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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: 207
  • Fresh: 173
  • Rotten: 34
  • 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

Excellent movie. It will be a classic.

The beauty of the film lies in simplicity of the story telling, the acting, and direction. So very worth while.


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.

No science, no story, no point

I hardly ever write reviews, but I paid my $15 and someone's gonna hear my opinion.

First, this is not scifi; there wasn't a gram of science anywhere. Every single unexplained thing that happened remained unexplained. Second, it's not even a story. It's more like this happened, and this, and then this, and then we’re done. Even the crazy religious nuts were unexplained.

What this is is cheap writing. When you write a bad story, the way to hide it is: to hide it. Don't tell your audience what's going on. Hide the fact that there's no story. Confuse them with some action, and some cryptic dialog, just hide it as long as you can. And MAYBE they’ll watch to the end. Hah! Fooled you! Move along, nothing to see here.

There should be a law that the writer and director of a movie CANNOT be the same person. They just always turn out boring. Cause the director can't turn to the writer and say, "This makes no sense." That's an essential role of a good director. Which this show missed altogether.

So we get to the end of this anti-story, and the ONE question that everyone wants answered at the end of a good scifi story is: why? But the answer here is: who cares?

And most importantly: what the heck did that "date" and "place" have to do with ANYTHING? Anyone ever here of a McGuffin? Without that meaningless "date" and "place" the "story" would have ended before it ever started. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Midnight Special (2016)
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2016

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