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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Suspenseful Shyamalan movie has extreme tension and peril.

Movie PG-13 2002 106 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 14+

The "Signs" of a great film

"Are we are the type of people who see luck or who see miracles? Are there such things as coincidences?" These are the questions that will be swimming through your brain for hours after you watch this movie, which is a much more productive thought process then, “Blood...guts...” like your typical alien/horror movie. This is why this film is an amazing success: We get asked one of the most important question in life by characters we love and trust. We have seen them developing throughout the film. I found myself wanting to believe as they do! With this question of faith, this film is able to crack our “movie comfort level” just enough for us to begin to think deeper and bigger about life's important issues. And that, is the sign of a good film. It is perfect for families and children to bond together and help kids develop stronger moral values.

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age 10+

My 11 Year Old's All Time Favorite Movie

This is my eleven year old daughter's "all-time favorite movie," and has been since she first saw it at age 8. It is truly unique among alien invasion movies because it's not really about the aliens at all, or their amazing technology, or their horrid plans for the planet - its about people, and about faith, and about how God never abandons us, even when we think He has, or even when we wish He would. Be warned, hereafter, there be spoilers. Graham Hess is a Pastor who has rejected his faith because of the pointless death of is wife, but who still has two kids to raise, both of whom have issues of their own. His son suffers from asthma - which both nearly kills him and saves his life before the movie is over, and his daughter has some obsession or phobia which results in her leaving glasses of unconsumed water all over the house because they're "contaminated." In the end, it's her phobia which may save them all. Tying it all together is Graham's brother, a washed up minor league baseball player known for both his monumental home-runs and his colossal strike-outs, who, in my opinion, provides far more strength both to Graham and his children than any of them realize. (Oh, and by the way, you'll never look at static interference on a baby monitor the same way again.) The movie does provide some genuinely scary moments and overall has a tense atmosphere which plays heavily on the fear of the unknown. Some of it might bother younger children (though I think the talk about the stabbed dog is overblown - and as I inferred above, it certainly didn't bother my daughter when she was 8), but for older children it's a powerful movie about love and faith - not losing it in the face of disaster, and re-finding it in the face of Grace.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (121 ):

Signs is excellent but may be too intense for younger or more sensitive kids. Gibson is outstanding in a role that calls for subtlety, maturity, and a mixture of vulnerability and strength. The children, played by Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin, are just right. They act like smart kids who know what loss is and are scared but also tantalized by what is going on around them.

Shyamalan's use of the camera to tell the story is masterful. There is a moment when the screen goes completely black that will have viewers gasping. Shyamalan was clearly paying attention to Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg and has a few tricks of his own to contribute. His only mistake is in leaving too little to the imagination. Like his characters, he likes to have everything explained.

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