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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (12A)

Fantasy, Adventure, Action

US fantasy action adventure in which the team is threatened when one of them unwittingly becomes the host for an alien energy force.

The critical consensus

The point of a phoenix, dark or otherwise, is that it rises from the flames. But these are the flames in which this franchise has finally gone down.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/06/2019

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.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 05/06/2019

The latest entry into the superhero canon has no emotional depth whatsoever.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/06/2019

Despite mostly sparky cast-work, the Phoenix never quite rises as hoped in Kinberg’s affectionate but often perfunctory X-Men send-off.

**(*)(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 05/06/2019

Doesn’t quite go down in flames, just fizzles out.

Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies, 05/06/2019

Sophie Turner is at the fore of an initially fantastic but ultimately frustrating series closer from Simon Kinberg.

***(*)(*)Demetrios Matheou, The List, 05/06/2019

Writer-producer-director Simon Kinberg botches it big time.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 09/06/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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