“Well Done, Shyamalan”
“THE #1 MOVIE FROM M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN! BETTER THAN "THE SIXTH SENSE!"”
“"There's A Monster Outside My Room. Can I Have A Glass Of Water?"”
“This Is A Great Film”
“One Of My Favourite Movies”
“AN AWSOME MOVIE”
“A Tight, Tense, Thrill Ride. M. Night Delivers Again!”
“It's A Hoax.”
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
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
- 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
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)
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
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
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
Aliens are simply the flashy Hollywood vehicle through which Shyamalan channels a more redeeming message.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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)
M. Night Shyamalan hesitates between mayhem and mysticism.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
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
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
If Shyamalan directed Jaws, the film would be about Sheriff Brody's fear of the water.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The emotion and drama Shyamalan produces is painstakingly truthful once the seemingly absurd is introduced.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.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
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
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
Shyamalan would have done better to leave the soapbox at home.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
...knows it is what you don't know that's scary.
Blake French - NutzWorld
[Shyamalan's] a skilled flashlight-guy, and movie theaters are his campfires.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies