The Happening | Full Movie

The Happening
  • R
  • 1h 31m
  • 2008
Rotten18%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten18%
Critics Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.
Reviews
Time Out
Nigel Floyd
Rotten

At first, a great deal happens, then nothing much happens for quite some time, then something so u...

June 22, 2017
The New Republic
Christopher Orr
Rotten

[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almo...

June 21, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane
Rotten

The Happening is an awful letdown, yet it leaves you with something new, as a gently waving tree -...

June 21, 2017
Observer
Rex Reed
Rotten

For a movie with the potential for so much global-warming electricity, it's disappointingly low on...

March 3, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

It almost dares you to roll your eyes or laugh at certain scenes that are supposed to be deadly se...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Horror film is long on peril, but thin on plot.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tense horror film is the first one from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan to earn an R rating -- and for good reason. It's loaded with violent, bloody images and is much more graphic than the PG-13 movies that have earned him a following among teens. It revolves around people falling victim to an airborne toxin that induces suicidal behavior -- consequently, there's a constant stream of self-inflicted deaths throughout the film, many of them quite graphic (falling from heights, gunshots, car crashes, heads going through windows, etc.).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Thriller, Disaster Movie
  • Release Date:June 13, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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