The first reviews for M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” are in and sadly the consensus seems to be it’s a disappointment. With thirty reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, the film sits at a 37% score and 5/10 rating. That’s far behind 2000’s “Unbreakable” (69%) and 2016’s “Split” (76%) with “Glass” serving as the trilogy capper.
Reviews indicate the film has moments of Shyamalan greatness, and a very committed performance by James McAvoy, but for the most part is muddled, poorly paced and spells things out far too much. Here’s a sample of reviews:
“For all of the endless blather about how comic books have the power to reveal all of our secret identities – one of Jackson’s pronouncements about the power of narrative tropes veers close to making “Glass” feel like the “Life Itself” of superhero movies.” – David Ehrlich, indieWire
“Though satisfying enough to work at the multiplex, it doesn’t erase memories of the ways that even movies before the abjectly awful After Earth and The Last Airbender made us wary of the words “a film by M. Night Shyamalan.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“On a purely practical level, Glass is drawn-out and disjointed, with disparate plot threads (some of them leading to, yes, a perfunctory rug pull) that seem dictated more by its stars’ availability than narrative cohesion.” – Sam Adams, Slate
“The Sixth Sense, still his only great film, is also a therapy psychodrama, but whereas that ghost story reckoned with bedrock matters of loss and child abuse, Glass assumes that we’re all going to lean in at dialogue about comic books.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
“Tying various loose threads together, Shyamalan can’t restrain himself from adding more. The result’s a lumpy tangle, and the trilogy’s weakest instalment.” – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Glass” opens in cinemas on January 18th.