X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been lampooned by critics and the box office has not been kind to it either. The latest entrant in the Marvel universe has the distinction of being the first X-Men not to open atop the box office.
The consensus is that the movie is “boring” with the plot, and character development coming in for heavy criticism, although the performances (particularly McAvoy and Turner) did receive some praise.
Many viewed the film as a disappointing and anticlimactic conclusion to the Fox X-Men series, and it is the worst-reviewed installment of the franchise, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Some of the critical reviews are below;
Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media wrote, ‘Turner is well-cast as Jean Grey, but she can’t elevate this serviceable but unremarkable final X-Men film into the pantheon of memorable series endings.’
Ian Freer of Empire wrote, ‘Better than Last Stand or Apocalypse but never hitting the heights of X2, Dark Phoenix thrives when its heroes are front and centre. If this is the end, it’s a solid rather than spectacular goodbye.’
Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost wrote, ‘Dark Phoenix wants you to believe that it is complex and challenging, but it is all fluff and does injustice to the ideas it represents.’
Rochell Pereira of BookMyShow wrote, ‘Dark Phoenix is packed with emotions, nostalgia for the fans of the series, twists and turns, a convincing plot, and lots of exhilarating action.’
Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal wrote, ‘The most surprising thing about the production, which was written and directed by Simon Kinberg, is how grindingly dumb it becomes after a promising start.’
Neil Soans of the Times of India wrote, ‘Despite good performances, ‘Dark Phoenix’ is a letdown for a number of reasons, least of all because the female characters in this film take prominence, and they deserve better.’
Molly Freeman of Screen Rant wrote, ‘Dark Phoenix provides an unsatisfying ending to the X-Men film franchise, with a storyline that’s neither character-driven nor well-developed.’
Manohla Dargis of The NYTimes said, ‘Dark Phoenix, the 12th installment in the X Men franchise, certainly tries to do right, but the strain shows. It has a female-driven story but odd ideas about empowerment.’