Dark Phoenix

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Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc -- with deeply disappointing results.



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Verified Ratings: 15,443
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In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.


James McAvoy
as Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender
as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
as Raven / Mystique
Nicholas Hoult
as Hank McCoy / Beast
Sophie Turner
as Jean Grey / Phoenix
Tye Sheridan
as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Alexandra Shipp
as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Evan Peters
as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
Olivia Munn
as Psylocke
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Critic Reviews for Dark Phoenix

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  • The movie's weaknesses make more glaring the movie's hollowness where the storyline's feminism once was.

    Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Stephanie Burt

    Top Critic
  • A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force.

    Jun 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It didn't have to end this way...It didn't have to end with so little emotion, so little meaning - with a sad little speech about evolving, for Phoenix's sake.

    Jun 8, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • If future filmmakers can learn these lessons from the travesty of "Dark Phoenix," it won't have been a total waste.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The final battle takes place aboard a moving train that feels like it's headed nowhere. At this point, it's a perfect metaphor for the "X-Men" series.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • It's either an origin story or a series finale, but it's definitely a low point in the "X-Men" franchise.

    Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Phoenix

  • Sep 25, 2019
    With the exception of some well staged action sequences, the movie has almost nothing to offer and the excessively dour tone guarantees that fun will be had by absolutely no one.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2019
    The X-Men franchise comes to an end with Dark Phoenix, a thrilling sci-fi adventure. During a mission to rescue the crew of a space shuttle Jean Grey absorbs a strange energy cloud that causes her to lose control of her powers and become a danger to those around her; meanwhile an alien race called the D'Bari tracks the energy to Earth and attempts extract it from Jean. Writer/director Simon Kinberg does some interesting things with the characters, but breaks from the established series continuity (which is rather irritating). Also, the plot is rushed and doesn't spend any time explaining who the aliens are. And Jessica Chastain is criminally underused. Still, the special effects are especially well-done, and the fight scenes are exciting and action-packed. While it has some problems, Dark Phoenix is an entertaining film that unfortunately brings an end to the Fox chapter of this franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2019
    I don't know if Dark Phoenix is the worst entry in the X-Men franchise. I feel like I remember being much more angry walking out of Last Stand than this one. Dark Phoenix didn't really make me "angry"... It didn't make me feel anything I guess. But there was just nothing I liked about this. Like, Apocalypse was a bad movie, absolutely, but I really enjoyed that bit in the middle where the young X-Men got to the shopping centre together. That elevated it for me, even if it didn't stop it being a bad movie. Dark Phoenix has no such moment. Nothing I liked.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2019
    This movie is an absolute mess. This is one of the most iconic stories in Marvel history and they don't respect it in the slightest. Instead of making it about sacrifice , responsibility, death and rebirth, they make it about feminism. how progressive of you fox. Taking the liberty of modern social issues and gender politics and completely degrading the tightly written literature that therein the Phoenix Saga! Despicable. They do not delve into the lore, The Pheonix Force, what is is, how it works, or anything.. No Shi'ar empire, No Hellfire Club, No Cyclops leading the team... nothing.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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