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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

“Dark Phoenix” centers on Jean Grey and the much-feared Phoenix force. The story originated in the 1976-77 comic book series “Uncanny X-Men” when Grey is exposed the deadly radiation after returning from a mission in space.
Author Review
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Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"[It] lacks the exclamation point fans have justifiably been hoping for at the end of a road that has embraced three prequels (...) The creative inspiration and public excitement that once fed the series has demonstrably dissipated."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"[It] takes blockbuster gender politics a step further, using Jean’s mistress-of-the-universe state to forge an allegory of the rise of women that’s sharply compelling"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Michael O'Sullivan
The Washington Post
"By the time the 'X-Men' finally get around to doing what they do best (...) it all feels borderline tedious, like a game of superhuman rock-paper scissors (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"A perfect storm of pointlessness (...) Safe, insubstantial, and skirting the surface of powerful ideas that even the kid-friendly animated series was unafraid to tackle."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"[It] is pretty far-fetched even for a franchise about rare genetic mutations that allow people to read minds and shoot lasers with their eyes. It’s not bad, just crazy (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"Not even Turner, with her radiant screen presence (...) can ultimately save 'Dark Phoenix' from its own failures of imagination."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"[It] rises from the ashes of 2016’s silly, bloated 'X-Men: Apocalypse' — not a free bird, exactly, but better than what came before."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
William Bibbiani
The Wrap
"A disappointingly average superhero flick, with a familiar story, disinterested actors, some cool action sequences, and a whole lot of missed opportunities.  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Jim Vejvoda
"It’s certainly better than the bloated and excessive 'X-Men: Apocalypse', but 'Dark Phoenix' is still a disappointing finale for this nearly 20-year-old series"  NEU
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Soren Andersen
Seattle Times
"A joyless addition to the long-running 'X-Men' franchise (...) The makers have indicated 'Phoenix' is the culmination of the franchise’s long run. If true, it was definitely overdue (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"The point of a phoenix, dark or otherwise, is that it rises from the flames. But these are the flames in which this franchise has finally gone down (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
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