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2,826 Ratings

The Village

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
United States, 2004
Horror, Drama, Mystery


The members of a rural community live in isolation, forbidden to go into the neighboring woods for fear of the mysterious creatures that inhabit them.

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The Village Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2005 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Empire Awards

2005 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress

Critics reviews

The title that changed my mind on Shyamalan, oddly enough, was The Village (2004), the one that caused much of his audience to turn on him. But the film was too weird, too beautiful, too personal to dismiss… The film’s predictability as a thriller allows you to see beyond its genre trappings: It works a lot better if you see it as a wrenching drama about the extremes to which people are driven by unimaginable loss.
January 16, 2017
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It’s easy to sneer at someone who so steadfastly believes in the power of human connection, so much so that the most romantic and cinematic moment in the whole film is when one character takes another by the hand… Between the shattering emotional core, cinematographer Roger Deakins doing the best work he had ever done, and James Newton Howard’s magnificently evocative score, every time I watch The Village, I never want to leave.
September 05, 2014
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The movie’s plot twist, normally the big draw of Shyamalan’s work, felt anticlimactic [to most of its audience]. Eight years on, The Village now looks to me like Shyamalan’s best film, in part because its twist is so essential to its overall meaning… [The twist] doesn’t simply expand upon the story, but recasts it as allegory. The film’s adult characters have responded to tragedy by clinging to an idealized version of the past.
December 18, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Village

    Man, Shyamalan is frustrating. At the time, people judged this largely by its ending (spoiled for me far in advance) and as an allegory for Bush. But really, it deserves to be judged as an allegory for grief, and on that count it works. But how can a director capable of such ideas fail to notice that his actors stumble over his lines, or how often elements that should be serious are instead atonal and silly?

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film The Village

    The Village emphasizes atmosphere over narrative, making it all the more unfortunate that talk regarding it always centres around the twist ending, or its "ineffectiveness" as a thriller. When it's clearly not a film that sets out to create thrills as its main goal, but to use its setting—a creation held together through fear by those who were afraid—as backdrop of a blind and sacrificial struggle towards/for love.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Village

    You can see the twist coming from a mile away, and there's definitely some questionable choices - but in the end, this is quite a wonderful film. I was shocked to have found a Shyamalan film so enjoyable (and then, was annoyed that I waited so long to give it a chance). Howard is charming and beautiful, Phoenix is brave and terse, the cinematography is stunning at times, and the story is lovely. Critics are snobs.

  • anarresti's rating of the film The Village

    In many aspects, it's perfect. This can be an essay on how to write sci-fi, on how to unfold a premise, on how to ilustrate politics, on human behaviour, on the essence of societies. So simple, concise and powerful. It has the eloquence of allegories and the narrative prowess of timeless fables. And a legacy, probably, that will make it have people talk about its meaning and reach, for many years.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film The Village

    Watching it again after so many years—and during a time when the very name M. Night Shyamalan elicits hearty jokes—I'm happy to report that THE VILLAGE is an exquisitely crafted film about an elemental and pure love. Shyamalan may have fallen from grace, but it's not for lack of trying. As a métier and dramaturgist, he's in the full form here. Unequivocally romantic, THE VILLAGE is one of his very best works.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Village

    M. Night Shyamalan is the preeminent melancholy auteur of our times. The public continues to fix all their attention on "Village's" divisive ending, overlooking the fact that the film is one of the most moving and emotionally powerful works of the new millennium. This is the rare Hollywood movie in which love is depicted as a pure, elemental force - a single hand reaching out into the void, sustained only by faith.

  • Ryan Pearce's rating of the film The Village

    I presume many people go into a Shyamalan film with a pre-conceived idea that he is a hack, and that the film will be awful. Shame really, because The Village is a beautiful, masterful film, and his best work in my opinion.

  • Kenrick Block's rating of the film The Village

    Shyamalan is one of the greatest directors working in America. His films are all too often boiled down to a simple twist. I think this film is perfection. The way it tackles society, gender, love, fear, and dogmatic beliefs is unlike any other. I love this film!

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