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The Village (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began.

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Joaquin Phoenix
as Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody
as Noah Percy
William Hurt
as Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver
as Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson
as August Nicholson
Cherry Jones
as Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston
as Vivian Percy
Jayne Atkinson
as Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer
as Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz
as Christop Crane
Michael Pitt
as Finton Coin
Zach Wall
as Donald
Scott Sowers
as Man with the Raised Eyebrows
Jordan Burt
as 12-Year-Old Boy
Jane Lowe
as Brown-Eyed Girl
Charlie McDermott
as 10-Year-Old Boy
Robert Lenzi
as Young Man
Liz Stauber
as Beatrice
Tim Moyer
as Flustered Man
Sydney Shapiro
as Oldest Walker Daughter
Mia Rose Colona
as Middle Walker Daughter
Chloe Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daughter
Sydney Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daughter
John Rusk
as Town Crier
Joey Anaya
as Those We Don't Speak Of
Kevin Foster
as Those We Don't Speak Of
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Critic Reviews for The Village

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (55)

It all comes to a head... in perhaps the greatest sequence Shyamalan has ever filmed.

January 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Shyamalan's films never send that chill up the bone on a second viewing. Worse, with Signs and The Village even the first viewing is becoming a bit of a yawn.

January 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The entire solemn, portentous edifice that is The Village collapses of its own fake weight.

March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Frankly, if you believe this twaddle, you'll believe anything, and if you believe anything, you don't need to go to the films -- you can just sit at home and fantasise for free.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Dangerously dour.

July 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Village


A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell, but those more open-minded may find an interesting film with an evocative cinematography, even if the main twist (two, in fact) doesn't carry the same impact as Shyamalan's previous films.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally came, I was extremely let down particularly with the ending. It showed alot of promise in the beginning, but failed to capitalize on it.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the twist ending. The Village could have been something terrific, but instead it ends up being a dud. This horror suspense film isn't what it advertises it to be. The film would have been fine just the way it, if it wasn't for the ending. For what is, the first hour was very entertaining, but like I said, the ending ruined the entire film. I felt that Shyamalan had another terrific film under his belt, but alas; it was not to be. The Village ends up being predictable, and near the end you realize what the ending might actually be. Other than the film was well acted, but because of the Shymalan tendency to ruining his films with a twist, the talent involved doesn't save the film from mediocrity. There were some good things about the film, but once everything becomes obvious to the viewer (and it does) you just end up not caring for the film anymore. What was great about Signs was that it had an effective mix of suspense, mystery, thrills and horror to create the tension on screen. Plus the ending wasn't bad whatsoever, and nothing is really explained, not to the fullest at least. But with The Village, everything is explained and it ruins the entire tone of the film. Go in with low expectations so that you're not too disappointed as I was. The Village is a mediocre thriller horror film that doesn't deliver the goods.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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