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The Messenger Review

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Semi-down-and-out Jack (Sheehan) — either psychic or delusional — is pestered by spooks who want him to take messages to living loved ones.

★★★★★

A just-killed journalist (Fox), oddly keener on passing banal sentiments to his widow (Tamzin Merchant) than solving his murder, nags Jack into getting involved, which sends him on a spiral to crazytown. A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone. The mystery fizzles, Jack and his ghosts feel so sorry for themselves they’re hard to put up with, and the only scares are in an undeveloped subplot.

A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone.