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What critics thought of M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller


Thomasin McKenzie and Alex Wolff star in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.”


M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film “Old” has no shortage of intrigue and suspense, but fails to live up to the director’s previous work, critics say.

His latest thriller follows a family of four, Guy (Gael Garcia Bernal), Prisca (Vicky Krieps) and their children, Maddox, 11, and Trent, 6, during a tropical vacation. The family venture to a secluded beach at the suggestion of the resorts’ manager, but quickly realize the idyllic spot is somehow causing them to age rapidly.

The beach is also visited by a rapper, Mid-Size Sedan, surgeon Charles and his family of wife Chrystal, young daughter Kara and mother Agnes, as well as a married couple, Jarin and Patricia. Adding to the terror is the fact that the group experiences intense blackout-inducing headaches if they try to leave the area.

Critics agreed that “Old” is not Shyamalan’s best work, but far from his worst. The director has become famous for his shock plot twists and surprise endings which range from genius (“The Sixth Sense”) to asinine (“The Happening.”) “Old” seems to fall somewhere in between.

The Universal film currently holds a 55% “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes from 153 reviews. Here’s what critics thought of Shyamalan’s “Old” ahead of its Friday debut.

Peter Travers, ABC News

Rufus Sewell in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.”


Robert Daniels, IGN

Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap

Thomasin McKenzie and Gael Garcia Bernal star in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.”


Adam Graham, Detroit News

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