Dark Phoenix: Rotten Tomatoes score paints a grim picture


What are the Rotten Tomatoes scores for Dark Phoenix?

The long, convoluted history of the X-Men film franchise is coming to a close with Dark Phoenix, the second cinematic adaptation of the 1976-80 “Dark Phoenix Saga” written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne.

The first adaptation was 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which, while not perfect, earned a Rotten Tomatoes score of 58 percent.

Dark Phoenix’s Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 21 percent as of this writing, based on 78 reviews.

This is by far the lowest score of any of the 14 X-Men films, even worse than 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse (47 percent) and 2009’s X-Men: Origins – Wolverine (37 percent), which was considered so bad it forced an entire reboot of the franchise.

At this point, it also looks like one of the lowest ratings for the entire 2019 year so far, ahead of only the Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson film The Hustle (16 percent).

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Based on these early critic scores, it will be interesting to see what the audience score. In addition, Rotten Tomatoes recently overhauled its rating system after the numerous trolling attempts to sabotage the success of Captain Marvel, so that could definitely play a role in what that score will be.

Also, the film’s entire ending was reshot due to similarities to other comic book releases, which doesn’t bode well. Neither does the fact that its release date was shoved back from November 2018 amidst the confusion surrounding the Fox-Disney merger, which was completed several months ago.

And given that the director wanted to push the boundaries of the PG-13 rating in both the scope of violence onscreen and the language allowed, that might push away potential audiences ,as well.

Dark Phoenix isn’t faring quite so poorly on IMDb, currently holding a 6.2 rating out of 10 based on 946 reviews.

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The film stars Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey/Phoenix, James McAvoy (Split) as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) as Mystique, Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) as Scott Summers/Cyclops and Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien) as Hank McCoy/Beast.

Dark Phoenix releases to theaters on Friday, June 7.