Midnight Special Reviews

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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.
April 26, 2016
Riffing on John Carpenter's Starman, writer-director Jeff Nichols has crafted a sci-fi chase film whose gravely naturalistic style adds to its sense of portent.
April 21, 2016
Nothing about this theme is particularly interesting or new, and it's still an open question how far Nichols can be ranked as an original creator as opposed to a prize pupil. Still, there's no doubting his craft and ambition.
April 8, 2016
Nichols has earned the right to take big leaps. Even if he doesn't stick the landing, it's a thrill watching him try. He, too, is something special.
April 7, 2016
Some films exist entirely on their own terms, while others benefit from a bit of backstory.
April 7, 2016
Midnight Special starts strongly, and finishes nowhere very interesting.
April 7, 2016
Nichols is the kind of director who favours the slow burn over the instant payoff, meaning that the high-tension, low-drama manner in which his modern-day parable unfolds makes the third-act fireworks even more dazzling.
April 7, 2016
You watch helplessly as the movie goes off the rails, the suspense and excitement leaking out of the enormous tension the early scenes had generated.
April 1, 2016
It all sounds terribly murky, but few filmmakers are as gifted at making you want to peer through the murk.
April 1, 2016
What started with a gripping premise slackens and goes limp.
March 31, 2016
The movie has its flaws, but it is nonetheless an intriguing sci-fi entry and an engaging story about family.
March 31, 2016
It's refreshing to find yourself immersed in a film that zigs and zags between genres -- and occasionally zaps your senses with an electric charge of shock and awe.
March 31, 2016
How the film plays out, and what happens to the boy and the adults in his company, may prove a revelation, or a disappointment, or something in between. But getting there is thrilling and wondrously strange.
March 31, 2016
It's really just a "B" sci-fi film, with formula turns and gaping holes that rob it of greatness. But it's cladded in "A" materials: Nichols' assured direction, mood-setting cinematography and score and a cast fully invested ...
March 31, 2016
Nichols establishes such a grounded sense of atmosphere and such superb control of mood and pacing, that the odd hiccup barely matters.
March 31, 2016
It's a weird film, one you'd probably have to call science fiction if someone made you pick a genre, and a deeply satisfying one.
March 31, 2016
The picture is a long tease, artfully constructed. Mood is all-important, and it's a mood designed to keep the audience off balance and on edge until the very end.
March 31, 2016
Even if the film unravels a bit at the end, the set-up is terrific, driven in large part by the way Nichols continues to play to his storytelling strengths.
March 31, 2016
Nichols gets us to lean in, and to throw away or at least reconsider a few preconceptions about how much and what sort of narrative baby-sitting an audience requires.
March 30, 2016
More intriguing than satisfying. There's solid acting and tingly tension, but the story doesn't quite add up.
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