Excerpt: The most interesting thing about VENOM is Eddie’s phone. It survives punishing battle and a prolonged dip in San Francisco Bay without ill effect. A film about its exploits, now that’s a superhero flick that I could have gotten behind.
Excerpt: The film is a mostly dull mess, but depending on your mood, and the nonsense you’re willing to sit through, Venom can be a really good time for that middle chunk where Tom Hardy gets to really play with the material.
Excerpt: In their first solo outing, Ruben Fleischer and company reimagine archvillain Venom and his host Eddie Brock as an anti-hero vigilante in Venom (2018), but the end result is a sadly uninspiring and tone-deaf spectacle barely saved by the dazzling visuals and Tom Hardy’s performance.
Excerpt: A dull, dated comic-book clunker that is somehow even smaller and lesser than the sum of its noisy, junky, clichéd bits. So perfunctory that it saps even its excellent cast of all their charisma.
Excerpt: “Venom” is an odd organism of a film that seems ready to take the plunge with an impishly demented vision and only sometimes embraces its premise involving a sentient alien creature with a diet consisting of tater tots and human organs.
Excerpt: Superhero fatigue hasn’t quite taken hold yet, but films like this won’t do the genre any favors. The film stars Tom Hardy as the popular anti-hero “Venom” as he tries to stop other symbiotes from killing all life on the planet.