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Midnight Special (2016)

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Jeff Nichols

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About the Movie

A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy's special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 213
  • Fresh: 177
  • Rotten: 36
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Apr 26, 2016

Fresh: 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. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Apr 8, 2016

Rotten: The heavens keep splitting to deliver forked tinsel masquerading as sci-fi lightning. – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Dec 28, 2016

Fresh: A clever blending of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, ET and The Day the Earth Stood Still...writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) weaves the piece together with a deft balance of tension and wonderment. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, May 14, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Expectations were low going in…BUT

I was genuinely astounded when I saw this film, there were beautiful moments of family and togetherness that made me want to hug my family when I got home.

Singular Vision in American Cinema

With Midnight Special Jeff Nichols becomes one of the most interesting film makers on the current movie scene. I have enjoyed all of his films since Shotgun Stories. Mud was my prior favorite but with Take Shelter and now Midnight Special it becomes difficult to pick a fav. This film is a nice companion film to Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar in that they both somewhat deal with the same theme: love and the physics of time and dimensional space, yeah sounds weird but Nichols makes it all so interesting and captivating. Defiantly going in to my library.


I went to see this movie with very low expectations. It was a very typical Independent movie as far as pacing goes, slow, moments of silence, at times your not sure what is going on, character development does not reveal itself easily until the end and honestly... I expected this much. But, what I did not expect was such a solid storyline, clever twists, great acting, a wonderful science fiction story with a few surprises, plus what seemed to be an unrealistic (in most movies) ending that was actually done in a way that was totally believable, I would not have had it end any other way to be honest. This is a movie to see several times. Loved it.

Midnight Special (2016)
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2016

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