The Sixth Sense

Buena Vista Released 1999


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M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 award-winning drama/thriller written and directed by M. Night Shayamalan. It tells the story of a successful child psychologist trying to help a mysterious child who is believed to be possessed by evil powers. The psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is visited by a former patient and gets wounded by him on the same night he receives an award. While he is trying to recover from the shock of this event, he is visited by another patient, an eight-year-old child, Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Being still troubled, Dr. Crowe feels absolutely not ready to deal with this puzzled child who says he sees ghosts. At the beginning, Malcolm Crowe thinks that the child is just seeing things but as they get closer, Dr. Crowe understands that the child is making unintentional connections with dead people who don't know they died. For Malcolm, this opens the door to things he can't bear to know.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    So disarmingly eerie it's virtually guaranteed to rattle the most jaded of cages.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Borderline dull to sit through, The Sixth Sense is actually rather interesting to think about afterward because of the revelation of its ending.

  • 20

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Because it unfolds like a garish hybrid of Simon Birch and What Dreams May Come, with some horror-movie touches thrown in to keep us from nodding off, "The Sixth Sense" appears to ...

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nightmares, bullies, supernatural forces, coping with death, ghost stories