M Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” Has Failed to Impress Critics

Bruce Willis and James McAvoy in "Glass"

The first reviews for Glass are in and unfortunately the name of the talented M Night Shyamalan seems to have become the butt of director jokes.

Glass is the long overdue sequel of the Shyamalan masterpiece that is Unbreakable. In Split, we were introduced to a new character in the Unbreakable universe and we became so excited about the prospect of a crossover that we forgot to consider what making a sequel really meant for the iconic superhero film.

Currently, Glass is rated a dismal 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and although the public might have a different response, the general consensus from the critics is that the movie failed in every possible way.

In a scathing review, Forbes said: “Glass is a shattering disappointment and a monumental artistic misfire from one of my favorite filmmakers. It is, at least, a testament to my belief that Unbreakable needed no sequel. If that majestic superhero origin-as-mid-life-crisis drama was too early to cash in on the zeitgeist (which is, to be fair, part of what made it stand out all of these years), then this continuation is (at best) a decade too late.”

And Hollywood Reporter said: “Though satisfying enough to work at the multiplex, Glass doesn’t erase memories of the ways that even movies before the abjectly awful After Earth and The Last Airbender made us wary of the words ‘A film by M Night Shyamalan.’”

Variety only added to the collection of harsh reviews, saying: “Yet the movie, watchable as it is, is still a disappointment, because it extends and belabors the conceits of “Unbreakable” without the sensation of mystical dark discovery that made that film indelible. “Glass” is a sequel that feels more dutiful than necessary. It turns the earlier film’s ominous pop poetry into overexplicit blockbuster prose.”

You can watch Glass and see for yourself in cinemas January 18.