Brightburn Reviews

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July 20, 2020
Brightburn is more of a horror film that may appeal to those who are looking for something different than the conventional superhero box despite the issues that pop up.
September 30, 2019
This is an interesting idea that I wish they had done more with.
September 1, 2019
Brightburn is an uninspired slasher that squanders a premise with great potential.
August 6, 2019
Exactly the kind of cynical mash-up you'd expect from studio executives eager to make a quick payout.
July 8, 2019
Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say.
June 27, 2019
Makes virtually every wrong choice that a film with such a terrific hook could possibly make.
June 26, 2019
Cheap jump scares and uninspired writing combined with a limp story ensure Brightburn will remain a big 'what if?'
June 24, 2019
Brightburn takes a more, er, creative approach to the genre, though you may be left thinking it should not have bothered.
June 24, 2019
Brightburn's parallels with the Superman origins story are clearly deliberate, but are they enough for us to believe this film can fly? Not really.
June 23, 2019
Brightburn has some nice ideas - an alien wasp-like predator is indeed creepy, and it makes a fist of some disturbing setpieces on a limited budget, but it fails as a character study.
June 23, 2019
As an antihero with an oedipal complex, neither Brandon nor Dunn is sufficiently creepy or conflicted to launch a new franchise.
June 21, 2019
Because the film that this broadside of brass describes is ultimately, seriously, "Duuuumb!"
June 20, 2019
Storm clouds lower as Brandon's mood darkens, and the twinning of teenage strops and superpowers is an interesting premise. But the promise of Brightburn's first hour is squandered in a messy, gory climax.
June 20, 2019
The final effect... is a disheartening vacuum. Having torn down a myth, it leaves little but a dropped mic in its wake.
June 19, 2019
Brightburn takes the superhero and horror genres, mashes them together and hopes for the best. This undoubtedly interesting concept is botched pretty badly.
June 19, 2019
Superman, but he's evil. That's the whole movie. This is a depiction of violent entitled sociopathy that may think it's critiquing toxic masculinity yet is indistinguishable from a celebration of it.
June 18, 2019
That this story's riddled with silly plot holes isn't make or break but, less forgivably, Brightburn is slow and often boring.
June 17, 2019
Crossbreeding superhero tropes with horror staples was an idea laden with promise. Brightburn is enlivened by trademark James Gunn black comedy, but hamstrung by sketchy writing and a botched sense of dread.
June 17, 2019
Brightburn's coming-of-age story plays like Superman fused with Carrie but, even with some eye-catching effects, the result is less than luminous.
June 11, 2019
In the end, there's an empty feeling that the filmmakers were just treading water, opting for a sequel money grab.
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