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The Darkest Minds Reviews

August 8, 2018
Despite its radical potential, it's disappointing to see this story fall back on what's considered typical teen stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2018
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.
Top Critic
August 3, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 3, 2018
Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.
August 3, 2018
The film's bittersweet conclusion is strong enough to provide real narrative impetus for the inevitable sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2018
"The Darkest Minds" is in desperate need of a spark, any spark. References to "Watership Down" and "Harry Potter" only serve to show how far this film is from the classics it admires.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 3, 2018
Notable for its willingness to display coarse language (kids these days), and nasty behavior - it's a dystopia; when mind-control powers are in play, is it really so surprising that they get used for murder, rape, and torture?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 3, 2018
The environment in which stories like The Hunger Games or Divergent gained followings has changed, and The Darkest Minds has not adapted to survive it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2018
What we're left with is a Mad-Libs version of a dystopian YA adaptation done by someone who saw half of an X-Men movie on TV once, with no depth, no new ideas, and no point.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 2, 2018
The movie doesn't end so much as stop, while promising at least one sequel. But here's a wild guess: This is the last you'll be hearing about "The Darkest Minds."
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 2, 2018
You've seen this future before.
August 2, 2018
Even if "Darkest Minds" withers at the box office, Yuh deserves a mulligan. I mean, Rob Reiner hasn't made a good movie since 1996, and he's still working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 2, 2018
Among Ruby's special psychic powers is the ability to erase herself from the memory of others. Critics and audiences will doubtlessly dream wistfully it could be bestowed upon them.
August 2, 2018
For all the talk about colors, though, and the palette that's represented within the movie's ambitions, The Darkest Minds ultimately proves pretty drab and gray.
August 2, 2018
I suppose it's possible to argue that The Darkest Minds can be enjoyed for what it is. Unfortunately, that "what" refers to something incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2018
About five years and 15 movie dystopias too late to feel the least bit fresh or interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2018
"The Darkest Minds" plays like a lightning round in which the goal is to hit as many teenage-dystopia tropes as possible.
July 31, 2018
Looks a heck of a lot like other superhero movies and YA adaptations, and it's loaded with a ton of on-the-nose metaphors for youthful oppression. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
July 31, 2018
Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's live-action debut contains all the hallmarks of the kind of film that could have done brisk business five years ago, but now seems doomed to join other one-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 31, 2018
A by-the-numbers YA dystopia.
July 31, 2018
Borrows nearly all its ingredients from other popular sci-fi franchises - from "X-Men" to "Stranger Things" - and doesn't much seem to mind if kids recognize how derivative it is...