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What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
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Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
"While not exactly original, the premise is certainly effective enough. But Brightburn lacks the visual stylization or wit to elevate it from the realm of the crudely effective B-movie."  NEU
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Dennis Harvey
"A watchable but super-silly mix of superheroics and evil-child horror that mashes together singularly uninspired ideas from both."  NEG
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Kate Erbland
"[It] is certainly compelling, but stuck in the confines of the horror genre, it flames out far more than it flies."  NEU
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Scott Mendelson
"[It] is, sans expectations or hopes, a well-made and appropriately vicious skewing of a classic genre archetype."  POS
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Robert Abele
The Wrap
"What if Superman started out evil? And what if that was the only idea you had for your movie?"  NEG
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A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"The gore and the scares work pretty well. The director, David Yarovesky, and the screenwriters, Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, hit the genre beats cleanly and efficiently."  POS
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Witney Seibold
"A wickedly fun little horror flick with enough gore and superhero lore to keep fans of both satisfied."  POS
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
"For such a specific, clever-on-paper idea, 'Brightburn' follows a shockingly predictable turn of events, possibly because it has few reference points beyond other pop-culture stories."  NEG
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"A great premise gets seriously squandered in this ridiculous superhero/horror movie mash-up (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
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Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"At times, Brightburn risks falling into the all-too-familiar creepy kid horror formula but there’s just about enough to distinguish it from that ever-expanding subgenre (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"The conceit works brilliantly until, in the closing 20 minutes, it clatters disappointingly into a fatal uncertainty (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
Sarah McIntyre
"'Brightburn' requires you to suspend your disbelief so wholly you feel like screaming at the screen (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
Brian Lloyd
"'BrightBurn' is exactly the kind of cynical mash-up you'd expect from studio executives eager to make a quick payout (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 5)"  NEG
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
"The promise of 'Brightburn’s first hour is squandered in a messy, gory climax (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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