By the time the film is over you may feel as if the 12 year old inside of you has been utterly wowed and that the adult is still going, 'Hmmmm...'
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
What Unbreakable shows is Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Whatever your final verdict, you could do worse than enjoy one of the most fertile minds in Hollywood.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Unbreakable is a film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Unbreakable is at once flagrantly absurd and stubbornly mournful.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
Shyamalan made the unfortunate but predictable choice of trying to bottle The Sixth Sense's lightning and reuse it.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Ponderous, pretentious and self-indulgent, it nonetheless puts Mr. Shyamalan's technical prowess on display. Still, you'll wonder if the pay-off was worth the journey.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
The surprise ending here is as bad as Sixth Sense's was good.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
Far-fetched and utterly humorless.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Unbreakable is a compelling yarn.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
The presence of pop culture refs via comics makes quite notable the absence of any humor or sense of fun, just as it makes its pretentions to deep meaning and self-importance all the more specious.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
All I will say about it is that its overwhelming horror hit me more powerfully than a locomotive, and that, after I knew what it was, I couldn't believe I had overlooked it. Days later, I still find myself obsessed with that twist.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
There's no question Unbreakable, for all its flaws, is a movie that stays with you.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
Sean Means - Film.com
Long before these came up on screen, however, Unbreakable had defined itself as a big disappointment.
Robert Horton - Film.com
Unbreakable may not be beautiful, but it sure has character.
Ray Pride - Salon.com
An engaging and intriguing yarn.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An intriguing story executed with visual panache and fine acting performances.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Thrill-kill plots, cardboard characters and zap-pow editing are not for Shyamalan, who takes his good, thoughtful time to snare audiences in his dark web.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Unbreakable seems to have encouraged all its actors to emulate Willis' lugubrious pacing, meaning that usually vibrant actors such as Wright Penn and Jackson are not shown to their best advantage.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Interesting premise, but ultimately disappointing.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Sequel talk often sparks because this unconventionally contemplative comic-book film is M. Night Shyamalan's only idea worth continuing -a patient, downbeat and thrillingly unpredictable drama that still stands today as Shyamalan's visionary masterpiece.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
A superhero origin story for an audience that appreciates human stories...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
With all these superlatives, how could Shyamalan so badly misjudge vital elements to the story? The melodramatic elements take away substantially from much of what could otherwise be hailed as a masterpiece.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The characters (especially Willis') are drab and uninteresting, and the story, even allowing for the supernatural overtones, is unconvincing.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The old magic fails to re-materialize, thanks to overwrought melodrama and contrived plot developments.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
a little too pretentious but still good
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Shyamalan takes us in close, picking up sad and angry whispers; his people almost never raise their voices.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The dialogue has more pauses than a High School production of Samuel Beckett. And while that works up to a point, you find yourself wanting to grab the characters and shake them out of their introspective stupors.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Shyamalan has already established his own personal stamp for his films.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Remarkable, dark, and surprising.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Un hommage fulgurant a la bande dessinee dont bon nombre des adaptations qui ont suivi auraient gagne a prendre comme exemple.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Unbreakable is an extraordinarily quiet movie. Impatient audience members will probably give up on the movie early, and they'll miss out.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Shyamalan has a way to go before ascending to the level of Alfred Hitchcock, the uncontested master of psychological suspense, but he clearly wants to do so.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Might have made an interesting episode of the X-Files, but it fails as a full length movie.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
When was the last time a big budget Hollywood thriller (with Bruce Willis, no less) came off as understated?
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
It is filled with interesting choices from behind the camera, giving a sometimes skewed perspective of the world, and meaningful silences in the dialogue, reminiscent of Pinter.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
A depressing, definitive case of a film that experiences in its third and final act what one could either call, charitably, a total loss of its convictions, or, less charitably, a total brain aneurysm.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
...the work of a movie-savvy intelligence who understands exactly what he's doing
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
I enjoyed the newer edition much more than last year's model.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
An oddly muted comic-book fable that treads a fine line between ridiculous and profound.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Again, the director uses Bruce Willis as his leading man; again, he draws from the action-star icon an intense, low-key performance that is all about stillness and silent pain.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Unbreakable lies in that nether space between atmospheric and boring.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
It's easily one of the year's best movies.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
In the end, you leave the theatre satisfied and looking for more.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
An impressive and original bit of storytelling.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A loving ode to everything that a comic book is about, both inside and out.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
less spooky than it is moody, less scary than it is absorbing. Instead of punctuating his film with shocks, Shyamalan challenges moviegoers to pay attention and rewards them with a rich, contemplative tale...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Excelente guion. Maravillosa edicion, especialmente en el climax de la pelicula.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
A prova definitiva de que O Sexto Sentido nao foi um mero golpe de sorte de seu diretor/roteirista.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Once the kid points the gun at his father, 'Unbreakable' just gets worse and worse.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Despite my misgivings, I’m glad I saw the film.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The gimmicks here break down, taking with them the fragile artifice of plausibility, authenticity, and emotional truth that Shyamalan has crafted.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Awful... an insult to my intelligence.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
You have an ordinary enough guy who, during an extraordinary situation, learns that he is somehow blessed with super powers.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The more I say, the more I risk spoiling surprises
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Beautifully well made, intelligent films like this don't come along very often.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It is worth seeing and sustains the interest we have in what Shyamalan might do next.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
You can't help but admire the craftsmanship, but you also wonder whether there's anything beyond it.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Genesis of an unwitting hero.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Shyamalan is a brilliant young director; in Unbreakable he may not have a lot to say, but I like the way he says it.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Dreary though spiritually sound.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
The trouble with the movie is its plot, which begins with a richly enigmatic aura, then becomes more silly and superficial with every new twist.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Shyamalan has shown himself to be an outstanding master of atmosphere and a riveting storyteller.
George Perry - BBC
Karen Moline - Movieline
The story is propelled by the idea that we live in a world so desperate for heroes, that people can go to extreme measures to either imagine or create them.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
Although the subject matter is fantastical, Shyamalan keeps it down to earth with moody realism and a refusal to overstate anything.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...a labored, shallow exercise in cheap thrills that is more interested in playing with the audience's mind than uncovering a decent, thought-provoking narrative.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Great performances, moments and ideas. If it doesn't provide the tidy ending that made The Sixth Sense a talking-point, that might not be a bad thing.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Unhappily, Unbreakable's codes and moral lines are too familiar and too visible.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Los resultados son en muchos aspectos superiores a lo realizado por Shyamalan con anterioridad
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
It has some good atmosphere and a nice twist at the end, but the ends of this film, to paraphrase Ambrose Bierce, are too far apart.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
An uncommonly absorbing movie.
David Forsmark - Credo
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
It's further proof that Shyamalan is, at age 30, one of Hollywood's most exacting and meticulous craftsmen.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
M. Night Shyamalan attempts a more ambitious scheme with his latest effort, but, in a shocking misjudgement, he includes a lugubrious plot explication that leads to heavy-lidded eyes and unintentional laughs.
Rod Armstrong - Reel.com
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has imagination and flair, and he''ll probably tell us engrossing stories for years to come. Unbreakable just isn''t one of them.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Screenwriter Shyamalan needs to get out more. His script is intelligent, yes, but also self-indulgent.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Begins with so much promise and ends with such frustrating results.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Appealing but less accomplished.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
In the long run, I suspect, this film will prove forgettable, although a more excruciatingly well-made forgettable picture you're not likely to see.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
If you can manage that precious, tentative suspension of disbelief, you'll find Unbreakable a rewarding meditation on the nature of heroes, both comic book and otherwise.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The film itself is engrossing, despite the ridiculousness of the premise.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
When it comes to explanations, Unbreakable flirts with mumbo jumbo.
Dean Essner - Seattle Times
Jarringly shifts from being a potential letdown to a certifiable pop-cinema masterpiece.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Brilliant and steady camera work produces an eerie ambiance that keeps audiences hooked. But for what? It all relies too heavily on a payoff that derails before its time.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A big letdown.
Dave White - IFilm
The kind of movie that's talked about well after the credits roll.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
While it's well worth seeing, it has to be labeled as a disappointment.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It's easy to admire what Shyamalan is trying to do here; it's just tough to argue that he succeeds.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
During a conversation between an astonished doctor and a miraculously unscathed Dunne ... it's a measure of Shyamalan's restraint and his uncanny knack for storytelling.
Lawrence Terenzi - Mr. Showbiz
It's clearly the work of a young master that gives its audience something to mull over long after they leave the theater.
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Shyamalan proves he's a solid, capable filmmaker whom we'll be seeing a lot more of in the future.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
You'll like the story enough and the way it unravels in the last 15 minutes is awfully schweeet. Just don't go in expecting The Sixth Sense Part Two.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A mostly spellbinding drama that may not be the spectacular achievement of Shyamalan's last film, but why does it or should it have to be?
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Sets a new standard for genre pictures.
Tim Bennett - CheckOut.com
Takes so much time and effort to unravel the complex premise that the picture never takes off.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
A worthy successor to Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
It is especially delightful for those who like puzzlers and think they can gather enough clues to take a stab at guessing the outcome.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Shyamalan is a brilliant filmmaker with a distinctive style, but he still needs substance.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Shyamalan makes a respectable attempt in Unbreakable, but lands shy of the excellence he'd achieved in his earlier work.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Polished but rarely compelling, Unbreakable is ultimately disappointing.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
The big surprise ending of Unbreakable is what a disappointment it is.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
It needs structure and it doesn't have it.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Having hooked us, it leaves us looking for complexity where there is none.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Little surprises ... brilliantly unfold throughout the film.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Each shot is layered with delicious meaning, like a wedding cake layered with frosting.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Fans of Willis and Jackson may well be disappointed by its foggy, pretentiousness texture.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Unbreakable shows us lightning can strike twice in the same place, if you make it, but the second time will never be quite as thrilling.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The element of surprise proves to be Unbreakable's greatest virtue, not to mention a quality richer and more elegantly pulled off than it was in Sense.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A work of transcendent filmic genius, one that acknowledges the audience's expectations, confounds them, rebuilds them, and ends up using them to brilliant, astonishing advantage.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Though Unbreakable lacks a bit of the narrative purity and shock of The Sixth Sense, it's still a bona fide original.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
An exquisitely crafted film filled with little shocks and deep echoes of humanity. It'll stick with you.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Until the last-minute letdown, Shyamalan does a superb job of setting up his scenes.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
As slack and languid as The Sixth Sense was tense and deliberate.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A considerable emotional investment in comic book lore is required for that to make this glum, poky picture worth watching through to the final revelation.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
John Anderson - Newsday
Manages to successfully slap together a unique mystery, interesting characters, real life situations to which we could all relate and a touch of the paranormal.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Shyamalan once again shows himself to be an amazing director; but the script for Unbreakable simply doesn't have the complex emotional layers of his last effort.
Andy Klein - TNT's Rough Cut
Extremely competent in the hands of its crew.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Sophistic morality disguised as pretentious comic-book entertainment.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
Like a ten-cent light bulb, the story burns out too soon leaving the audience completely in the dark.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A well-crafted, strongly-acted film.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
M. Night Shyamalan's films are so different from the rest of the multiplex population that it surprises me that contemporary, supposedly impatient audiences would sit still for them.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
As absorbing as much of it is, Unbreakable winds up as a mild disappointment.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A potentially interesting idea deflated by the absurd proclamations of an arch screenplay and smothered under the ponderous gravity of M. Night Shyamalan's dreary direction.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A muddled, self-serious snoozer.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
At times, I found it terrific and effective, but at others, it felt boring and occasionally a bit goofy.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Probes the mystery of goodness and the unique heroic powers we all have within ourselves. One of the best films of the year.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A masterfully crafted film with a precision plot, full of extraordinary, allusionary storytelling and fine-tuned scenes.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Most viewers -- especially those swept up by The Sixth Sense -- are likely to find it a grave disappointment.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A tremendously interesting film.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
It definitely requires a bigger leap of faith than The Sixth Sense did, but one thing's for sure -- there's nothing else like it, and that alone makes it an incredible moviegoing experience.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Whereas The Sixth Sense was merely an OK movie with a great ending, Unbreakable is more.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Easily qualifies as the strangest, most subdued and most unconventional super-hero movie ever made.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Credibility is all but thrown out the window once Bruce Willis dons a cape-like outfit and starts running around like Superman.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Any movie that asks audiences to think about more than where they parked is a good thing.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Even when the plot comes perilously close to the ludicrous, it holds our attention, keeps us guessing and wondering.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Give the filmmaker credit for composing thrills without explosions, car chases and showy special effects.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Bruce Willis gives a careful, measured performance.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
In its own, weird way it resonates, even after a story that some will see as silly and an ending that teeters on gimmicky.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
What buffers the fantastical elements and makes the characters worth an emotional investment is Shyamalan's commitment to the small elements of family life and relationships.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Even with its flaws and misses, Unbreakable is fairly unforgettable.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
'Plodding' is definitely the operative word this time around.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Well-crafted, even thought-provoking film that's seriously marred by an awful ending.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City