Midnight Special Reviews

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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.
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.
October 24, 2017
It's undeniably well made, but its growing resemblance to ET was just too silly for me.
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.
January 2, 2017
Whenever Alton interacts with anyone besides his parents, Lieberher's attempt to appear as if from another, more developed plane is more often flat and borderline silly than foreboding.
December 28, 2016
The heavens keep splitting to deliver forked tinsel masquerading as sci-fi lightning.
June 25, 2016
Nichols' decision to play it close to the vest and keep the story shrouded in mystery initially works, but as the film progresses and little comes into focus, it becomes apparent that his script ultimately isn't ambiguous so much as underwritten.
June 20, 2016
Midnight Special represents another disappointing entry in Jeff Nichols' filmography, one that suffers from his usual list of problems, including a lacking narrative, poor character development, and shoddy pacing.
May 8, 2016
... this road trip never reaches its intended destination.
April 15, 2016
It's a disappointing way for this movie to bow out after starting so remarkably.
April 15, 2016
...the dialogue is so muted and dialed-back that it leaves little room for those delivering it to establish themselves as individuals.
April 14, 2016
There are good things here, some wonderful individual pieces that never come together in any significant way.
April 10, 2016
It's strange, but not in a good way.
April 8, 2016
Promising but rather confusing.
April 8, 2016
A problem for me is that the movie (marred by a nudging reverential score) never presents Alton as anything but a benign, even angelic force. The implications of Alton's power is terrifying, but the movie from the start treats the boy as a gift.
April 8, 2016
Sci-fi, superstition and deep daftness collide in a high-minded but exasperating drama that feels three times longer than its already hefty running time.
April 7, 2016
Jeff Nichols has made better films than Midnight Special, and likely will again. (Splice Today)
April 7, 2016
Midnight Special starts strongly, and finishes nowhere very interesting.
April 7, 2016
The shortcomings of Nicholls's movie help throw into sharp relief exactly what it was that Spielberg got so right.
April 7, 2016
After laboriously creating the paranoid world of the Ranch in the film's strong first hour, Nichols never returns to it. You leave the theatre wondering what else he forgot, or didn't quite think through.
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