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Dallas Morning News:
Ponderous, pretentious and self-indulgent, it nonetheless puts Mr. Shyamalan's technical prowess on display. Still, you'll wonder if the pay-off was worth the journey.
There's no question Unbreakable, for all its flaws, is a movie that stays with you.
New York Times:
What Unbreakable shows is Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director.
Los Angeles Times:
Unbreakable seems to have encouraged all its actors to emulate Willis' lugubrious pacing, meaning that usually vibrant actors such as Wright Penn and Jackson are not shown to their best advantage.
Shyamalan made the unfortunate but predictable choice of trying to bottle The Sixth Sense's lightning and reuse it.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Shyamalan is a brilliant filmmaker with a distinctive style, but he still needs substance.
By the time the film is over you may feel as if the 12 year old inside of you has been utterly wowed and that the adult is still going, 'Hmmmm...'
New York Magazine/Vulture:
Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
New York Observer:
With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.
Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
Unbreakable may not be beautiful, but it sure has character.
Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.
The presence of pop culture refs via comics makes quite notable the absence of any humor or sense of fun, just as it makes its pretentions to deep meaning and self-importance all the more specious.
Whatever your final verdict, you could do worse than enjoy one of the most fertile minds in Hollywood.