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The Village Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's bad enough to make parable a four-letter word.

  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Unlike "The Sixth Sense," the film's key revelation might be too mild to jolt audiences. Some may even feel cheated.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Village emerges as a victim of its own ambitions. At one point, Edward advises Ivy: "Do your very best not to scream." That doesn't require much restraint on our part.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly

    It gives nothing of the plot away to say that there's a fine line between an ''Aha!'' and an ''Oh, brother!'' Whether you feel The Village crosses that line may hinge on whether you think Shyamalan's screenwriting ability is beginning to lag behind his skill as a director.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    For those who like the director's body of work, appreciate "The Twilight Zone," and have a high suspension of disbelief threshold, The Village is likely to satisfy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very tense and scary thriller that may be too much for some tweens. Know your kid. While much of the scary stuff is in the audience's imagination, there are some scary jump-out-at-you surprises and some gory graphic images. Characters are attacked and killed. Some viewers may be concerned about the portrayal of a developmentally delayed and possibly disturbed character.

  • Families can talk about what drew the families in the village to settle where they did in spite of the risks. They could also think about whether there were any clues in the movie that pointed to the ultimate twist. Why did Edward send Ivy? The movie was originally called "The Woods." Is that a better title? What is the scariest part of the movie and why?

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    Violence: Intense peril, characters killed, some graphic images and scary surprises.

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