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The Darkest Minds Reviews

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November 7, 2018
...the derivative dramatics of hormonal awkwardness, cynical imprisonment and the overall struggles of growing pains--her junior-sized X-Men copycat is a rote, manipulative melodrama pandering to the lazy sentiments of its younger demographics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 29, 2018
The Darkest Minds is a disappointing debut for director Jennifer Yuh Nelson due to a lackluster script, predictable storytelling and a startling lack of originality that will have you saying 'Saw that! Saw that! Saw that! Thank you, can I go home now?'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2018
The term 'Based on the best selling novel' is starting to become a plague that we can't outrun.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
August 28, 2018
It's also got that problem of the bad guy, there's never a point when you don't know the bad guy's the bad guy.
August 28, 2018
Why is this at the theater? ...Why does this exist?
August 27, 2018
That right. Within moments of "fade in," the president of the United States is ordering that children be caged. I swear to God. The dystopian future is now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
August 24, 2018
A disposable film adaptation that provides nothing but a pretentious desperation for Fox to kick off another franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
August 21, 2018
The Darkest Minds isn't just overtly derivative. It's happily, dully derivative too, barely trying to hide its patchwork narrative or the debt it owes to its many predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2018
Perhaps the biggest sin in The Darkest Minds is the film's refusal to fully explore the world it creates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 21, 2018
Throw in a supporting cast of TV escapees from the likes of Prison Break and CSI, and Darkest Minds feels like a wannabe movie franchise that already knew it was on borrowed time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 18, 2018
...unlikely to win over any converts outside its target demographic, but its a solid effort nonetheless.
August 18, 2018
Unusually for a studio picture, the basic elements of filmmaking - script, acting, editing and even the soundtrack choices - are below par in The Darkest Minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 18, 2018
Dystopian young adult film fails to connect despite its relevant theme of youth resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 17, 2018
The Darkest Minds puts an X-Men spin on the typical 'teens in dystopia' YA formula, but the result is more derivative than creative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 16, 2018
this tripe is thinly plotted and moves at a snail's pace...[yet] as mind-numbing as the film is, it does manage to raise a chief question, which is: how many more of these dystopian teen action flicks are we supposed to sit through?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 16, 2018
Caught somewhere between silly and serious, The Darkest Minds is a generic, late entry in the Young Adult sci-fi genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 15, 2018
This is dull, dull stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 14, 2018
It's very derivative...and takes a long time to get going. But it does just about get there, helped by attractive lead performances from Amandla Stenberg and Harris Dickinson and a refreshingly 'colour-blind' take on adolescent love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2018
This hopeless adaptation of some book you've never heard of breaks new ground in its determination not to surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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