Annihilation (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes


Annihilation (2018)



Critic Consensus: Annihilation backs up its sci-fi visual wonders and visceral genre thrills with an impressively ambitious -- and surprisingly strange -- exploration of challenging themes that should leave audiences pondering long after the end credits roll.

Annihilation Videos

Annihilation Photos

Movie Info

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).

Watch it now


Gina Rodriguez
as Anya Thorensen
Tessa Thompson
as Josie Radek
Tuva Novotny
as Cass Sheppard
Oscar Isaac
as Lena's husband
Josh Danford
as Shelley
Sonoya Mizuno
as Katie / Humanoid
View All

News & Interviews for Annihilation

Critic Reviews for Annihilation

All Critics (327) | Top Critics (75)

It's an exploration of the weight of our own mistakes. How the choices we make, and the things we can't change, fundamentally change us.

August 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Annihilation is a visceral sensory experience that chills the blood and makes the skin crawl (literally), leading to a bravura conclusion that would make Tarkovsky proud and any jaw drop.

August 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Absorbing and hypnotic, Annihilation is the best kind of sci-fi film - the kind that challenges and subverts the genre, all the while introducing new ideas that you'll see in films to come.

March 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's certain that the astonishing special effects would have worked better on a larger cinema screen, and it's a shame to lose their impact. But the dialogue is clunky and the plot disjointed.

March 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The more familiar aspects of Annihilation are enlivened by the entirely female dynamic, who seldom conform to simplistic group archetypes.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An exciting, imperfect genre success.

March 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Annihilation

Annihilation's underlying themes, innovative sci-fi scheme and strong performances from Portman and cast leave audiences befuddled yet mesmerized at the complexities and even the ambiguity of its conclusion. 3.9/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Alex Garland follows his excellent Ex Machina with another thought-provoking science-fiction film, this time to tackle issues like depression and self-destruction. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The aliens have invaded, only in this take they've only grabbed one small portion of land. The authorities send in small teams to investigate ("why not a larger force," I asked, to no response), only none return. We follow the latest team's trip inside enemy held land. I was hooked with the premise, curious why a team would be sent that was all female - there's a point, right? (answer: there's no point). What emerges from the dark of the dense foliage can be seen as alien-sided rationalization for the classic "invasion of the body snatchers' that's interesting, but unfortunately doesn't engage.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Annihilation Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features