(2006)

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Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
A faithful remake of the 1976 film, and that's a relief; it depends on characters and situations and doesn't go berserk with visuals.
75
New York Post
Director John Moore has added some creepy visuals and assembled an unusually strong cast for a horror flick.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Omen remake is creepily efficient. Unlike one of the newfangled horrorfests, it doesn't drown you in brackish atmosphere and surround-sound you with techno music.
63
There are no surprises for anyone who's seen the earlier version, and younger horror fans may find the modest body count and restrained gore unsatisfying.
63
Charlotte Observer
The casting is weaker this time. Watching Peck crumble under fear and doubt was like seeing a skyscraper implode; Schreiber's more of a whipped puppy for most of the film.
50
The remake is a solidly crafted movie with a lot of good scares, but it also raises the question: Why even bother with an update?
50
The devil has a new spawn, but this one is not nearly as creepy as its progenitor.
50
New York Daily News
Rent the original. It tells exactly the same story, with a better cast and with special effects that are as good or better.
42
Entertainment Weekly
There's one moment that achieves the camp shiver of the original, when Damien's nanny hangs herself at his birthday party (''Damien, it's all for you!'').
40
The Hollywood Reporter
The release date is the most original thing about it.
25
Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's "Psycho" has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact.

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