The Darkest Minds

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The Darkest Minds does little to differentiate itself in a crowded field of YA adaptations, leaving all but the least demanding viewers feeling dystopian déjà vu.



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When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.


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  • The film is framed so deliberately as a prelude to more exciting times to come in its sequels that it renders the ending oddly anti-climactic.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • None of it is new, none of it is interesting and the storytelling is tissue-paper thin.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Despite its radical potential, it's disappointing to see this story fall back on what's considered typical teen stuff.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The pieces of a potential franchise are put in play here without stakes being raised or pulses quickened.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • There's a lot that's confusing or poorly set up. That's a script problem, but also a lack of emotional direction and momentum.

    Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Darkest Minds

  • Jan 20, 2019
    Really bad, the kind of thing that probably at least would have been commercially succesful about five years ago, but now? Ends up not only a box office lightweight, but also a failure of a story.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    In a scene meant to show how self-aware it is, The Darkest Minds instead reiterates just how derivative it is of every other YA-spawned franchise that has come before it and in turn, how mundane it is by comparison. I mean, itï¿ 1/2(TM)s fine. And it proves that sometimes the destination can be better than the journey as the final moments pack more genuine emotion and heart than the entire movie up until that point. So, itï¿ 1/2(TM)s kinda completely whack, but at the same time makes the best of this combination of elements that youï¿ 1/2(TM)ve seen countless times before. I wonï¿ 1/2(TM)t remember it in two weeks, but hey-I was never bored. Take what you can get.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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