Tom Hardy’s latest movie, a standalone comic book flick about the sometime-supervillain and Spider-Man foil Venom, looks bad. Like, really really bad. What happened?
When a studio embargoes reviews on an upcoming film, it usually means that they know the final product is lousy and want to prevent negative reviews from tanking the box office. The movie is currently sitting at 28 percent “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s…not great.
Now that the critics are free to weigh in, the consensus among Venom reviews that, while Tom Hardy is great as usual, the movie itself is flawed.
“‘Venom’ is a textbook case of a comic-book film that’s unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura,” wrote Variety critic Owen Glieberman. Angie Han of Mashable wrote, “The first act of ‘Venom’ suggests we’re in for one of the worst films of 2018. Not in a fun way, mind you, but in that dull, dispiriting way where the lack of effort starts to feel like disrespect.”
Is Lady Gaga Partially to Blame?
If Venom fails at the box office, it might be because the early reviews are mixed at best. Or it might be because Lady Gaga’s loyal fans—who called themselves “Little Monsters”—are determined to have their queen dominate ticket sales. Gaga leads the new reboot of A Star Is Born opposite Bradley Cooper, which also premieres this weekend.
Honestly, there’s probably not a huge crossover between people who are excited to see Venom and those who have already bought their tickets to A Star Is Born.
Skip It or See It?
Despite the poor reviews, apparently the movie is kind of fun. Critics seemed almost confused, as if they couldn’t decide whether they were laughing AT the movie or WITH it. If you’re curious, I guess you’ll have to go see it yourself.