Los Angeles Times - 08/02/2002
"...Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace....SIGNS is a tribute to Shyamalan's gifts..."
USA Today - 08/02/2002
"...Skillfully made....The movie keeps you watching..."
New York Times - 08/02/2002
"...Mr. Shyamalan is a master of control, with a sure grasp of the classical filmmaking lexicon. His suspense sequences build slowly and elegantly, and his is adept at evoking dread through shifting camera angles and careful manipulation of the frame..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/2002
"...Lushly ominous....It's a high-octane doomsday vision built almost entirely around our sense of anticipation..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/02/2002
"...SIGNS is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air..."
Premiere - 09/01/2002
"...The movie offers several nicely turned pop-out-of-your-seat moments..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2002
"...A terrific suspense movie..."
Total Film - 10/01/2002
"...SIGNS turns out to be a primally petrifying experience....A very intimate and emotionally astute portrayal of a family under threat..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
From M. Night Shyamalan, the writer/director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, comes the story of the Hess family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One morning, they wake up to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family are told extraterrestrials are responsible for the sign in their field. They watch the news as crop circles are soon found all over the world. Signs is the emotional story of one family on one farm as they encounter the possibility the world is being invaded.
It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE), a suspenseful and uniquely chilling family story.
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