9 Reasons The Visit Is M Night Shyamalan's Comeback

It didn't suck. What a twist!

Expectations were understandably low for M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, given the writer-director's crushing five-film losing streak of critical failures, so what a pleasant surprise it is to see that his latest, while not in any way a great movie, is a refreshingly solid one, and something approaching a return to form for the widely-mocked filmmaker. Sitting just above a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and set to make its low $5 million budget back many times over, it's the director's first undeniable success with both audiences and critics since 2002's Signs, and hopefully marks a return to more assured work in the future. It's a frequently surprising film for a number of reasons, delivering impressive work across the board and proving that Shyamalan does still possess a gift for absorbing filmmaking, providing compelling evidence that the Shyamalan praised for The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs just might be on the way back to us. It'll make for one of the strangest and most unexpected return-to-form narratives in recent cinema, but here are 9 reasons why The Visit is M. Night Shyamalan's comeback...

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