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The Midnight Sky Reviews

January 12, 2021
The Midnight Sky shines with Clooney's deep and abiding belief in the human condition, in compassion, in ... "redemption" is the wrong word, too Catholic. Rather, in connection, even if it is brief, even if it is seemingly one-sided.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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January 5, 2021
The two-hour running time seems like two years as it drags on indefinitely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 29, 2020
This is an odd movie overall. The pacing is slow - in the space sequences I started wishing for Darth Vader to turn up - and the music, by dual Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, is overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2020
The Midnight Sky is a good example of a movie that sells itself short by trying to be one thing -- serious, heavy, emotional -- when, by all available indicators, it should be more of a thriller, or more ridiculous, or at the very least more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 28, 2020
A beyond-bleak post-apocalyptic thriller, the sci-fi film reaches a reasonably satisfying finish, but follows an uneven orbit in getting there.
December 25, 2020
George Clooney stars in this space parable that starts out well, then goes adrift. I felt like I'd seen it before, such is the familiarity of its plot points and its most ambitious action scenes
December 24, 2020
But my heartstrings were still tugged, and even if the contrivances required to bring things to a conclusion are a little obnoxious, I can't work up the energy to get bent out of shape about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2020
It may seem appropriate that a space epic is short on atmosphere (sorry), but that pun doesn't help sustain attention during the uninteresting crises and unsurprising traumas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 23, 2020
Clooney, who directs here, generates neither pulse nor point. His film has some visual flair, but too few emotionally engaging moments. "The Midnight Sky" is mostly a dull affair.
December 23, 2020
The Midnight Sky looks beautiful... But once the stakes are established, the film struggles to fill the rest of its time.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 23, 2020
The sleek sci-fi visuals occasionally elevate it, although more often it's just a bit of a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 23, 2020
At its best, the film shimmers with a thoughtful, poetic moodiness. At its worst, it's pretty damn slow.
December 23, 2020
Clooney's space drama looks lovely but lacks drama and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 22, 2020
The film's themes of extinction and survival are worthy of thoughtful treatment, something that eludes the ambitious movie as it succumbs to a schematic and sentimental telling that overreaches for a grand gesture and obscures the more meaningful ideas.
December 22, 2020
If it were just half as slow, "Midnight Sky" would be half as long and twice as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2020
You want your money back, but it's on Netflix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2020
"The Midnight Sky" unfolds across several timelines, yet none of them register on a human or a basic storytelling level. It's like the apocalypse arrived and nobody bothered to put up a fight.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 22, 2020
In making this film, Clooney has accomplished something rare and unusual in today's cinema - an epic science fiction motion picture that focuses on characters and ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2020
It's a carefully balanced movie that gives as much time to human connections, loss, regrets and hope in the small moments as it does to what we reveal of ourselves when survival is at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2020
The film's conclusions are simple, but worthy of the drama: life carries on if it can, and thus ideally so does some sense of ourselves, whatever meager or profound contribution we made to the world - or beyond.
December 18, 2020
Slyly, and by misdirection that cleverly conceals its true intent until the poignant end, it reveals itself to be a story of regret over a lost opportunity for connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2020
Again, it's not a bad film. And Clooney's hollowed-out performance - truly, he seems exhausted by life and disgusted by humanity, with a notable exception - is effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2020
There are also long inert drags in which we might as well be watching Clooney's enormous beard growing, in real time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2020
Heartfelt and beautifully acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2020
Moving and deeply melancholy post-apocalyptic sci-fi...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2020
It's visually stunning and ambitious, but narratively lacking... It lacks dramatic heft, but I appreciated the contemplative performance by George Clooney.
December 11, 2020
It lives or dies by how much you're invested in the characters and their arcs, but the characters are somewhat uneven. [Everyone] seems to get one personality trait.
December 11, 2020
All the actors excel at helping director-star Clooney turn this apocalyptic thriller into something more thoughtful than sci-fi flashy, especially a redemptive note of hope that speaks with heartfelt relevance to these pandemic times.
December 11, 2020
Clooney's been saved by the belly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2020
Mr. Clooney and his colleagues have crafted an elegant screen version of a novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton with a resonant performance at its center -- his own.
December 10, 2020
Visually it works... The Iceland scenes are so chilling that you emerge fearing frostbite. It's the human factor that fails to persuade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2020
Those themes are boiled down to a lot of meaningful looks on the part of the characters and ruminative extended sequences where nothing much seems to be happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2020
The film minimizes the tragedy of the human race's near-complete annihilation by positioning it as the backdrop for the world's most grandiose deadbeat-dad redemption arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 10, 2020
This is easily Clooney's finest hour behind the camera since "Good Night, and Good Luck" 15 years ago. And it's one of his finest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2020
It's a film that will satisfy every kind of fan - sci-fi, intimate drama, romantic and fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2020
A summing-up for a planet in trouble
December 9, 2020
You can go to space without kiddie issues. Can't you?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2020
The story may have links with today's reality, but it never feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2020
In the end, The Midnight Sky doesn't match Clooney's past directorial highs.
December 9, 2020
Audiences will find much of The Midnight Sky familiar, but that familiarity puts its original moments and ideas into sharp relief.
December 9, 2020
It looks good. It sounds great. It's as hollow as can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2020
Swinging between ice and space, Clooney has upped his directorial ambition and delivered a big-scale, big-hearted story, even if it struggles to match the films it riffs on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 9, 2020
As a storyteller, The Midnight Sky is an irritating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2020
It's almost a stranger movie than the filmmakers seem to realize, which gives it a bittersweet edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 9, 2020
A dystopian drama whose fluctuating tone - grim, with flickers of hopeful sentiment - feels almost comfortingly familiar, if a little on the nose for 2020.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 9, 2020
With its soulful Alexadre Desplat score and Martin Ruhe's lyrical cinematography as its guide, the movie unleashes a mostly welcome stream of sci-fi pastiche, tapping into the the fundamental appeal of its precedents.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 9, 2020
Even as someone liable to shed a tear over all Space Dad stories, up to and including Button Moon, I was left almost completely unmoved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2020
This quiet, meditative new film is emotionally involving from tense start to poignant finish.
December 9, 2020
It rockily bounces between survival thriller and familiar space drama until the story lines finally mesh. Still, Clooney manages to stick the emotionally wrenching landing without all the parts falling off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2020
A pretty dismal Sad Dad Space Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2020
Some viewers will surely be moved. To me, though, "The Midnight Sky" just proves that a movie that reaches for the stars can still come up empty-handed.
December 9, 2020
Floats blandly in the cosmos, becalmed between two separate storylines, apparently planetstruck with wonderment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5