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Bird Box

Post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future, where single mother Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) and her two young children are among the survivors after supernatural creatures drive a large swathe of the Earth's population to bloody violence, sparked by simply looking at one of the creatures. Facing a perilous 20 mile journey on a small rowing boat while blindfolded, the family will have to rely on her wits and her children's trained ears. [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Michael Nordine
"Susanne Bier's inventive drama is a welcome addition to the post-apocalyptic canon (...) Denying your characters one of their senses makes for incredibly tense moments"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"[It] is only partly successful (...) The haunting, hypnotic, palm-sweating score by Reznor and Ross promises way more than the film delivers.(…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Yolanda Machado
The Wrap
"[It] offers both an interesting take on the end of the world and riveting, emotional insights on survival, parenthood, and humanity itself."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"An inexplicably bland ensemble that even a talented cast can’t render interesting."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Mendelson
"It is a gripping, intense and character-focused melodrama (...) The picture is anchored by a conventionally terrific Sandra Bullock star turn"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Aisha Harris
The New York Times
"The horse-related theme is severely undercooked (...) Too often 'Bird Box' walks right up to the edge of pure suspense and disappoints"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"The film does succeed in building a feeling of oppressive claustrophobia and a last stand mentality (...) This is deep-dish popular material that feels shortchanged in terms of suspense, scares and thrills"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Brian Tallerico
"Undercooked metaphors about motherhood and a mishandled climax aside, there’s enough to like in Susanne Bier’s 'Bird Box' (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
"[It] isn’t awful, but it is pretty bland.(…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Amy Nicholson
The Guardian
"A disappointingly clunky waste of a star-studded cast (...) These characters feel so crammed together and underwritten that they add up to almost nothing (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"A familiar dystopian thriller somewhat redeemed by Sandra Bullock’s emotional performance (...) [It is] bleak but also sluggish, never fully fleshing out the themes at the story’s core."  NEU
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