Brightburn

critic Reviews

, 57% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Because the film that this broadside of brass describes is ultimately, seriously, "Duuuumb!"
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The final effect... is a disheartening vacuum. Having torn down a myth, it leaves little but a dropped mic in its wake.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    Director David Yarovesky does the fantasy stuff with flair. And the dafter the plot gets, the better the acting conjured from Elizabeth Banks as foster mom.
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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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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Much of the credit for the ways in which the film does succeed goes to the sublimely cast Jackson A. Dunn.
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    Tom BeasleyVultureHound
    Thanks to an impressive array of central performances and some memorable explosions of gore, it does limp across the finishing line with most of its goodwill in tact.
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    Murjani RawlsThe Pop Break
    Brightburn is more of a horror film that may appeal to those who are looking for something different than the conventional superhero box despite the issues that pop up.
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    Brightburn is the ultimate superhero 'What if...?' scenario, taking things to the furthest extremes.
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