Midnight Special Reviews

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December 28, 2016
The heavens keep splitting to deliver forked tinsel masquerading as sci-fi lightning.
November 17, 2016
Nichols does so many things so well, and all at once, that it sort of takes your breath away.
August 11, 2016
There is an adrenaline-fueled elasticity to events that is as smooth as it is exhilarating, all of it given extra potency thanks to the emotional complexities driving things to their conclusion.
August 2, 2016
Midnight Special is a film about fatherhood and faith, with sci-fi elements that are engrossing, mysterious, and will linger with viewers for a long time.
April 27, 2016
Director Jeff Nichols has created a bleak world confronted with the real prospect of hope, but only if you let yourself believe in it.
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 26, 2016
Weirder stuff begins happening, but that's best left to the movie's telling rather than mine.
April 22, 2016
Nichols is a director who isn't afraid to leave questions unanswered. I left the cinema thinking a lot about what I saw.
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 10, 2016
Overall, this is a tremendous film - narratively satisfying, visually striking, and with a teasing theological subtext, if that's your bag.
April 8, 2016
This is a film that draws you in even as it perplexes you and that ultimately has a very strong emotional kick.
April 8, 2016
The eventual release from oppression feels a little forced, but Midnight Special lays hooks that stay imbedded in anxious parts of the brain.
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
The shortcomings of Nicholls's movie help throw into sharp relief exactly what it was that Spielberg got so right.
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 7, 2016
Soulful sci-fi. A tribute to '80s classics, but with a 21st-century twist: Close Encounters of a new kind.
April 1, 2016
It all sounds terribly murky, but few filmmakers are as gifted at making you want to peer through the murk.
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