The Sixth Sense

8.11 h 47 min1999X-RayPG-13
A distinguished child psychologist meets a frightened, confused 8-year-old boy, and he is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts the boy.
M. Night Shyamalan
Bruce WillisToni ColletteOlivia Williams
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Haley Joel Osment
Barry MendelKathleen KennedyFrank Marshall
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Edward J. BakerReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Consider not reading other reviews until after watching the film.
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It is hard to comment on this film without creating a spoiler, so I won’t comment directly. There are 5 star reviews that are well intended but give too much away. Read them AFTER watching the film.
Suffice it to say, how often has there ever been a film that is morally and spiritually thought provoking, moderately chilling is spots, and a real feel-good tear-jerker all at the same time. I can’t think of a single one. Go watch it! Incidentally, Willis takes a time out from his usual cocky persona to turn in a great and sensitive performance.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
M Night Shyamalan's best movie and his best writing with a story that caught everyone by surprise
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The Sixth Sense was M. Night Shyamalan’s breakthrough Hollywood film. It was known for its trademark surprise ending and became a pop cultural phenomenon with millions repeating Cole Sear’s (Haley Joel Osment) line “I see dead people.” The story focuses upon the relationship between Cole and psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) and concludes in a completely unexpected way.

Cole and Malcolm are brought together because it’s feared that Cole is going through stress and emotional disorders. Malcolm begins therapy sessions with him and trying to help him through his problems while Cole explains to him the visions that he has which cause him great anxiety. As the story progresses there are more and more hints that the story is about the supernatural hence Cole’s quote. That still doesn’t prepare you for the ending.

Shyamalan’s movies have really been up and down. The Sixth Sense however is one of his stand outs and deserves all the praise and success it received. The story was completely original and surprising.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spoilers Below for a Mindbender from M. Night Shyamalan
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A mindbender from M. Night.

M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller The Sixth Sense (1999) is a timeless classic deep in empathy for those suffering from mental illness, depression, grief, or pain. It remains perhaps M. Night's greatest film up there with Unbreakable. The Sixth Sense is tender to its characters, while shocking to its audience.

M. Night's direction has all the style of a killer suspense film with the thread work of a gripping thriller. You are constantly asking questions that all get answered. The Sixth Sense is simply one of the most satisfying films ever directed as it contains so much setup and payoff of meticulous details. Once you understand what the plot is, you can even go back and revisit The Sixth Sense to reveal all the hints that M. Night laid for you. The cinematography is so sleek and every frame is focused in on the characters and their facial reactions. The Sixth Sense is as finely honed as films get.

M. Night's script starts out as a family drama that delves into what marriages need in order for husbands and wives to be happy, but further expands into the minds of children. The Sixth Sense takes place both from the perspective of a married man, but also a child experiencing his parents' divorce and the pain that separation has caused him. M. Night is clever enough to explore further still with a twist for the ages.

James Newton Howard's creepy score is as haunting as M. Night's script and direction. Howard composes a chilling atmospheric score to accompany all the suffering and scares within The Sixth Sense. There is so much to love with how subtle Howard's music is for The Sixth Sense.

Bruce Willis is phenomenal as a child psychologist desperately trying to communicate and relate to his young patient. Willis displays a sincere sympathy for this boy that is rare in Willis' filmography. His quiet pondering and emotional distress is so apparent that it makes you wonder what M. Night told Willis to make him act so tenderly and affectionate. The Sixth Sense contains Willis' best acting alongside another M. Night masterpiece Unbreakable. Willis showed up for The Sixth Sense and portrays one of cinema's greatest characters as Malcolm Crowe.

Likewise, Toni Collette is outstanding as the depressed and uncertain, but kindly mother Lynn Sear. Collette's display of longing to be rid of her husband, acknowledgement from her mother, and affection or understanding from her son is awe inspiring. Collette feels like a real mother in The Sixth Sense. You can relate to her and sense her fears. She is just so good!

I must mention Haley Joel Osment is a revelation of empathetic and nuanced acting from a young child actor as Cole Sear. Osment's ability to portray a boy suffering and struggling features such complex emotional range that comes across the screen so deeply that you would think he had been acting for years prior to The Sixth Sense. He has such an intriguing chemistry and friendship with Willis. He clearly liked and idolized him, but played his character at a distance on purpose. Haley Joel Osment gave the performance of a lifetime in The Sixth Sense.

Additionally, I adored Olivia Williams as Anna Crowe in The Sixth Sense. Her sullen dejection is impression and heartbreaking.

Lastly, I would like to give a special commendation to Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense as a troubled former patient to Willis named Vincent Gray. The second he appears on screen, he takes your breath away with fear and staunch terror. He is hypnotizing in his brief role so much so that Wahlberg's presence is felt throughout The Sixth Sense. His is one of the best movies scenes in cinema history.

In all, The Sixth Sense perseveres as the most memorable twist in movie history, or at least, up there with the best. But more than a great twist is the surrounding thriller that keeps you on edge and gripped on suspense. M. Night completely captures you in his dreamy atmosphere and film noir style.
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catch22Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just Excellent!
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One of Bruce Willis best movies in my opinion. Just downright spooky and creepy in a subtle sort of way especially in the beginning. The kiddo is brilliant of course and you feel so sorry for the little guy you want to reach through the tv and hug him. The twist was fantastic. The first time I saw it I didn't see that coming at all. Great filmmaking example of employing all the proper elements to produce an excellent story, compelling characters and perfect twist. One of my all time favorites.
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CrystalReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sure to become a cult classic!
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Omg! I love this movie and this reasonably priced DVD is so worth it, since re-watching is an absolute must with this brain teasing ghost story. Sure to become a cult classic and definitely a great addition to your collection, enjoy!
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C. C. BlackReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not A Horror Movie—A Tender Ghost Story
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On first seeing "The Sixth Sense" I was simply on board for the ride. Rewatching it years after its original release, I can appreciate the craft and care that went into the movie's production. In many ways it's more than a fine ghost story. It's also a fascinating mystery, which plays fair with the viewer. Down to its perfect use of words and color, the clues are strewn before us: we see but don't recognize, like most of the tale's characters. It's also a movie about love or its lack: the ability, sometimes diminished or warped, to communicate with others. Most fundamentally, it's the story of how the tormented protagonists, played by Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Ozment, help each other find a measure of peace that has eluded them: the classic trope of the patient helping the doctor as much as the reverse. Simply put: though there are some unsettling images, this picture is not a shock-fest. "The Sixth Sense" has multiple layers that reward reviewing.

Most of M. Night Shyalmar's set-ups—where to place the camera for best effect, when to cut or to fade out—create a dreamlike quality. Some handheld camera shots and whip-pans undermine the emotions he's trying to capture. James Newton Howard's music is uneven: while capturing the grief conveyed by the story, too often it mickey-mouses the action. When the orchestra swells with dissonance, you can bet it will end with an irritating stinger, and you'll be right.

Given a chance to underplay, Willis proves what a delicate actor he can be. Young Master Ozment gives an utterly convincing performance of precocious intelligence. The scenes between them are riveting. For all the difference in their age and experience, they are toe to toe, eye to eye. If the one had condescended and the other had overreached, the soufflé would have fallen flat. It never does. That's what sells this picture before an ending of which O. Henry would have been proud.
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TM ConwayReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's aged well
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This movie has aged fairly well. I re-watch it every now and again like I do with The Usual Suspects, just because.

STOP! For anyone who has never seen this, stop because I will spoil it.

This is probably the 5th time I have watched this & every time, I miss some things that are shown in XRay Trivia or pointed out by a friend. I also find lots of things to nitpick and wonder about. Mainly why didn't anyone ever look sideways at or question the kid talking to a person not there? And why Malcolm never wondered how he was getting into the house or his study. The biggest thing to me, even before I knew about the twist, was why no one questioned a strange man and a little kid wandering through the house after the funeral.

I know that everything I pick on was done to preserve the ending but it's still just too neat and pat once you do know.
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MercuryReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating and entertaining, psychology unlocks the paranormal powers of a clairvoyant child.
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The Sixth Sense is a great supernatural thriller with a shocking twist ending. This is an engaging and entertaining film which I truly enjoyed, that dabbles in the world of the paranormal, is the 8 year-old Cole a victim of a curse and being plagued by the demonic who are haunting his life or is their something else that is terrorizing him by some strange power or his own inner trauma and insecurities. Cole Sear (Haley Osment) performance is outstanding and convincing as he innocently portrays his confusion and frightening predicament so memorably, you want to reach out to him. Confused by his paranormal powers and visions Cole is too young to understand the supernatural events that surround his life and too afraid to tell anyone about his fears except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). Shyamalan shines as a director with an excellent story as Dr. Crowe uncovers the frightening truth about Cole and himself, the consequences for patient and therapist are a shocking awakening to them both to something unexplainable.
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