The reviews for “Dark Phoenix,” the fourth film of the “X-Men: First Class” era and the last of Fox’s major “X-Men” movies after nearly two decades, have arrived and paint a pretty terrible picture.
With 68 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has racked up a 21% score and 4.56/10 average rating. That’s the worst score of the entire franchise to date – even worse than “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “X-Men: The Last Stand”. Here’s some quotes:
“What’s truly amazing about “Dark Phoenix” is watching the charismatic, award-winning, star-packed cast flail about in this poorly written nonsense cartoon.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
“In a strange way, it might have been preferable if this was the most embarrassing film in the series, since at least then there’d be a reason to remember it.” – William Bibbiani, The Wrap
“It’s not a disaster, but fans of this groundbreaking series deserve a better send-off than this mediocre ‘X-Men: Remakes Of Movies Past” sequel.” – Scott Mendelson, Forbes
“If this is indeed the final iteration of these characters before being absorbed into Disney’s MCU juggernauts, then perhaps it’s fitting that they go out on a somewhat exhausted note.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International
“It’s not nearly as good as ‘Logan’ or ‘X2’, but it’s a whole lot better than the eyeball-poking affliction that was ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.” – Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
“A limp, muddled adaptation of ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ shows that the X-Men franchise desperately needs fresh blood.” – Matt Goldberg, Collider
“There’s not a lot of subtext, humor or wasted energy in Dark Phoenix, just a straight-ahead thrill ride about one of the most storied arcs in comic book history.” – Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap
“Dark Phoenix simply sits there, patiently killing… time, with the hope that spectacle and an ensemble cast is enough to carry the load of its dreadfully thin script.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate
The reviews come as the film’s stars have indicated much of the film’s third act was reshot due to its similarities to a superhero movie with the best guess being “Captain Marvel,” a move that worked as the reviews have praised the third act as one of the film’s best bits.
Check out some new TV spots and clips below, the film opens this Friday everywher and is tracking for a $50 million opening weekend: