Midnight Special Reviews

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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.
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.
August 15, 2017
Ahhh, science fiction goodness. Just what the doctor ordered.
June 26, 2017
Taken purely as entertainment, Jeff Nichols' film Midnight Special is a smart, tersely constructed sci-fi adventure in the vein of classics such as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
June 1, 2017
Kirsten Dunst has a great role as Alton's mother, Sarah. She doesn't come into the picture until halfway through the film, but she quickly steals several scenes away from Shannon with a gentle, moving performance.
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