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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Graham asks Bo to turn up the volume on the TV, she reaches forward and the volume increases before she makes contact with the button. Also, she then holds her finger on the button but the volume does not continue to increase, instead, it remains constant.
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Boom mic visible 

As Graham takes Bo inside, after Houdini has died, they meet Merrill on the way into the house. As Bo mutters "Houdini's sick", the shadow of a boom mic can be seen traveling across Merrill's shirt and face.
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Character error 

When Merrill yells at the children on TV at the birthday party in Brazil, he uses Spanish - "vámonos!" ("Let's go!"). But people in Brazil speak Portuguese, so the correct term would be "vamos!" However, it is a common misconception that Brazilians speak Spanish and could simply be an error on the part of the character.
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The news anchor, when discussing the lights over Mexico, pauses long enough for Bo and Morgan to fight over his taping over her video. The voice returns once Morgan pops in the tape.
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Continuity 

The basement door is green in every shot except the very last one when Merrill is opening the door to go up and check for the "all clear" - it is a close-up of the handle and the door is painted brown.
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In the final scene with the alien holding Morgan, throughout most of it, the alien is holding Morgan in his right arm, with the left about to deliver the poison. Just before Gram sees the memory of his wife, a shot of the alien shows the position reversed, and also Morgan looks a lot smaller, as if it is just a dummy, or maybe a smaller child. It's blurred, but it almost looks as if there are no legs.
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As Officer Paski walks back to her cruiser, her ballpoint pen shifts from being clipped on the outside of her shirt pocket to being fully inside.
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Uncle Merrill disappears from the end of the table when Morgan is talking to the sheriff.
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When Graham comes to the children after Morgan had to kill their dog, Bo is sitting with her knees up to her face. In this shot her shoes are perfectly tied. Once it changes to Graham and Morgan looking down at the dead dog and Morgan leaves, Graham goes over to Bo. Her right shoe lace is untied.
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When Graham looks out the window at the large flock of birds, the corn stalks are brown. This is in contrast to all of the other shots, were the corn is green.
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At the beginning of the film, the camera looks to the backyard and it is dark out. When the men run outside, it is midday, and there is a shadow on the front of the house.
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In the scene where everyone is at the table not eating their dinner, the spaghetti on Bo's plate changes when the camera cuts to her.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crew members, one possibly holding a boom mic, are reflected in the lights of Caroline's police car when she is talking to Graham after they have seen the crop circles on TV for the first time.
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When Graham is at Reddy's house, Reddy speeds away in his truck the camera is reflected in the window.
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Errors in geography 

When they drive into town, we are shown an aerial view of East Lancaster Avenue and the Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford, PA (near Maryland), when the area the movie is supposed to take place in is Newtown, PA (near Trenton, NJ).
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In the start of the movie it says that they are 45 miles outside of Philadelphia. In reality they are no more than 10 miles from the Philadelphia border.
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Factual errors 

The man on the poster in the U.S. Army recruiting office is wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform.
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The Army recruiter's uniform ribbons are in an incorrect order.
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The pizza place they eat at when the go to "town" in reality does not actually serve pizza but makes take home pizza kits that you cook yourself. However, the store is fictionalized so that it does serve pizza for the movie.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

They nail boards on the outside of inward-opening doors. Obviously this isn't going to prevent the doors from being opened, but anything is better than nothing and they're panicking anyway. Moreover, when Merrill asks Graham how they will know if boarding the windows will work, Graham replies, "Because they seem to have trouble with pantry doors". Graham is implying that if the aliens have trouble with pantry doors, boarding them can only help. Doing so also may give everyone, especially the children, a sense of hope and/or security.
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Revealing mistakes 

The Alien Graham encounters in the cornfield has feet that do not resemble the feet of the Alien who menaces the family at the end.
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At the end of the movie when the Uncle is swinging the bat, the bat breaks. It shows the break being a somewhat clean break in the middle of the bat. Baseball bats do not break that way since they are made with the grain of the wood. This causes them to splinter when they break, and they break at the weakest part of the bat - the handle.
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The family television has no problems picking up a clear TV signal, even though the antenna cable isn't plugged in.
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When Graham drops the knife in Ray Reddy's house (when the alien lunges at him) the hand that fumbles for the knife wears a skin tight, dark colored sleeve. Graham's jacket in the scene is baggy-sleeved and light colored.
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When the Hess family goes into town, most of the trees in town have changed into their fall colors. Indeed, some leaves are brown, and there are dead leaves in the street. Yet, most of the trees around the farmhouse, especially those surrounding the corn field are dark green.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

Aliens are supposedly afraid of or damaged by water, yet they can also run naked through the best way for a body to become soaked: a Pennsylvania cornfield at night. It would be highly, highly unlikely (if not unheard of) that there would be no dew on the corn at night.
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Plot holes 

The aliens are harmed by water, and yet they invade, naked, a planet that has water covering over 70% of its surface and where water frequently falls from the sky in the form of rain.

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