Official Review Thread


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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #60 on: June 11, 2008, 11:05:33 PM »
Agree. Lot of critics are confused, I think they must watch the movie again...lol...

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #61 on: June 12, 2008, 12:14:46 AM »
Twist or No, 'Happening' is Tense, Smart

http://www.dailycal.org/article/101870/twist_or_no_happening_is_tense_smart

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Very nice review!
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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #62 on: June 12, 2008, 12:40:44 AM »
I have to watch it again to... don't know what to day yet....

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #63 on: June 12, 2008, 03:58:02 AM »
DILinator, I wouldn't worry about hijacking the thread, I'm sure people just scroll passed our little discussions and probably mutter something under their breath about us getting lives or something.

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And if there are "hot topic" movies like LITW, There Will Be Blood", or No Country for Old Men, I make sure to ask people's opinions of those.  And the overwhelming majority do not like ANY of those movies.  You may not feel that those people represent part of a valid argument, but I feel they are as valid and more so really than critics, IMDB users, Rotten Tomato-ites, and film buffs.  Heck, film buffs are a part of that group, but they are very much in the minority compared to the average moviegoer in the lot.   .

What about my friends and acquaintances though!?!?!  I never said your friends and acquaintances aren't valid as far as what moviegoers think, just that they actually only represent a small group, regardless of how varied of a cross section you think they are, and not necessarily what most moviegoers think.  It seems as though you are suggesting that you are the only person with friends and acquaintances who represent the movie going public, but I feel the same way about the people that I talk to as well.  So my point is neither of us can say either way which is more representative, in my opinion.  And if that's the case, when you argue about the general movie going public as any kind of basis for anything, your argument becomes somewhat invalid to me.  All those things I mentioned as far as indicators of success/blahblahblah were things that I thought you mentioned as being indicators of a general consensus.  It turns out that you only suggested critical acclaim, boxoffice, and budget should be really be taken into account, if it all.  I think the point still stands up though.  There Will Be Blood was arguably the best reviewed movie of the year and it made 40 million domestically, and 75 million worldwide on a 25 million dollar budget.  That could absolutely be considered successful, under previously stated terms that is, considering the most theaters it ever played in was half the amount of most major motion pictures, and the fact that movies that are slated to be blockbusters generally spend much more money on marketing then a movie like There Will Be Blood also.  That was the point there. 

Look, here is my big issue, obviously you can say a movie sucked, and you can say everyone you know thought the same, and that would actually mean something in your argument, as far I am concerned.  But as soon as that becomes what the average moviegoers think according to you, then it becomes something totally different. At that point your argument begins to lose credibility I think, because you seem to be negating my and everyone's friends and acquaintances opinions in favor or yours being the only true representatives of how the movie fared. 

When I started this, it was gonna be like 2 lines.  I can't help myself.

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #64 on: June 12, 2008, 07:40:28 AM »
More reviews.... :)

The Happening: It?s Alive! A modern B-movie - (+)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/news_breaking/20080612_The_Happening__Its_Alive__A_modern_B-movie.html

'The Happening' offers horrific silliness, B-movie style
  (mixed leaning towards positive)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/shyamalan-movie-film-2066068-review-wahlberg

Shyamalan swings and misses (mixed - 3/5)

http://www.yourmovies.com.au/movies/?action=movie_info&title_id=35203

The Happening will freak you out!
(3/5)

http://inhome.rediff.com/movies/2008/jun/12hap1.htm
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Re: Official Review Thread
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« Reply #66 on: June 12, 2008, 07:58:49 AM »
27% on Rotten Tomatoes right now. I think the trend is definitely downward. Count on it being pronounced a confirmed stinker by the critics. On the other hand, Hulk is at 75%. As if the Happening needed more things to go against it !

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #67 on: June 12, 2008, 08:05:54 AM »
^^ I guess...it is too early to say that ( Just 12....should be more clear by this evening).  There are lot of positive reviews out there. 

Between....Metacritic is at 46  (too early again.....out of 4 reviews)

http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/happening
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« Reply #68 on: June 12, 2008, 11:46:52 AM »
Australia is having a field day with reviews. Sorry if I have any reviews here that people have mentioned already...

OK! Magazine - really brief review. no spoilers. 3.5 stars
http://www.okmagazine.com.au/entertainment.html?search=567&p=movie

Citysearch review. 2 stars. Negative review. no spoilers.
http://perth.citysearch.com.au/movies/viewContent/1119945819624/1137593580934/1137526451678

Science Fiction and Fantasy Media. M. Night Shyamalan?s The Happening: the critics will hate it. 4/10 rating. no spoilers (but external links to major ones)
http://sffmedia.com/content/view/175/37/

Web Wombat review. The Happening by Sean Lynch. 2.5 out of 5. BIG SPOILER
http://www.webwombat.com.au/entertainment/movies/happening.htm
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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #69 on: June 12, 2008, 11:47:15 AM »
Down to 17% now. ONce it is on this curve, there is no way it climbs back to respectability. Well, so much less ammunition against the haters. At least I hope it does well at the BO - a prospect which looks horrifically dim.

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« Reply #70 on: June 12, 2008, 12:01:39 PM »
What happened to the Montreal Film Journal review...they took it off?

There are alot of posotive reviews that they have not put on there yet...I hope they update it fully by tonight and it should be between 30-40%

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #71 on: June 12, 2008, 12:43:22 PM »
*Sigh*
Rotten Tomatoes' reviews are not so nice...I'm getting a bit worried...

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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #72 on: June 12, 2008, 12:47:55 PM »
See, this is why I stress with people to ignore places like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.  This small fragment of people, most of whom already knew they were going to write a bad review before they (supposedly) watched the movie, are stealing your joy in anticipation of this film.  Don't let them!  The Lost World (JP 2), The Mummy, and National Treasure are all "rotten" according to that ridiculously out of touch site, yet all three were wildly successful films.  I wouldn't assume that the general public isn't going to like this film just because some film snobs at a fringe site are trashing it.  I never go there, because for all intents and purposes, the site is meaningless in any substantive way.  I recommend all Night fans avoid it as well, at least where Shyamalan films are concerned.
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Re: Official Review Thread
« Reply #73 on: June 12, 2008, 01:48:42 PM »
DILinator,
Agree with you completely. I am going to go tomorrow pretending I did not read anything (tough to do but I will try). My wife, not much of a MNS fan after LITW, really wants to go and said 'the RT guys write cra* anyway'.
You can never tell with the movie-going public but unfortunately when a movie rates this low, even on RT, it doesn't do well at the BO. Perhaps if it is rotten in the 30-40% range, it may still become a hit. OTOH, movies such as Indy 4 are rated solidly fresh and turn out to be bad (and I am/was an Indy fan !) but hits.
Come to think of it, I used to enjoy many movies long before RT and critics started telling me what I should be liking.  ;)

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« Reply #74 on: June 12, 2008, 01:58:50 PM »
Now it's at 14% on RT :(. That's even less than Lady, although of course the Happening doesn't have as many reviews yet.

On a slightly better note, the Happening's MOVIEmeter at IMDB is up 61% since last week. (That means it has a lot of awareness, right?)
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