun to be had by all, and although the ending really sucks, there are more than enough scares and jokes to make the rest worthwhile.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It's a heartening idea put forth in a formulaically appealing way.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, most of the scary parts in 'Signs' occur while waiting for things to happen.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An old-fashioned scary movie, one that relies on lingering terror punctuated by sudden shocks and not constant bloodshed punctuated by flying guts.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Shyamalan comes roaring back with the scariest movie I've seen since The Others.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
It has a way of seeping into your consciousness, with lingering questions about what the film is really getting at.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
There's plenty here that testifies to Shyamalan's exceptional talent.
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert - L.A. Weekly
This is one of Gibson's finest, most mature and heartfelt performances and it won't go unnoticed come Oscar time.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Taking the universal idea of the possibility of life on other planets, but exploring it only within the microcosm of this one rural family, is a brilliant ploy. And throughout the film, there is one underlying theme -- faith.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Shyamalan manages to spend very little time and effort on special effects and boring explanations -- and plenty of time on pure terror.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
If you look at Signs as a whole package and not on individual terms, then the result is a worthwhile and thought-provoking experience.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
About the characters first and the extraordinary situations they find themselves into second.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Turns out to have few thoughts and no thrills.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
If you forced me to sum up the Shyamalan trilogy so far... sound and fury signifying very little.
David Poland - Hot Button
It's a smart, skillful movie from a writer-director who's only 31 years old, but already a master of blending the chills of fright with the warmth of love.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The ham-fisted tale is so overdone it borders on insulting, with more than a few odd missteps denting the film along the way.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's a shame the marvelous first 101 minutes have to be combined with the misconceived final 5.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A flawed but well-intended throwback to the creaking-door school of thrillers.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Dean Essner - Apollo Guide
Tale of strangeness in the heartland is scary, funny and superbly shot -- and proves another winner for Shyamalan.
James Rocchi - Netflix
To dismiss this as another "sci-fi alien flick" would be a shame.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
The film abandons its delicate ambiguities, its focus on everyday things, to deliver a resolution whose structure can only look contrived and reductive.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
A deeply weird film, accomplished, gripping, disorienting, icily adept and barking mad at once.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
For at least the first two acts, it's an engrossing film.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Leave it to M. Night Shyamalan to take our expectations for a movie, turn them upside down, and still deliver a work surpassing anything we'd dared hope for.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
M. Night Shyamalan's given us another thought-provoking movie that makes you jump. Grab your aluminum foil hat and swing away.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Signs will creep you out for two hours, give you the galloping heebie-jeebies, tear some screams from your throat and haunt your nightmares for a long time to come.
Tom Sander - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Offers an exceptionally intriguing premise and a flat follow-through.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
... Shyamalan's style is surprisingly graceless, as if paralyzed by a smothering sense of purpose...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Produces the sensation that you are experiencing something for the first time, rather than a genre retread.
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
You JUST KNOW something is about to jump out of the darkness and make you wet your pants. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. And therein lies the fun of "Signs."
James Hill - BET.com
Shyamalan delivers Old School filmmaking at its best ... but also an ending that doesn't hold any water.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
If Shayamalan wanted to tell a story about a man who loses his faith, why didn't he just do it, instead of using bad sci-fi as window dressing?
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
A thrilling ride that will make you both scream with fear and shriek with laughter.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The sort of philosophical marriage that hasn't been seen since `The X-Files' paired alien conspiracy theories with Agent Scully's fragile Catholicism.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Signs is deliberate and shocking from its sweeping exterior to its raw, emotional interior. Orson Welles would be proud.
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
It's a B movie with an A-list cast and the kind of deliberate pacing and visual design that might have impressed Stanley Kubrick.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A field of screams...Signs point to Shyamalan as this generation's Hitchcock.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
The streak continues.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Brooding, gripping movie that held a recent preview audience in such rapt attention, you couldn't hear a single candy wrapper crinkle.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Shyamalan offers copious hints along the way -- myriad signs, if you will -- that beneath the familiar, funny surface is a far bigger, far more meaningful story than one in which little green men come to Earth for harvesting purposes.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Bill Paxton's 'Frailty,' with similar intentions but a meaner streak, did it all so much better.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A moody horror/thriller elevated by deft staging and the director's well-known narrative gamesmanship.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Superb shiver story about faith, the meaning of coincidences, family solidarity in the face of the inexplicable, and how destiny unfolds in every moment.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
If you go into the theater expecting a scary, action-packed chiller, you might soon be looking for a sign. An EXIT sign, that is.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
In the end, Signs is all about faith: the characters' faith in each other, Shyamalan's faith in us and, best of all, our faith in the movies' ability to make us believe in the impossible.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Eerie, plaintive and creatively assured.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Not as good as the Sixth Sense but much better than Unbreakable. Great score.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Those who can buy into [Shyamalan's spiritual] hypothesis will accept 'Signs' more fully than those who might find it a somewhat facile simplification
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
It's the best scare you'll have this summer.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Shyamalan wears his influences on his sleeve, from composer James Newton Howard's Hitchcockian score to the absorbing Close Encounters by way of Amazing Stories screenplay.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
[Shyamalan's] Big Idea raises a Big Question: So what?
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The film's underlying themes dovetail efficiently with the action but don't generate the emotional gut punch the movie needs; overall it feels padded and logy.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's easy for a filmmaker to blow up the world -- but what Shyamalan does is much riskier. He tries to blow our minds.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
You'll forget there's anything but an edge to your seat.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Uncommonly stylish but equally silly...the picture fails to generate much suspense, nor does it ask searching enough questions to justify its pretensions.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Shyamalan has a distinctive talent for finding surprising new approaches to familiar film genres that once seemed sucked dry of the capacity for surprise.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Artfully directed and well-conceived, but fails to locate and maintain a consistent tone.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Yet no matter how unsatisfying the sci-fi denouement, Signs' title bout remains stark raving Mel vs. the Lord Almighty God. And it's a close one.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
From the opening credits, dominated by an intriguing score by James Newton Howard, Signs draws you in, holding you in expectation as Shyamalan peels his story as leisurely as if he were paring an apple.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
An intense and intelligent horror picture ... If you have trouble sleeping later, don't say that I didn't warn you.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Signs will have its admirers since its methodic nature suggests there's something profound going on beneath the surface. There really isn't though.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
The result is a film that sags between its night sequences. The only comparison I can think of is a "Jaws" without a story between shark attacks.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Shyamalan starts off with [an] existing mystery, but he can't solve it.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
A remarkably engaging technical masterwork.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Conceptually brilliant...Plays like a living-room War Of The Worlds, gaining most of its unsettling force from the suggested and the unknown.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
It has that rare quality of being able to creep the living hell out of you...
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Tense and creepy...Shyamalan's strongest paranormal thriller to date.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
M. Night Shyamalan knows what scares us.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The film's opening and closing title cards seem to say as much about Father Graham's return to the cloth as it does about the size of the director's ego.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
The last 10 minutes are so misguided and goofy, it's hard to believe they were made by the same people who did the rest of the film.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Signs is art-house Night of the Living Dead. There's a point where Mel tells his brother to "swing." Too bad it can't be at the end of a rope.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A taut, intelligent thriller that reminds us of the importance of craft and storytelling.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
The first act hosts as many subtle funnybone attacks as scare attacks; but that spark, that magic, that unexplainable unshakable chill eludes us in "Signs."
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card