Bird Box Reviews

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September 12, 2019
Should have been called "Bird-brained."
January 17, 2019
It squanders an opportunity for thoughtful commentary on trauma and survival.
January 3, 2019
Is it good? Not really, but it doesn't need to be.
January 2, 2019
Unfortunately, Bird Box puts these performers through familiar paces, in roles of such tight typecasting that they seem like recurring characters in an extended TV series...
December 26, 2018
Bird Box's pieces feel forcibly screwed together, a movie marionetted by strings of data code. There's good scenes and smart ideas, but overall, the movie mostly clomps.
December 26, 2018
Great, shudder-inducing stuff.
December 21, 2018
It's like Jaws without the shark or Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs: it simply doesn't work.
December 21, 2018
While Bird Box is wrapped up in a postapocalyptic-thriller guise, it's more a cautious character study...
December 21, 2018
I care as much about the people who ran around in its fiction now as I did before I watched them for two hours, which is to say, not at all.
December 21, 2018
"Bird Box" winds up resembling M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous "The Happening," so maybe Malorie has it right: It's better not to look.
December 21, 2018
Brutal and tense, but we've seen it all before.
December 18, 2018
The film essentially begins at its climax, and then backtracks, via flashback, to the onset of the crisis, hopping forward and back repeatedly over a five-year gap. This has the effect of destroying momentum.
December 18, 2018
Bird Box is scary, but it also feels very human.
December 14, 2018
You've seen this all many times before, which doesn't mean you'll mind seeing it again.
Top Critic
December 14, 2018
The only real shock in this one is that it stars Sandra Bullock, who should know better.
December 13, 2018
Sandra Bullock commands the screen in this only fitfully scary, post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horrorshow in which invading aliens can only kill you if you look at them. So keep your eyes wide shut.
December 13, 2018
Eric Heisserer's script works better when it sticks to the basics, locking us in what could be the last safe place on Earth and allowing us to ask how we'd behave in such a nightmarish predicament.
December 13, 2018
Much of the characterization found in this movie from the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier... is severely undercooked.
December 12, 2018
In the end, Bird Box's most significant shortcoming is that it's just too inert and unfocused to work as sci-fi horror.
December 11, 2018
The actors are fine, but the problem is that it's hard to care about the interaction of the people inside, because nothing they do matters.
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