Midnight Special Reviews

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October 3, 2019
In an era of remakes and sequels, Midnight Special offers something a little fresh and different.
August 7, 2019
While the entire movie is exciting with incredibly realized set pieces, the love that the principle characters show for each other is what makes it a great movie.
July 17, 2019
The entire cast delivers strong work, but the aimless script doesn't provide them with enough to cross the finish line.
July 9, 2019
It's a lot like a frantic attempt to get at candy in the middle. But there is no candy. It's just a Tic-Tac. And sure, Tic-Tacs are fine, but if you're expecting actual candy, a Tic-Tac may as well be a hot booger.
April 20, 2019
Midnight Special is missing a foundation in the pathos and humanity in which Spielberg and Carpenter firmly rooted their iconic films.
April 16, 2019
Midnight Special comes close to greatness is undeniable - its first hour is a deliriously inventive, utterly arresting cosmic thriller that keeps its cards very close to its chest. If only the final act didn't reveal its bluff.
April 12, 2019
Midnight Special is a bit of a slow burn but it builds a believable story that gives you time to contemplate what is happening.
February 4, 2019
Midnight Special is brilliant, both in its simplicity and profundity.
January 16, 2019
Needless to say, when one of my favorite working directors tackles an emotional parent-child drama (which has its origins in Nichols' own experience as a parent), I'm going to respond to it.
November 4, 2018
Nichols doesn't quite have the confidence to honour the tauter, darker bent of his leanings, instead pushing the material more towards a hackneyed Spielbergian sentiment.
November 1, 2018
I hope Midnight Special serves as a great example to indie filmmakers to take their sensibilities and carry them over into the world of genre fiction.
October 16, 2018
The story is wonderfully detailed, entertaining, mysterious, and endlessly thrilling.
October 5, 2018
Midnight Special is trying to tell something more ambitious in scope, yet Nichols doesn't go out of his way to make it ambitious.
August 31, 2018
There's something frustrating about the overall lack of detail that was needed to bring us just a bit closer to Alton and his journey. Regardless, Nichols' sci-fi mystery stands strong enough on its own merits.
August 29, 2018
The film's real drama lies in a father's belief in his son and disbelief in the system.
May 22, 2018
Midnight Special is so provocative and persuasively strange that it's worth seeing despite the final let down.
December 4, 2017
Midnight Special is a smartly crafted exercise in exploring what the gifted child means to different individuals and factions; parents, government agencies, religious extremists, society, and most importantly, the boy understanding himself.
October 24, 2017
It's undeniably well made, but its growing resemblance to ET was just too silly for me.
October 11, 2017
Nichols has yet to make a bad movie, and Midnight Special is not only within his usual style of excellence-despite that semi-wonky ending-it's also his most accessible film to date.
September 26, 2017
Nichols builds expectations only to frustrate them. A little of that is okay, but there's a fine line between ambiguity and obscurity, and he comes up on the wrong side.
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