Dark Phoenix receives lowest Tomatometer of the X-Men films

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Dark Phoenix is coming to theaters this weekend, and the first wave of reviews are out. What are the critics saying? One is saying that the film is “B-movie bad. Innately hilarious.” Many of the critics are slamming the movie, and they are not keen on Simon Kinberg’s revisit to the Dark Phoenix saga. At the time of this writing, the film has a Tomatometer of 21%, with many critics giving it the worst review in the franchise. That’s lower than X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s 37%, X-Men: The Last Stand‘s 58%, and X-Men: Apocalypse‘s 47%.

What’s interesting is that Fox had the review and social media embargo left late last night at 10 p.m. PST. Our very own Mark Pacis had this to say in his review, “Is Dark Phoenix the film that X-Men fans have been waiting for? Nope!” As for me, I thought nothing could top X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins – Wolverine as the worst X-men films, but this one takes the cake. (The others are still bad, but I can tolerate Hugh Jackman in a bad project.)

“It’s B-movie bad. Innately hilarious,” wrote Kevin Maher of Times UK. “If only someone had told the film-makers.”

Jennifer Heaton of Alternative Lens wrote, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix is an unmitigated disaster of a final entry to a tumultuous franchise that somehow laps The Last Stand’s dire attempt at the storyline.”

“Dark Phoenix has a loose narrative with a predictable plot and cardboard villain,” wrote Julian Roman of MovieWeb. “Simon Kinberg’s second effort is better than X-Men: The Last Stand, but the bar is admittedly low.”

“You could just tell that everyone was over it,” said Jeramy Jahns. “The actors were over it, the studio was over it… I feel like this movie was just a big waste of time.”

Kaitlyn Booth of Bleeding Cool wrote, “Dark Phoenix is the swan song of this version of the X-Men and it’s a such a shame that a series that helped kick off the superhero boom is ending in such an utterly inconsequential movie.”

“Dark Phoenix is not the conclusion fans of the X-Men franchise might have been hoping for and it doesn’t make much of an effort to be,” wrote Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com.

Dark Phoenix synopsis: This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.

The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7, 2019.


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