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The Darkest Minds Reviews

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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 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 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 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 10, 2018
"The Darkest Minds" really fails because it never really manages to separate itself from the pack of other, dangerously similar films.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 3, 2018
An entertaining adaptation that has little to contribute to the panorama of young adult adaptations. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2018
While far from the worst of its ilk, feels half-baked and dull as it plods along a kids-on-the-run journey doing nothing to separate itself from that most crowded of crowds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 6, 2018
Somehow, The Darkest Minds takes a relatively original concept... and turns it into a rote, listless slog.
August 2, 2018
Boring, predictable, uneven, and clunky, The Darkest Minds is simply not worth the money or time.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
August 3, 2018
It's a mildly intriguing premise, but the film doesn't follow through on it with any sort of logic, so the entire story unravels almost as soon as it begins.
August 1, 2018
The Darkest Minds recycles the gist of what we've seen in prior YA dystopian adaptations...
August 2, 2018
A by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller for the YA set that treads water in overly recognizable elements without offering much in the way of anything new or entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2018
The Darkest Minds is what happens when a genre has become stagnant. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 6, 2018
The post-Katniss Everdeen teen dystopia seems doomed to repeat the same (and increasingly less effective) formula forever. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 10, 2018
Jennifer Yuh Nelson's young adult adaptation will be one of many lost amongst a sea of like-minded films.
August 6, 2018
The Darkest Minds has all the elements of a good film, but perhaps the weak link is the source material. In many ways, the plot is lacking and watching it unfold is like coming into something that's already started.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
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