Reviews

Nov 11, 2020
The spectacle is entertaining, up to a point, but even the digital wizardry wears thin, and Dark Phoenix turns into a standard-brand miasma of explosions, collisions and swirling force fields.
Feb 19, 2020
Turner delivers a solid performance as a young woman coming to grips with an unknown force, and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender maintain the frenemy bond we've grown to love.
Jul 6, 2019
A middlin' X-men effort that cheats the saga of its past, present and future, messing with the story-line in unacceptable ways. Plus, it looks big and cheap - but mostly cheap.
Jun 20, 2019
Outgunned on the action front by box-office rivals and too nervous to tell a more intimate story, Dark Phoenix leaves the franchise running on empty.
Jun 17, 2019
It's as if the writer-director [Simon Kinberg] is using a superhero movie to rediscover the roots of soap opera. His emphasis on everything Young about the franchise swamps everything that's Adult.
Jun 15, 2019
It felt terribly, terribly scrappy.
Jun 14, 2019
Of course it's best not to make too much of this. It's just a movie about mutant superheroes and mutant or alien super-villains, after all...
Jun 14, 2019
Dark Phoenix is the greyest (pun intended) superhero spin-off yet.
Jun 14, 2019
There are strong action set pieces here, but for the most part, Dark Phoenix chews through story so quickly that the narrative ultimately lacks impact.
Jun 12, 2019
The franchise never established the foundation needed to tell this story. That amongst other problems keeps it from being an emotional character journey and makes it yet another blockbuster spectacle that coasts on surface level entertainment value.
Jun 11, 2019
The movie's weaknesses make more glaring the movie's hollowness where the storyline's feminism once was.
Jun 10, 2019
A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force.
Jun 9, 2019
Even by the uneven standards of the X-Men movies, this is a glum exercise in film-making by rote.
Jun 8, 2019
Worst of all, because Jean isn't at the center of her own story, the film's climax ends up being something of a bizarrely unemotional irritation.
Jun 8, 2019
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
If future filmmakers can learn these lessons from the travesty of "Dark Phoenix," it won't have been a total waste.
Jun 7, 2019
This is the end of an era, 19 years, and...they really played it safe. The characters say and do things that don't lead to anything. It should've been so much better than it was.
Jun 7, 2019
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
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
It's hard to be engaged when the characters themselves seem so detached.