Dark Phoenix

Critics Consensus

Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc -- with deeply disappointing results.

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Total Count: 348

64%

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Verified Ratings: 15,441
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In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

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Cast

James McAvoy
as Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender
as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
as Raven / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult
as Hank McCoy / Beast
Sophie Turner
as Jean Grey / Phoenix
Tye Sheridan
as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Alexandra Shipp
as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Evan Peters
as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Olivia Munn
as Psylocke
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Critic Reviews for Dark Phoenix

All Critics (348) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (269)

  • The movie's weaknesses make more glaring the movie's hollowness where the storyline's feminism once was.

    Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Stephanie Burt

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force.

    Jun 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It didn't have to end this way...It didn't have to end with so little emotion, so little meaning - with a sad little speech about evolving, for Phoenix's sake.

    Jun 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • "Logan" is the proper finale to the "X-Men" film series. "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... is so disappointing that it doesn't deserve that honor.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The final battle takes place aboard a moving train that feels like it's headed nowhere. At this point, it's a perfect metaphor for the "X-Men" series.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • It's either an origin story or a series finale, but it's definitely a low point in the "X-Men" franchise.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Phoenix

  • 6d ago
    I don't know if Dark Phoenix is the worst entry in the X-Men franchise. I feel like I remember being much more angry walking out of Last Stand than this one. Dark Phoenix didn't really make me "angry"... It didn't make me feel anything I guess. But there was just nothing I liked about this. Like, Apocalypse was a bad movie, absolutely, but I really enjoyed that bit in the middle where the young X-Men got to the shopping centre together. That elevated it for me, even if it didn't stop it being a bad movie. Dark Phoenix has no such moment. Nothing I liked.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2019
    This movie is an absolute mess. This is one of the most iconic stories in Marvel history and they don't respect it in the slightest. Instead of making it about sacrifice , responsibility, death and rebirth, they make it about feminism. how progressive of you fox. Taking the liberty of modern social issues and gender politics and completely degrading the tightly written literature that therein the Phoenix Saga! Despicable. They do not delve into the lore, The Pheonix Force, what is is, how it works, or anything.. No Shi'ar empire, No Hellfire Club, No Cyclops leading the team... nothing.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2019
    We have come to the end of an era. The very first X-Men film was released in the year 2000, and since the purchase of 20th Century Fox by Disney, it became official that this franchise as we know it, will end very soon. The core storyline that has served as a loose prequel to the original three X-Men films has come to end, with a thud. Although I wouldn't say I hated this movie, it does present itself as a bit of a disgrace to fans of this franchise as a whole. Almost playing as a low-budget feature film, Dark Phoenix is a film that fails on pretty much everything it promises. Following the events of a mishap in space that ultimately gives Jean Grey the ability of endless power, she becomes the very thing the X-Men have learned to destroy. How she receives the power is blown over and how it comes to be the climax of the film is also ridiculous and overblown. As Jean's power hasn't been fully explored in previous films, her overpowered self seemed more than a little forced here. Personally, I found myself bored by this movie, simply because these characters didn't feel like they felt in any of the previous movies that preceded it. I would say, more than anything, Dark Phoenix is a film that feels like it needed extra work in the development of the screenplay. Simon Kinberg adapted this screenplay from the comic books alone, and while I believe he has been a great writer for this franchise in the past, I believe he took on a little more than he could handle. On top of writing the film, he also stepped into the director's chair. I do believe this man to be incredibly talented in certain areas and may possibly become an award-winning director in the future, but this was not the movie to start with. An amateur director with a budget of over 100 million dollars is usually not a good idea and this film proves that notion tenfold. Where this film does shine (for themes part), is in its performances. These actors/actresses have always been fantastic since their first appearances in the films, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Although a few of them may have been phoned in for reasons that shouldn't even be mentioned in the review itself, this is a movie that's riddled with talent from beginning to end. Overall, Dark Phoenix marks the ending to this era of X-Men films, and for that alone, many will look at this instalment as possibly the worst in the franchise. It tries to finish this new story, while also tying loose ends from the past, but honestly fails at accomplishing either. There are a few moments of levity here and honestly aspects of the movie that brought me to tears, but only because I was invested in the previous movies. Dark Phoenix brings nothing new to the table and ultimately feels like an independent superhero movie with a big budget to back it up, but not capitalizing on any of that. More than anything, I'm disappointed.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2019
    While it may not be as wasteful as it was anticipated to be, it also feels like an underplayed effort for a franchise that's closing its chapter under the 20th Century Fox banner for nearly 20 years. Dark Phoenix has salvagable action and performances, but its meddling story and flat, rushed pacing felt more disappointing than terrible. 2.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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