'The Messengers' Critic Reviews

52%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
12%
Rotten Tomatoes:   86 reviews
  • Gregory Kirschling Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    The Asian-horror-movie moment feels long since passed, both here and abroad. Let our zombies walk or even sprint again! Give our creepy kids back their pupils!
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Matt Zoller Seitz New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    With The Messengers, the Pang brothers devise scenes so scary that they stain the imagination and never scrub out.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's pretty ordinary genre stuff.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    The grown-ups fare worse: They speak . . . very . . . slowly . . . as if to pad the running time out. This may in fact be the most ridiculous performance John Corbett has ever given.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    The MessengersI/i> is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Sadly, the movie just doesn't deliver chills.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    [The film is] hampered by hauntingly lame performances by McDermott and Miller, who phone in their parts, and a screenplay that has the sophistication and complexity of a college dorm message board.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The most frightening aspect of the film is that it will soon be haunting the bargain bins of shoddy video stores.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ronnie Scheib Variety (Top Critic)
    The Pangs painfully hew to a vision of an idealized Americana with the 'happy ending' coming off as especially egregious.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Nicely photographed but slow-moving, dull and utterly predictable.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    There isn't much of a script to work with, and for the occasional pull-out-the-stops moment, it never really builds towards its finish.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    If the ghosts were magnets and the Solomons were paperclips, the two parties couldn't be in a bigger rush to collide.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    The Messengers borrows so heavily from The Amityville Horror, The Birds, The Grudge, Poltergeist, and others that it has no room left for anything of its own.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This first American horror effort by the Pang Bros. doesn't deliver.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    It isn't until the end that things spin out of control. No one says 'Gimme the bat, Wendy' or 'Here's Johnny!' But they come close.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Sam Adams Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The objective view gives the audience too much room to unravel its schematic plot, which is far less inspired than its creepy visuals.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steve Newton Georgia Straight
    Thai twin-brother directors Oxide and Danny Pang did primo horror work on 2002's Hong Kong cornea-transplant flick The Eye, but on their first American film their atmospheric efforts are usurped by a brain-dead script that seems written by a 12-year-old.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Justine Elias Boston Phoenix
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    There are flashes of good imagery in The Messengers, but [they] work better in the trailer, unencumbered by the dreary plot.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Brian Holcomb CinemaBlend.com
    40
    Patchwork filmmaking designed by a corporate mentality devoted only to the defense of the lowest common denominator. The viewer is assumed to be stupid and easily duped.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    34
    The only message worth relaying about The Messengers is: Avoid.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    60
    Um filme falho (especialmente com relacao ao seu roteiro), mas que oferece belos exemplos do dom que os cineastas tem para criar planos e cenas perturbadores.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Garth Franklin Dark Horizons
    Full Review » 7 years ago