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86% Tomatometer 162 Reviews 90% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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M Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.

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The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Joshua Rothkopf In These Times At root, his films are patient vindications of crazy faiths, of ghosts and comic book heroes. Loneliness is his theme, and when blessed with courageous performers, as in The Sixth Sense, he can take us just about anywhere. Mar 16, 2020 Full Review The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Stephen Hunter Washington Post You leave slightly asquirm. You know it will linger. It becomes a clammy, chilly movie building toward a revelation that you cannot predict. As I say: I cannot tell you. You'd hate me if I did. I can only say, don't look now, but look sometime. Oct 7, 2014 Full Review The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Peter Bradshaw Guardian Dr Crowe gradually comes to believe that little Cole can indeed commune with the unquiet souls, who are reaching out to him for help. And, yes, the scenes where Cole does so can be very creepy indeed. Aug 27, 2013 Full Review The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Patrick Cavanaugh The Wolfman Cometh A breakout hit for all parties involved for good reason. Still manages to be effective and engaging no matter how long you've known the ending, especially thanks to Osment's tortured performance. Rated: 5/5 Sep 20, 2023 Full Review The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Kristy Strouse Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying Intelligent and poignant; this is a unique kind of ghost story. The human kind. Nov 12, 2021 Full Review The Sixth Sense | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Robin Holabird Robin Holabird One of the rare horror films to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, it remain a personal best for the director. Oct 15, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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danilo s Um dos melhores suspenses de todos os tempos, um dos finais mais surpreendentes e uma das melhores histórias no gênero. Atuação excepcional do Haley Joel Osment. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/04/24 Full Review Nathan W I haven't seen this movie in probably twenty years, but I was definitely one of the people who did not see the end coming. This is a special type of film, like "Shutter Island", that is actually just as entertaining the second time around, but for a completely different reason. Instead of being surprised by the twist, the enjoyment comes from noticing all the subtle clues that you missed, and feeling a little silly that you didn't see where things were headed. The overall story was pretty simple, and it's basically a character drama that exists in two halves. You know, Bruce Willis's character trying to figure out his sh*t, that he wasn't even aware of, and Haley Joel Osment's character coming to terms with his unusual "gift". I will say that I was thoroughly impressed with Osment's acting prowess. I mean, not only did little dude carry this movie, but he did it quite well. He's so deliberate and expressive, and easily holds his own in scenes with adults. (Not many child actors can do that). Toni Collette is someone who's work I slept on for a long time, but she's actually pretty great. Her performance was incredibly emotional and convincing, but she didn't have enough screentime to really flush out the character. I thought Bruce Willis was pretty good too, but he doesn't have a whole lot of range as an actor. He just feels like the same character in different things to me, so I have a hard time believing his roles. I can't say that the dialogue was all that gripping either, but the writing was solid, and the interactions between our main characters felt genuine. The cinematography wasn't overly complicated or stylish, which is a little surprising for a Shyamalan flick, but it still had a decent number of the extend takes that I like. And as difficult as they are to pull off normally, it was even more impressive here, since most of them at least involved the kid, and one he handled pretty much on his own. (I can't even think of another movie where a child actor was in one such scene, much less several). The score was ominous and menacing from the start, which really helped to set the tone of the film. The plot didn't really ramp up the creepy factor until the second half, but there was some genuinely unnerving stuff going on after that. But the true brilliance of this movie comes from the fact that all this is happening to a kid. It raises the stakes emotionally, which makes it easier to feel for the character, which in turn pulls you right into the story. Of course the twist is what this movie is most remembered for. It's one of the all time greats, it's set up in such a simple yet profound way, and it really hits you like a tons of bricks the first time you see it. It did feel a little rushed to get to that point, the way everything was resolved so quickly, but it was all so touching that it doesn't even matter. I really wish that Shyamalan would get back to his roots, and start knocking out bangers like this again. The story was simple, the plot was interesting, and everything made sense. I can't say that for a lot of the things he's made, but I guess that's what makes this one so special. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/03/24 Full Review James B The sixth sense is an original movie with a really good spin on the ghost movies and the twist at the end is actually good unlike other movies where the twist ruins it. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/27/24 Full Review Jon G A classic horror, psychological thriller by M. Night Shyamalan. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/20/24 Full Review Pat B I watched it when it came out, and I really liked it Joel is such a great actor, plus the theme is one that I really like!! I watched it again today and I remember why this is a great movie! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/10/24 Full Review Audience Member Wouldn’t have seen that plot twist coming from a mile away such a creepy film had me on edge all day Rated 4.5/5 Stars • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/05/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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M. Night Shyamalan Director Bruce Willis Dr. Malcolm Crowe Haley Joel Osment Cole Sear Toni Collette Lynn Sear Olivia Williams Anna Crowe Donnie Wahlberg Vincent Grey
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Synopsis Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

Director
M. Night Shyamalan

Producer
Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Barry Mendel

Screenwriter
M. Night Shyamalan

Distributor
Buena Vista Pictures

Production Co
Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment

Rating
PG-13 (Violent Imagery|Intense Thematic Material)

Genre
Mystery & Thriller

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 6, 1999, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 8, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA)
$293.5M

Runtime
1h 47m

Sound Mix
Dolby SR, DTS, SDDS, Surround, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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