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Death Note benefits from director Adam Wingard's distinctive eye and a talented cast, but they aren't enough to overcome a fatally overcrowded canvas. Read critic reviews

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A high school student discovers a supernatural notebook that has deadly powers. He can kill anyone he wishes simply by inscribing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with his new power, he begins to eliminate those he deems unworthy of life.

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  • Netflix's Death Note fails Asian-Americans in the more mundane way that most Hollywood releases continue to .

    August 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A project that feels both overdetermined and underdeveloped.

    August 29, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Adam Wingard has robbed Death Note of its identity, messing up nearly everything that made the original series so compelling.

    August 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Death Note is a whitewashed, hasty, and vapid adaptation that offers one great performance, few thrills, and lots of missed opportunities.

    August 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The ending will have you switching off your Netflix app in disgust. If you don't die from boredom before you get there.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • In trying to translate so much mythology into just one 100 minute movie, an awful lot is lost but given the sorry state of the horror genre, even the vaguest of glimmers is worth something.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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