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The Darkest Minds (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Darkest Minds does little to differentiate itself in a crowded field of YA adaptations, leaving all but the least demanding viewers feeling dystopian déjà vu.

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When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

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Amandla Stenberg
as Ruby, Ruby Daly
Bradley Whitford
as President Gray
Patrick Gibson
as Clancy Gray
Wallace Langham
as Dr. Viceroy
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Critic Reviews for The Darkest Minds

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (34)

To say the film suggests a mix of hazy political allegory and Henry Darger's outside-art classic The Story of the Vivian Girls is to make it sound more interesting than it really is.

March 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The Darkest Minds puts an X-Men spin on the typical 'teens in dystopia' YA formula, but the result is more derivative than creative.

August 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is framed so deliberately as a prelude to more exciting times to come in its sequels that it renders the ending oddly anti-climactic.

August 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This hopeless adaptation of some book you've never heard of breaks new ground in its determination not to surprise.

August 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film shares far too many tropes with other YA sci-fi properties - The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent - to make a mark in the unforgiving post-apocalyptic wasteland of the adolescent market.

August 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

None of it is new, none of it is interesting and the storytelling is tissue-paper thin.

August 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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Really bad, the kind of thing that probably at least would have been commercially succesful about five years ago, but now? Ends up not only a box office lightweight, but also a failure of a story.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


In a scene meant to show how self-aware it is, The Darkest Minds instead reiterates just how derivative it is of every other YA-spawned franchise that has come before it and in turn, how mundane it is by comparison. I mean, itï¿ 1/2(TM)s fine. And it proves that sometimes the destination can be better than the journey as the final moments pack more genuine emotion and heart than the entire movie up until that point. So, itï¿ 1/2(TM)s kinda completely whack, but at the same time makes the best of this combination of elements that youï¿ 1/2(TM)ve seen countless times before. I wonï¿ 1/2(TM)t remember it in two weeks, but hey-I was never bored. Take what you can get.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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