Excerpt: Dark Phoenix is bogged down by the fact that everything it does has been done before in some capacity — and better — by other superhero movies, making this final installment an uninspiring watch.
Excerpt: A lazy treadmill of a sci-fi morality play that wastes a terrific cast. A numbingly dull game of mutant checkers that has no idea how to tell a woman’s story except filtered through the eyes of men.
Excerpt: Jean Grey is supposed to be beyond powerful, a rival to Professor Xavier in pure cerebral output, but she never does anything worth watching. Dark Phoenix is not unique in its failure to thrill fans with Jean Grey’s theatrics, it is merely another attempt to do so – and like all the rest – you’ll forget about it in a moment.
Excerpt: With this likely being the final film in the current X-Men universe, “Dark Phoenix” takes on its own ominous quality, a fatalistic appeal that strangely befits the series in its attempt to tackle the Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline that many felt weighed down the third film of the original trilogy.
Excerpt: While Kinberg obviously wants Jean to have the punishingly melancholic end Wolverine received in Logan, the film yearns for bow-tied binary carnage. There’s still enough to like, but hardly enough to leave fulfilled.
Excerpt: X-Men: Dark Phoenix is reasonably well-put together, and a seriously great original score by Hans Zimmer, with fittingly 80s synth vibes, is often enough to convince us the images we’re seeing have more resonance than the story gives them.