Top critical review
Mediocre movie, well overrated.
on July 17, 2000
The artwork for this movie claims The Sixth Sense is 'the #1 thriller of all time'. Quite where that came from I don't know. While the box-office may have had something to do with it, the actual movie itself is nowhere near as good as the hype makes out. The plot is simple: weird kid sees ghosts and uses his powers to help them. Harvey Joel Osmont and Bruce Willis do put in superb performances but even so, this movie is only mediocre. The budget seems to have been blown on hiring Bruce Willis. What was left was spent on makeup for the two or three ghosts we see. This movie isn't for me - it's too slow and I didn't find it frightening or interesting - but I can see that some people might like it. My advice would be to rent it before you buy it. The DVD is very good, with lots of worthwhile extras. The director says in one of the interviews that the biggest audience was 'young boys and older women'. Perhaps a movie only for the spiritually minded among us. The huge box office takings can only really be because of the surprise ending. It really isn't as clever as has been made out. The plot twist was obvious to me right from the second or third scene. Without the plot twist, I doubt anyone would have gone to see this movie. This movie is not a terrible film; just mediocre. I was expecting more, and unfortunately it didn't deliver.