Venom Reviews

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March 21, 2019
There's a lot of fun to be had if you go in and turn your brain off and go with it.
October 10, 2018
Sony, overly intent on empire-building, has jettisoned a crucial ingredient: bite.
October 5, 2018
A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.
October 5, 2018
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.
October 5, 2018
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.
October 5, 2018
Mostly bad-bad, with a splash and dash of fun.
October 5, 2018
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.
Top Critic
October 5, 2018
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.
October 5, 2018
"Venom" could become Marvel's version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" -- a camp classic worth mocking again and again.
October 5, 2018
The chief problem with "Venom" is that it never settles on a tone. Is it comedy? Horror? Romance? Drama? Why not try all of them at once?
October 5, 2018
A horribly scripted film so bad as to be enjoyable, but not bad enough to be good.
October 5, 2018
On the Marvel scale of greatness, with 1 being the least pleasing and 10 the most amazing, Venom might be around a 3.5, a 4 if you're in a really good mood.
October 4, 2018
Part of the reason the superhero genre has managed to elevate itself is it gives us characters that we root for and care about. Venom does none of this.
October 4, 2018
At some future gala event where Tom Hardy is being feted for his incredible acting career, the clip from Venom will be the one that gets the audience laughing.
October 4, 2018
Venom has been unleashed. Infection has entered the system. The blockbuster bloat is spreading.
October 4, 2018
The story of his origins is so complicated that you need a background briefing if you don't already possess a PhD in Marvel anthropology and genealogy.
October 4, 2018
It all ends with a gaudy computer-generated eye-gasm and the sense that you might just have seen the worst comic-book blockbuster of the decade.
October 4, 2018
It's just not an especially good superhero movie and it wastes an intriguing premise.
October 4, 2018
It's an incoherent mess of tones, acting styles and visual effects. And yet it's kind of a hoot.
October 4, 2018
A picture in the running for the dubious distinction of being perhaps the worst Marvel-derived origin story ever. And that includes the odious 2015 "Fantastic Four."
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