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The Omen Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The release date is the most original thing about it.

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There's one moment that achieves the camp shiver of the original, when Damien's nanny hangs herself at his birthday party (''Damien, it's all for you!'').

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The devil has a new spawn, but this one is not nearly as creepy as its progenitor.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A faithful remake of the 1976 film, and that's a relief; it depends on characters and situations and doesn't go berserk with visuals.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

Unintentionally funny horror remake. So very bad.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film concerns the antichrist and the "end of days," and uses brief images of recent disasters (9/11, Katrina) to suggest the time is near. The film includes extreme violence and bloody images of deaths engineered by Satan/evil forces; the most gruesome images include characters speared and beheaded and a knockdown fight between a father and the nanny. The film also includes a mother saying she wants to abort her second child, seeing a psychiatrist, being terrorized and injured by her son (a scary fall from a balcony), and a father's decision to kill his own young son. The film also contains some strong language, including two uses of the f-word.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies. Why are they so popular, especially with teens? Is gory the same thing as scary?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: No one acts very admirably.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Deaths are bloody, grotesque, and explicit (car explodes and burns passenger, men speared and decapitated by falling architecture); big loud dogs attack several characters; woman hangs herself off a rooftop in public; mother falls from balcony, with flailing limbs and plaintive scream (this might bother younger viewers even more than the bloody stuff); nanny poisons and throttles incapacitated woman in hospital bed; father tries to kill his son (using multiple knives, inside a church).-

  • sex false0

    Sex: Katherine appears in a tub, but nudity is only implied.

  • language false3

    Language: Two f-words, one "damn," one "hell," frequent discussions of God and Satan, lots of screaming in fear and fury.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reporter smokes cigarettes a couple of times.