Venom Reviews

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October 4, 2018
There's nothing memorable in "Venom," nothing to talk about the next day. But if it happens to hit you right, its lightness is refreshing.
October 4, 2018
The ingratiating eccentricities of "Venom" aren't enough to really distinguish the movie from its superhero-movie brethren as it devolves into the usual expensive orgy of sound, fury and wisecracking.
October 4, 2018
More monster movie than a superhero one, Sony's attempt to expand its Spider-Man franchise with this solo vehicle for one of his more colorful villains makes a mess of the tone, staggering from horror-tinged nastiness to split-personality comedy.
October 4, 2018
A tonally wonky lark that's actually stronger when it's sillier. It's a mess, but a fun mess-at least for a while.
Top Critic
October 3, 2018
At the very least, Venom feels as if Fleischer was shooting two radically different movies at once, and even in the final edit it's not clear which he chose.
October 3, 2018
"Venom"? More like cyanide.
October 3, 2018
Even the great Tom Hardy is defeated by this tone-deaf Marvel botch job, which delivers a puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had every right to expect..
October 3, 2018
Venom is obviously the victim of some brutal editing, and the derivative, sketchily plotted B-movie that's left is as scrappy and hurried as a trailer.
October 3, 2018
The film contains a vast wealth of laughs that emanate from a kind of action-comedy slapstick I sincerely didn't know Tom Hardy had in him.
October 3, 2018
Nowhere near as edgy or exciting as it should have been.
October 3, 2018
Why can't the movie make Venom properly dirty? The PG-13 rating seriously hurts.
October 3, 2018
The filmmakers seem faintly aware that not all comic book characters are superheroes, but unsure of what else Venom could actually be.
October 3, 2018
It's a mess, but wow, is it ever a fun, fascinating mess.
October 3, 2018
"Venom" feels like pretty weak poison.
October 3, 2018
A significant problem in a film full of them is that Eddie comes off as a dope, an eager dufus hardly convincing as a boundary-pushing journo or someone who can out-think a titan of technology.
October 3, 2018
Venom is riddled with the poison of dullness.
October 3, 2018
It never rises above bombastic and busy - which is something I never thought I'd say about a movie starring three aces like Hardy, Ahmed, and Williams.
October 3, 2018
If you replaced Tom Hardy for Steve Martin in "All of Me," and switched out Lily Tomlin for a wad of chewed-up black licorice, you'd have "Venom."
October 3, 2018
"Venom" is a textbook case of a comic-book film that's unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura.
October 3, 2018
This radically different approach will surely be jarring to some, but the fact that this movie could never exist in the same world as "Captain America: Civil War" despite hailing from the same brand of comics is part of its charm.
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