In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled. Cole doesn't understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he's constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor digs deeper into Cole's strange powers, it leads to strange and unexpected consequences for both of them. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed the film, has a small role as Dr. Hill. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Hands down the creepiest movie I've ever seen. I lost count of the spine-tingles the first time I saw it and the ending made my heart stop. Absolutely STOP! Then I couldn't get it off my mind for days, weeks even. And my 11-year-old niece had the nerve recently to tell me it wasn't scary at all. So how should I dispose of her body? Just kidding! LOL But that brings up an interesting point---this movie is probably a lot scarier (more disturbing) to adults than to kids because there are no monsters, no overt special effects, and no over-the-top acting, just true-to-life realism turned inside out.