Dark Phoenix

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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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The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy.

Cast & Crew

James McAvoy
Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender
Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
Raven, Mystique
Nicholas Hoult
Hank McCoy, Beast
Sophie Turner
Jean Grey, Phoenix
Tye Sheridan
Scott Summers, Cyclops
Alexandra Shipp
Ororo Munroe, Storm
Evan Peters
Peter Maximoff, Quicksilver
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Kurt Wagner, Nightcrawler
Simon Kinberg
Screenwriter
Stan Lee
Executive Producer
Josh McLaglen
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Mauro Fiore
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Lee Smith
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Critic Reviews for Dark Phoenix

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  • Aug 03, 2020
    An ambitious undertaking, all these storylines converging, all these characters elbowing for screen time, proves too unwieldy to manage at the end of the day for this work. Nonetheless a superhero movie whose subject is one too few in the genre tangle with, i.e., how to come to grips living with more power than anyone around you, especially if those around you have more power than anyone else. It's not as bad as others make it out to be to be and still is a worthwhile pass of time, only lacking the oomph people come to expect from the genre.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2019
    With the exception of some well staged action sequences, the movie has almost nothing to offer and the excessively dour tone guarantees that fun will be had by absolutely no one.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2019
    The X-Men franchise comes to an end with Dark Phoenix, a thrilling sci-fi adventure. During a mission to rescue the crew of a space shuttle Jean Grey absorbs a strange energy cloud that causes her to lose control of her powers and become a danger to those around her; meanwhile an alien race called the D'Bari tracks the energy to Earth and attempts extract it from Jean. Writer/director Simon Kinberg does some interesting things with the characters, but breaks from the established series continuity (which is rather irritating). Also, the plot is rushed and doesn't spend any time explaining who the aliens are. And Jessica Chastain is criminally underused. Still, the special effects are especially well-done, and the fight scenes are exciting and action-packed. While it has some problems, Dark Phoenix is an entertaining film that unfortunately brings an end to the Fox chapter of this franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2019
    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

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