Midnight Special Reviews

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February 3, 2021
The story is more about fear of the unknown and belief than flying saucers or little green men. Mulder and Scully would love it.
November 10, 2020
Special powers are involved and the end of the film delivers a sonic boom to your chest.
July 3, 2020
Full of weighty existential, metaphysical themes and ideas, and a deliberately paced mystery, at its heart, the movie is about the mournful power of fatherhood.
June 26, 2020
It is a tense and imaginative science-fiction film that infects once it puts a family on the brink of a fantastic encounter, but this time close to the third kind. [Full review in Spanish]
January 13, 2020
Midnight Special is uneven, but just successful enough to suggest that there's room in contemporary sci-fi for more positive, contemplative films.
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 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.
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.
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