* BrokenBase: This film sharply divided M. Night's fanbase; some viewed the twist as terrible and invalidating the whole film, others thinking it worked and the movie was well-constructed, and a third camp who somewhat disliked the twist but appreciate the rest of the film. This division was the beginning of the decline for M. Night.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: James Newton Howard's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Say what you will about the story, but Ivy was a cool character and Bryce Dallas Howard knocked it out of the park performance-wise.
* IdiotPlot: It's difficult to believe Walker and the town doctor couldn't foresee the utility of modern medicine in the Village's comparatively risky environment, and account for these needs. We're meant to believe this was a calculated risk, but after TheReveal of Those We Don't Speak Of, the same people should have considered a comparatively simpler disguised tunnel exit.
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:The titular village is not an 1800s town but secretly set in the modern day. Those We Do Speak Of are people in costume intended to keep up the masquerade.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: Christop is [[Film/TheCabinInTheWoods Marty Mikalski]], Finton is [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire Jimmy Darmody]], Jamison is [[Film/TheSocialNetwork Mark Zuckerberg]], and, of course, Ivy is [[Film/SpiderMan3 Gwen Stacy]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The film's twist ending renders most of the suspense completely pointless, [[ShockingSwerve since it completely removes the supernatural elements]]. Arguably, it would have been far more interesting had Those We Don't Speak Of become real as a result of the Villagers' [[YourMindMakesItReal belief]], which would have been more in tone with the rest of the film. Imagine the OhCrap moment if it instead ended with all of them slowly walking out of the forest, furious that the Villagers had broken the Truce?
** The Film's original ending is this too. [[spoiler:Imagine the implications of finding out that you live in a completely different time. That your parents have been lying to you for years. That deaths could have been easily prevented. How would you fit into a civilization hundreds of years more advanced with technology you never could have imagined?]] All of these are interesting premises that never get addressed.
** Another good way to incorporate the twist is that [[spoiler:both the village and Those We Do Not Speak Of are still real, and it's just that the people are still living like it's the 1800s because they've been isolated from the rest of the world since that time.]]
** Alternately, Those We Do Not Speak Of get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd love to have such a sanctuary.
** It's also not difficult to just skip the two five-minute scenes that reveal the hoax, and the result is a solid monster-movie.