M. Night Schadenfreude


“There is really no way of understating how much of a failure M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening is. It is the first film of his real career that feels incompetent and utterly gratuitous at times.” – David Poland, The Hot Blog

“The moguls Shyamalan has irritated over the years with his inflexibility (not to mention his Jesus H. Hitchcock routine) may be popping champagne corks tonight, because by Monday he will be much more dependent on their opinions.” – Ryan Stewart, Premiere

“Shyamalan should be glad he makes movies primarily in Pennsylvania instead of Hollywood, because under California’s “three strikes” law, he’d be facing hard time in movie jail thanks to his third consecutive disaster.” – Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club

“Shyamalan’s such an eager recycler, grinding out the same ideas and images again and again. The man who showed such promise less than a decade ago has been leaving a diminishing creative footprint ever since.” – Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

“He’s just 37, but his best films are so far behind him, it’s as if he’s forgotten how he made them work. … Is there any major director who has made six consecutive films, each one markedly inferior to the one before? … The writer-director’s disintegration from robust artistic health to narrative incoherence, from hitmaker to box-office loser, has an almost tragic trajectory.” – Richard Corliss, Time

“Is ‘The Happening’ So Bad It Defeats Math? … Could the movie be so bad it actually defeats the laws of numerics? It seems so, as its current Metascore is 46 [36 by Sunday] — this despite Metacritic cataloging only four reviews thus far, each scoring exactly 50.” – Vulture

“You feel like you’re not watching the end of the world but the end of a career.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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