Midnight Special
Midnight Special (2016)

Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst star in writer/director Jeff Nichols' drama about a father and his eight-year-old son who go on the lam upon discovering that the boy possesses mysterious powers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 18, 2016
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2016
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Midnight Special's intriguing mysteries may not resolve themselves to every viewer's liking, but the journey is ambitious, entertaining, and terrifically acted.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Riffing on John Carpenter's Starman, writer-director Jeff Nichols has crafted a sci-fi chase film whose gravely naturalistic style adds to its sense of portent.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It all sounds terribly murky, but few filmmakers are as gifted at making you want to peer through the murk.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

It's undeniably well made, but its growing resemblance to ET was just too silly for me.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Nichols has earned the right to take big leaps. Even if he doesn't stick the landing, it's a thrill watching him try. He, too, is something special.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

What started with a gripping premise slackens and goes limp.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

Nichols has yet to make a bad movie, and Midnight Special is not only within his usual style of excellence-despite that semi-wonky ending-it's also his most accessible film to date.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

You watch helplessly as the movie goes off the rails, the suspense and excitement leaking out of the enormous tension the early scenes had generated.

Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

The movie has its flaws, but it is nonetheless an intriguing sci-fi entry and an engaging story about family.

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

Nichols builds expectations only to frustrate them. A little of that is okay, but there's a fine line between ambiguity and obscurity, and he comes up on the wrong side.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
After making his name with three independent films in Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud, director Jeff Nichols approaches his fourth feature with a bigger… More
Nate Zoebl
Jeff Nichols should already be a household name after Mud and Take Shelter, and with his new movie Midnight Special, the man has done nothing to break his… More
Drake Tsui
Midnight Special has all the makings of a great film but can just as easily be written off as pretentious dribble. An amazing cast, sensible script and… More
KJ Proulx
If you like slow-paced films that build to something very interesting, then do yourself a favour and check out "Midnight Special." This film is a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Top cast deliver the tension in this taut little on-the-lam-from-the-federales chase piece. Too bad the payoff is lame-o.
Mark Hobin
Less is more. If you were to boil Midnight Special down to its very essence, it's essentially a chase movie. But there is beauty in simplicity. Nichols has… More