Brightburn Reviews

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September 30, 2019
This is an interesting idea that I wish they had done more with.
July 8, 2019
Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say.
June 21, 2019
Because the film that this broadside of brass describes is ultimately, seriously, "Duuuumb!"
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
Director David Yarovesky does the fantasy stuff with flair. And the dafter the plot gets, the better the acting conjured from Elizabeth Banks as foster mom.
June 10, 2019
This film draws its strength in part from its willingness to be a more humbly scaled operation than the tentpoles weighted down by mandates for billion-dollar grosses.
June 7, 2019
It leans heavily on jump scares and creeps before engaging with its premise, but when it does it's as chilling as Superman's freezing breath.
May 29, 2019
A cure for superhero movie fatigue, this lean, gory horror film...has a coherent narrative and pays off with a bang.
May 27, 2019
If the filmmakers had a modicum of curiosity about the implications of their own idea, the movie might have had something interesting to say.
May 25, 2019
Brightburn can at least boast an interesting premise - not that it does anything with it.
May 24, 2019
Although Brightburn's final seconds hint at James' more finely attuned cinematic sensibilities the film is not nearly as strong as its villain. It is, however, just as immature.
May 24, 2019
The premise is intriguing, but this gruesome origin story plays like just another slasher film with idiots for victims.
May 24, 2019
A machine to deliver gore and violence, Brightburn also features some of the most improbably and even hatefully dumb salt-of-the-Earth type characters in a recent American horror movie.
May 24, 2019
I wish there were more to Brightburn.
May 24, 2019
The acting is frankly better than it has to be for a horror film, and the overall idea is clever.
May 23, 2019
What If baby Superman broke bad? A great premise gets seriously squandered in this ridiculous superhero/horror movie mash-up. The only thing truly scary is that we might be in for a sequel.
May 23, 2019
Brightburn is not a major film, but it's a genuinely provocative one, a hand grenade tossed out into the pop culture arena.
May 23, 2019
What makes "Brightburn" a little better than average is the time it spends observing Brandon with Tori and Kyle, his loving, increasingly alarmed mom and dad, who are played with excellent game faces by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman.
May 23, 2019
Several visuals - and the accompanying crunches and gurgles - will make appearances in my nightmares.
May 23, 2019
Brightburn is rich with references and genre expectations.
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