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The Signal Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… harsh, jolting, funny … Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The Signal combines the inconstancy of an omnibus film with the blandness of art by committee. The end result feels less like a blend of distinct styles than an opportunistic hodgepodge, a second-hand premise wedded to an attention-grabbing gimmick.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Mostly comes down to rage fiends going at one another with baseball bats, knives, pesticide tanks, and power drills.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Bloody, hallucinatory horror movie isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this bloody horror movie is absolutely not for kids. It's packed with gruesome violence, weapons (gun, knife, garden shears, vehicles, poison), and repeated physical assaults by "crazed" TV viewers. Bodies are visible in building hallways and streets, there's a bloody decapitation, killers stagger like zombies, and there's lots of screaming and fleeing. Since the film doesn't have a specific perspective and frequently shifts between hallucinatory images, it can be physically difficult to watch. An early scene shows a naked male bottom and a woman in her underwear. Language includes frequent uses of "f--k" and other profanity.

  • Families can talk about what the film is saying about violence and consumerism in media. Is it an effective message? Does the extremely violent context make it more or less successful? Can you think of other horror movies that try to make a serious point?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Infected characters are enraged and brutal; victims are mostly unable to fight back; no heroes.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Lots (cast list includes many "random bodies"). Image on a TV shows exploitation/slasher movie (women tied and tortured by man with hatchet, blood everywhere). First sign of trouble is a bloody man in the street, moaning in pain. Characters afflicted with a virus-like "signal" kill and assault others continually, using a car, a bat, garden shears, a knife, a gun, a shovel, bug spray, a hatchet, a chainsaw, a golf club, and a hammer. Woman slips on pooled blood in a hallway, bloody man is duct-taped to chair, bloody bodies appear strewn in the street, a man appears on fire, a man is decapitated (bloody head rolls on the floor).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Early scenes show lovers in bed, post-sex; he stands, and you see his naked bottom; she gets up to dress, appearing in bra and panties. Brief kiss near film's end. Occasional disturbing sexual language (e.g., "I'm just gonna grab a slut and pee in her butt," "She can feel my corn," "p---y," "boobs," "boner," "I made out with the dog for New Year's").

  • language false5

    Language: Many uses of "f--k," plus other profanity, including "s--t," "hell," "bitch," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking at a New Year's gathering. Occasional cigarette smoking.