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The Village

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

M. Night Shyamalan

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About the Movie

M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat — terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 207
  • Fresh: 90
  • Rotten: 117
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's tedious instead of provocative and so unconvincing as to be preposterous. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Shyamalan, far from being a master of suspense, hasn't yet figured out that the shadowy things you glimpse out of the corner of your eye are always scarier than those you're allowed to gaze upon directly. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: High on foreboding atmospherics and low on goosebumps. – Jan Stuart, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Good movie - hard to recommend

Question one: Did you like Shyamalan's other films? No? then stay away from this one Question two: Did you answer 'yes, but only Sixth Sense'? Yes? Then stay away from this one (and how could you not like Unbreakable??) Question three: Do you think this is a horror film? Yes? Then stay away from this one. Question four: Did you think the ending of Signs was incredibly stupid and ruined the whole thing? Yes? Then stay away from this one. If you've gotten to this point, you 'might' enjoy The Village. I liked it a lot. Many people I know whose opinions I respect thought it was trash. It's really hard to tell if someone will get into this movie or not, and if you don't get into it, it is an excruciatingly tough movie to sit through. On the other hand, I DID get into it, it's a well-crafted story that slowly unfolds itself and though it might be predictable to some, I found it to be properly paced with a couple of great performances. Still, be careful - you might get thirty minutes into this and start getting very mad - the polarization of opinions on this movie fascinates me.

Another Distinctive Shyamalan Flavor

By now, most should realize that Shyamalan's films aren't horror films, yet that seems to be the biggest complaint raised against "The Village." It's suspenseful, but isn't truly scary--much less horrifying. iTunes has labeled it right--thriller. The acting is polished (another sound performance from Joaquin Phoenix), and the directing tasteful. It's entertaining, thought-provoking, and comes complete with a signature Shyamalan twist ending. All-in-all, a decent movie, but if you watch it expecting horror, you'll be sorely disappointed.


Personally, this is one of my favorite movies ever. The plot is great (I personally liked "The Twist"), the acting is great, and the score is one of the best (if not the best) in a movie I've ever seen. I would highly recommend this movie and the score (which you can get in iTunes) !!

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2004

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