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The Happening (2008)



Critic Consensus: The Happening begins with promise, but unfortunately descends into an incoherent and unconvincing trifle.

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"The Happening" is a lightning-paced, heart-pounding paranoid thriller about a family on the run from an inexplicable and unstoppable event that threatens not only humankind, but the most basic human instinct of them all--survival.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel
as Alma Moore
Betty Buckley
as Mrs. Jones
Frank Collison
as Nursery Owner
Jeremy Strong
as Private Auster
Alan Ruck
as Principal
Victoria Clark
as Nursery Owner's Wife
Alison Folland
as Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin
Kristen Connolly
as Woman Reading on Bench
Cornell Womack
as Construction Foreman
Curtis L. McClarin
as Construction Crew Member
Derege Harding
as Train Conductor
Kerry O'Malley
as Woman On Cell Phone
Shayna Levine
as Teenage Girl in Jeep
Stéphane Debac
as French Bicyclist
Cyrille Thouvenin
as French Bicyclist's Friend
Babita Hariani
as Medical Correspondent
Alicia Taylor
as U.S. Reporter
Edward James Hyland
as Professor Kendall Wallace
Armand Schultz
as Talk Show Host
Sophia Burke
as Student Named Laura
Alex Van Kooy
as Boy in Class
Charlie Saxton
as Student Named Dylan
Kathy Hart
as Vice Principal
Lisa Gunn
as Teacher In Auditorium
Rick Foster
as Railway Police Officer
Marc H. Glick
as P.A. System Conductor
Don Castro
as Philadelphia Police Officer
Bill Chemerka
as Taxi Driver Sal
Jann Ellis
as Older Woma with Dog
Jan Ellis
as Older Woman with Dog
Mary Ellen Driscoll
as Woman Passenger
Greg Wood
as Passenger at Counter
Peter Appel
as Diner Owner
Eoin O'Shea
as Passenger 1
Michael Quinlan
as Passenger 2
Lyman Chen
as Passenger 3
Brian O'Halloran
as Jeep Driver
Megan Mazaika
as Jeep Passenger 1
Richard Chew
as Jeep Passenger 2
Keith E. Bullard
as Man in Crowd at Corssroads
Ashley Brimfield
as Woman in Group
Mara Hobel
as Woman with Hands Over Ears
James "Jimbo" Breen
as Farmhouse Voice
James Breen
as Farmhouse Voice
Carmen Bitonti
as Mangled Construction Worker
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Arguing Man in Crowd
Greg Smith Aldridge
as Zoo Employee
Ukee Washington
as Local News Anchor
John Ottavino
as Network News Anchor
Sid Doherty
as Radio News Anchor
Wes Heywood
as Radio Voice
Nancy Sokerka
as Radio Caller Fay
Julia Yorks
as Young Woman Voice on Phone
Bill Shusta
as Radio Newsman
Kirk Penberthy
as Radio Announcer
Alex Craft
as Truck Passenger Boy
Allie Habberstad
as Truck Passenger Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Happening

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (51)

For reasons still unknown, Shyamalan wrote the dialogue this stiffly, and instructed his performers to act like they'd never said words or interacted with each other before.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The Happening is his first hilariously awful film.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

At first, a great deal happens, then nothing much happens for quite some time, then something so underwhelming happens that one is left wondering, 'Did that really just happen?'

November 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined.

September 22, 2008 | Full Review…

The Happening is an awful letdown, yet it leaves you with something new, as a gently waving tree -- that classical image of pastoral tranquillity -- mutates into a harbinger of doom.

June 23, 2008 | Full Review…

There are some creepy moments but overall The Happening is a bit of a non-event.

June 20, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Happening

Such a good premise to build off of, but it fails horribly in terms of acting and writing. The movie caused me to laugh a lot more then I wanted to. This was not a thriller. This was trash.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

Almost everything is so godawful about "The Happening" that it's practically impossible to pinpoint just one thing to critique about it. M. Night Shyamalan, who many thought had hit rock bottom with "Lady in the Water" actually delivers a film even worse than that. An inexplicable natural disaster is causing people to commit suicide and that sets in motion a tale of survival that has the potential to be quite thrilling. Instead Shyamalan struggles to build a fully realized film out of this one idea. What ultimately kills the film for good is the ultimate explanation, which is one of the most absurd in a major motion picture. Poorly conceived "The Happening" is potential gone bad. Really bad.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

I have mixed feelings with this one. Amid all the bad reviews, I found myself intrigued by the premise and the tension was nail-biting and kept me on-edge throughout the whole movie (I kid you not... the whole blowing trees and tension music drove me crazy at times). However, I understand why some might not feel as on-edge as me, as I realized that there was not much happening in "The Happening".

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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