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Unbreakable 2000

Critics score:
68 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ebert & Roeper: Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Unbreakable is a compelling yarn. Read more

Philip Wuntch, 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. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: There's no question Unbreakable, for all its flaws, is a movie that stays with you. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: What Unbreakable shows is Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Having hooked us, it leaves us looking for complexity where there is none. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Shyamalan made the unfortunate but predictable choice of trying to bottle The Sixth Sense's lightning and reuse it. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: Shyamalan is a brilliant filmmaker with a distinctive style, but he still needs substance. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: The surprise ending here is as bad as Sixth Sense's was good. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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...' Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Mind-bogglingly sophomoric. Read more

Peter Rainer, 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. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: An engaging and intriguing yarn. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie. Read more

Ray Pride, Salon.com: Unbreakable may not be beautiful, but it sure has character. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: A muddled, self-serious snoozer. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more

Dennis Lim, Village Voice: Unbreakable is at once flagrantly absurd and stubbornly mournful. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Whatever your final verdict, you could do worse than enjoy one of the most fertile minds in Hollywood. Read more