“The Child Is Dead. He Breathed For A Moment. Then He Breathed No More. The Child Is Dead. Dead. The Child Is Dead.”
A member of the Exorcist family, it is a dreadfully silly film, which is not to say that it is totally bad.
Richard Eder - New York Times
As long as movies like The Omen are merely scaring us, they're fun in a portentous sort of way.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Donner directs more for speed than mood, but there are a few good shocks.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Richard Donner's direction is taut. Players all are strong.
Variety Staff - Variety
All references to prophecy and the Antichrist aside, The Omen achieves its horrors the old fashioned way.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Entertaining and yes, still ominous after all these years. A landmark of satanic cinema.
It was the performance of Harvey Stephens as the young Damien that invested the film with the chill of genuine credibility.
David Parkinson - Empire Magazine
Silly and bloody, but at times very effective.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Gory original Satanism saga; popular but plodding.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Devin Faraci - CHUD
...fares a whole lot better than its 2006 remake...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
... a slick, polished, and professional thriller that combines an intriguing mystery with periodic eruptions of bloody violence ...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Goldsmith's score took the film to a level horror films generally never attained in the 1970s.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
The fairly sedate pace and tone may be a bit dry for today's viewer, but by the film's disturbing climax and simple, superbly creepy final image, one appreciates how well it helped build the suspense.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Viewed thirty years on, Richard Donner's demonic classic remains one of the finest horror movies to have been put out by a mainstream studio.
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
- Sydney Morning Herald
- AV Club
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A bald-faced lamprey hitching its razor-tipped maw on the chassis of The Exorcist, The Omen's Sunday school parable of gothic Cathsploitation comes twice as thick and thrice as pious.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
Damien looks like a mini Angus Young -- gotta love it!
Staci Layne Wilson - About.com
Influenced by the success of The Exorcist, this film takes the horror genre one step further and instead of a girl being possessed by the Devil, we have a boy who's the Antichrist.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Damian just isn't ready to play with the grown-ups.
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
This apocalyptic movie mostly avoids physical gore to boost its relatively unoriginal storyline with suspense, some excellent acting (especially from Warner and Whitelaw), and a very deft, incident-packed script.
- Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A truly frightening chiller. A definite classic of the horror genre.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A gruesome guilty pleasure horror film, with Peck and Remick slumming, but being earnest in their performances.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A classic example of 'horror-light' - a movie that succeeds in scaring its audience witless without using most of the stock accoutrements of standard horror movies.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A menacing film about the principalities and powers at work in the universe that defy logic
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Over-produced, unintentionally funny horror film
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Preposterous, sure. But as Apocalyptic religious fantasy, it's far more chills-inducing than, say, the hilariously earnest The Omega Code or even the convoluted and incomprehensible source material itself.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
...it's just a really fun horror film, filled with joyously manipulative undertones of Christian fear that we may or may not believe in.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Creepy horror classic that's just plain fun to watch.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The Omen manages to have its shocks look sensible and seem convincing.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
...a good, tight, little horror shocker and one of the best of the apocalyptic genre.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis