Venom

Venom

Venom

Tom Hardy is the enigmatic, complex Marvel character Venom in this Spider-Man spin-off co-starring Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed.

While investigating Carlton Drake (Ahmed), the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation, journalist Eddie Brock's (Hardy) body merges with the alien Venom, leaving him with superhuman strength. Fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

2018Rating: 16, H L V112 minsUSA
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Venom / Reviews

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

The advertising tagline for the chronically dull and odious Venom reads: "The world has enough superheroes." Thus implying the panacea for Hollywood's over-supply of smug do-gooders is this film's protagonist: an egomaniacal ‘gotcha!’ TV journalist with a voice inside his head belonging to an alien parasite. An instance if ever there was one of the remedy being worse than the poison.

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Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

This is what a series of bad decisions stretched out over a very long development history looks like. Venom wants to be a darkly comedic body-horror and a compelling anti-hero comic book caper. It also tries to shock life back into Sony's sub-Marvel mini-verse, which seemingly died along with the Amazing Spider-Man films. It only succeeds in being a supremely average film that mostly frustrates and baffles rather than thrills.

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Variety

Variety

"Venom" is a textbook case of a comic-book film that's unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura.

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Total Film

Total Film

Fleischer made a better comedy-horror with Zombieland, but Venom's a decent buddy actioner. You might even laugh your head off...

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Time Out

Time Out

Why can't the movie make Venom properly dirty? The PG-13 rating seriously hurts.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Venom is riddled with the poison of dullness.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"Venom" feels like pretty weak poison.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A significant problem in a film full of them is that Eddie comes off as a dope, an eager dufus hardly convincing as a boundary-pushing journo or someone who can out-think a titan of technology.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Venom is neither triumph nor train-wreck. It's a mediocre origin story, a superhero host that sadly fails to bond with its comedy parasite.

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