The Sixth Sense

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan

REVIEWED: 08-09-99

If you consider the romantic comedy as a genre in need of therapy, Runaway Bride is one step closer to epiphany. Just shy of a decade after Pretty Woman, Richard Gere once again appears in a convertible to rescue Julia Roberts from a lifetime of choices hindered by low self-esteem. This time, instead of a lonely rich guy who meets a hooker with a heart of gold, we have the more pedestrian Ike, a divorced and cynical USA Today columnist from NYC who takes on the charming and misunderstood Maggie (Roberts), whose four dramatic flights from the altar are the story's centerpiece -- call it Four Weddings Without A Funeral. It's a pretty typical Prince Charming tale, with the one delightful twist that the fair maiden flees at every moment of imminent princely rescue. The Hollywood love story still has a long way to go, but Runaway Bride is one fantasy film refreshingly free of stalking, obsession, revenge and other psychotic behaviors. That's progress. -- Mari Wadsworth

THE SIXTH SENSE. A lot of contemporary "actors" actually have only one facial expression: Michael Keaton does "confused," Harrison Ford does "perplexed" and Hugh Grant does "sheepish." Bruce Willis' specialty is a kind of gentle, supportive, avuncular smile -- a smile that says, "Hey, you're okay, champ." Here, he uses that smile as child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, who is helping a little boy who lives in fear. The boy, it seems, can see ghosts. Meanwhile, Willis can't communicate with his wife ever since one of his former patients shot him in the stomach. Hmmm. You might want to skip the boring first hour and come in late to check out the groovy undead people and the weird ending.

--James DiGiovanna

Full Length Reviews
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense

Capsule Reviews
The Sixth Sense

Other Films by M. Night Shyamalan
Wide Awake

Film Vault Suggested Links
Deep Rising
The Thirteenth Warrior

Related Merchandise
Search for related videos at
Search for more by M. Night Shyamalan at
Search for related books at
Search for related music at

Rate this Film
If you don't want to vote on a film yet, and would like to know how others voted, leave the rating selection as "Vote Here" and then click the Cast Vote button.