Venom

Critics Consensus

Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.

29%

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Reviews Counted: 308

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User Ratings: 37,618

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Average Rating: 4.2/5

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Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.

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Cast

Tom Hardy
as Eddie Brock / Venom
Riz Ahmed
as Dr. Carlton Drake
Scott Haze
as Roland Treece
Reid Scott
as Patrick Mulligan
Sope Aluko
as Dr. Rosie Collins
Wayne Pére
as Dr. Emerson
Marcella Bragio
as Neighborhood Couple
Mac Brandt
as Jack the Bartender
Michelle Lee
as Donna Diego
Sam Medina
as Parolee
Gail Gamble
as Driver/Street Pedestrian
Donald K. Overstreet
as Operations Specialist
William W. Barbour
as Neighborhood Couple
Christian Convery
as Joey-8 Year Old Boy
Michelle Fang
as Tech Girl
Sailor Larocque
as Tater Tot Girl
Jane McNeill
as Restaurant Patron
Selena Anduze
as Bistro Manager
Otis Winston
as Chasing Guard
Laura Distin
as Restaurant Patron
Vickie Eng
as Donna Diego/Old Woman
Chris Ward
as San Francisco Pedestrian
Brandon Morales
as Officer #1
JB Tadena
as S.W.A.T. Officer 1
Etienne Vick
as Window Shopper
Al-Jaleel Knox
as Stoner Dude #2
Peggy Lu
as Mrs. Chen
Amy Le
as Villager
Patrick Brown
as Mercenary
Ellen Gerstein
as Mrs. Manfredi
Carter Burch
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Daniela Gaskie
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Khalid Ghajji
as Swat Team #9
Elizabeth Becka
as Restaurant Patron #2
Joseph Amey
as Street Pedestrian
Denney Pierce
as Merc Driver
Chris Stein
as Mission Control Operator
Phil Tyler
as S.W.A.T. Leader
Grace Wan
as Actress
John Gettier
as SWAT Team #9
Van Marten
as SFPD Officer
Jake Hanson
as Strip Club Patron
Marquis Magwood
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Homero Lopez
as Street Pedestrian
Ronnie Yelverton
as Prison Guard
Ray Benitez
as Bistro Chef
John Ozuna
as Johnson Prison Guard
Mary Lu Marr
as Cafe Patron
John Lobato
as SFPD Officer
Paul Pillsbury
as Hazmat Crew
David King
as Street Chase Pedestrian
Paul Barlow, Jr.
as Tour Teacher
Apollo GT
as Villager
Tianna Hazard
as Boy's Mother
Megan Aldrich
as Street Pedestrian
Buddy Rahming
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for Venom

All Critics (308) | Top Critics (35)

A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to mess up a car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco and Fleischer certainly doesn't, though at these speeds we should be gasping and laughing instead of just nodding our heads.

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Venom symbiote requires a perfect match to bond with its host; otherwise, the host is doomed. The Venom movie plays like a midnight horror that has invaded a superhero movie, and while there are some laffs to be had, it's far from a perfect match.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Mostly bad-bad, with a splash and dash of fun.

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Certainly I'm in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked "Venom." Hell, if it wasn't for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It turns out Venom isn't much different than the alien who starred in NBC's 1980s sitcom ALF: A pushy boor motivated mostly by his next snack.

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Venom

½

I suppose you have to be a big fan of the Venom comics to appreciate this. And even then, were you not hoping for something...more? Not one interesting or relatable character in sight, a really odd and awkward sense of humor, action scenes by the numbers, mediocre CGI of ridiculously silly creatures. There is no level on which this works. And worst of all, this was a big hit and there'll be more. The Marvel Cinematic Universe does play in entirely different leagues than this drivel.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

This is a superhero movie that certainly has fun elements, but the story ... they dropped the ball, plain and simple. I actually felt sorry for Tom Hardy and Michelle Willaims, forced to sit in the figurative baggage car of the Marvel movie money train. And yet, despite the many, many flaws, it is a superhero movie. So, any port in a storm.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Forceful, cringe-worthy CGI, dialogue and humor, Venom needs more than just its witty, charming chemistry from Hardy and his symbiotic counterpart to save what seems to be just another sub-par entry in Sony's attempt to salvage what universe it has or is trying to create. 2.3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

I'm going to try my best in not using the word "fun" to describe my feelings toward this movie because that word is to be taken with a large grain of salt here. Due to the way I personally experienced this film, I would love to sugarcoat it and talk about the positives and mention why all of the negatives are really positives, but that would just be ignoring the film as a whole. Venom is the latest attempt at starting a Marvel franchise outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if this movie is any indication of what their plans are, then I'm afraid for this world to expand. That being said, at times, this movie is a blast to watch and I had a decent time at the theatre. I'm by no means calling this a good film, but here's why some viewers will probably find some enjoyment. Taking next to nothing from the source material, Venom follows Eddie Brock as he stumbles upon an alien life form known as a Symbiote. The company known as the Life Foundation has been running tests on these Symbiotes in hopes of merging them with a human. Once Eddie merges with the Symbiote known as Venom, chaos ensues and he begins to wreak havoc on the city, or face certain death if he doesn't cooperate. The fact that his life is in danger is literally the only glimpse at the true origin of this character. Quite honestly, the fact that they weren't able to use Spider-Man really took away from the depth that this film could've achieved. That aside, I chose to watch the movie as if it was an original film, with no comic origins to weigh it down. As a movie with absolutely no baggage, it creates some of its own by having a first act that relies far too heavily on the serious aspects of this foundation and not enough humour with the character of Eddie Brock. By the time Eddie becomes one with Venom, his sequences are very funny and easily staple themselves as the highlights of the film. From the dialogue to the set-up, this character was far better than the film that surrounded him. I found myself loving every whimsical second of the presence that either Eddie Brock or Venom provided. Their interaction with one another made me wish I had been watching a better movie with them in it. As far as the action goes, the second half of the film is loaded with it. When this film begins, it drags on quite a bit with a very mediocre premise, while also rushing through many story beats, making it quite the jumbled mess. If you're willing to be patient with a film in order to get to some awesome and even comedic sequences, then I would recommend Venom to you, based purely on entertainment. This is a film that would have benefitted from a teenage audience over a decade ago. The standard that has been set by many comic-based hero films these days are just too high for a film like this to match. In the end, Venom is a film that has a very strong, entertaining, and even hilarious central anti-hero. Its biggest flaw is the fact that every character is very standard and one-dimensional, and given that this film has a supporting cast in Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, that's quite upsetting. It has a decent score and the action is entertaining at times, but the story itself falls flat on its face. This movie would've benefitted from the true origin of its titular character, but the presence of that character is pretty awesome on-screen. Although the movie is very hollow, I would almost recommend this film for Tom Hardy's performance as Eddie Brock, because it was fantastic. Overall, Venom isn't a good film, but there are some terrifically entertaining moments.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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