(2002)

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
The work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air.
88
Miami Herald
If "The Sixth Sense" was Shyamalan's take on ghost stories and "Unbreakable" his ode to comic books, then Signs is the evil cousin to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
80
Rolling Stone
Follow Shyamalan's Signs. It will take a piece out of you.
80
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Shyamalan is a new national treasure, as attuned to our sensibilities and everyday life as Steven Spielberg.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Signs is about God and family, too, but it's also about scaring the bejesus out of you -- and on that level it works like a miracle.
75
Signs -- though Shyamalan's most visually beautiful work -- seems thinner, barely more than a sketch for a movie, with characters trapped in formulas. Beautifully trapped perhaps -- but paralyzed nonetheless.
75
New York Post
A beautifully crafted, white-knuckle, roller-coaster ride of old-school filmmaking -- the kind that believes that the less you show, the better.
67
Entertainment Weekly
It's a high-octane doomsday vision built almost entirely around our sense of anticipation, and that's both its strength and its weakness.
63
The movie keeps you watching and, at times, even gripped for more than an hour. But, at the end, it leaves us feeling detached and underwhelmed.
60
Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace. When he gets around to doing this in Signs, all is well, but it's a tossup as to whether the film offers enough of a payoff considering how long it takes to get where it's going.
50
New York Daily News
Shyamalan has learned from his idol (Spielberg) how to manipulate audience emotion through the intimacy of an ordinary family that is "contacted." But he is even more shameless about it.
25
Promised to be the season's thoughtful action picture, turns out to have few thoughts and no thrills.

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