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The Messengers Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A tepid ghost story filled with all the usual things that go bump in the night minus the somewhat crucial element of suspense, this bland effort from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures is surprisingly devoid of the creepy, claustrophobic atmospherics that haunt the brothers' Asian work.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    There are a few decent jolts in The Messengers, but every one of them is accompanied by a cheap freak-out on the soundtrack so you know to be decently jolted.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Creepy haunted house flick is nothing new.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens who like ghost stories may well want to see this latest creepy-scary horror film. It includes frequent jump scenes (big noises, sudden movements on screen), and its premise is based on the long-ago murder of a family. Early scenes indicate the killings with spatters of blood, rough camerawork, loud booms, and screaming. Later, gray-faced, long-limbed ghosts grab at the main character's head and ankles, and viewers see glimpses of ghosts in the walls and under floors and repeated scenes of crows flying, perching, and attacking. Violence is usually insinuated by fast editing and close-ups, though the bloody effects are visible. Minor language includes "damn," "s--t," and "hell." The movie's most disturbing theme has the parents disbelieving and distrusting their daughter, although viewers know she's right.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of ghost stories. Why is the idea of supernatural hauntings so popular in movies and other media? Do you believe in ghosts? Do you think they'd behave like the ones in this movie? Families can also talk about Jess' relationship with her parents. How does the movie show that they can't get past her mistake back in Chicago? How does that affect their current relationship? How does Jess cope with their suspicions? Are there better ways that they could deal with their issues?

The good stuff
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    Messages: References to Jess' previous "mistakes" (meaning her drinking and driving, which led to a car accident that injured her brother); murdered previous house owners seek revenge; parents don't believe their daughter's reports of haunting (she worries that she's going crazy).

What to watch for
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    Violence: Scary movie stuff: ghosts move quickly and make crackly noises, shadows loom, a house has creaky floors (and, in the cellar, a floor that turns into something like quicksand, with hands that reach out at grab at victims); lots of dark places, lots of close-ups with blurry, shawdowy threats in the near background; crows attack people several times, leaving them bloodied; farmer shoots his gun at the crows; family members are attacked by father with a pitchfork; attacks lead to screaming and falling; house sometimes shakes, walls collapse, pitchfork spikes slice through walls, ghosts appear through walls and under floors.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Parents joke about sex (he says he's going to do "new things" to her, he's been reading the "Farmer Sutra") and kiss and embrace in the kitchen.

  • language false3

    Language: Minor language, including "hell," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and several instances of "damn it."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reference to Jess' drinking and dirving in back in Chicago.