Brightburn

critic Reviews

57% Rotten Tomatometer Score57%
  • Although Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it's still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is an interesting idea that I wish they had done more with.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Because the film that this broadside of brass describes is ultimately, seriously, "Duuuumb!"
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    Charles BramescoLittle White Lies
    This film draws its strength in part from its willingness to be a more humbly scaled operation than the tentpoles weighted down by mandates for billion-dollar grosses.
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    Helen O'HaraTime Out
    It leans heavily on jump scares and creeps before engaging with its premise, but when it does it's as chilling as Superman's freezing breath.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    A cure for superhero movie fatigue, this lean, gory horror film...has a coherent narrative and pays off with a bang.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    If the filmmakers had a modicum of curiosity about the implications of their own idea, the movie might have had something interesting to say.
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    Norman GidneyHorrorBuzz
    A predictable yet entertaining, gleefully bloody exploration of evil finding its way in the world.
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    Federico FurzanCinelipsis
    Maybe it has many issues, but Brightburn is exactly what horror fans ask for in this era of 'superhero infested multiplexes'. [Full review in Spanish].
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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    Brightburn is an intelligently made thriller whose director, David Yarovesky, knows how to draw out dread with silence and turn it up to 11 only when necessary.
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    Tessa SmithMama's Geeky
    Full of gore, crazy deaths, and jump scares! Brightburn is absolutely brilliant. And that ending... a must watch for horror fans!
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