Black Adam Review: Did Any Critics Give the Film a Good Review?

Despite Black Adam potentially being the spark that sets off a power shift in the DC Universe, Warner Bros.'s latest superhero film has received mostly negative reviews.

Critics' reactions to the new Dwayne Johnson movie, “Black Adam,” started rolling in this afternoon, and thus far the consensus among respected publications is lukewarm at best (32% approval on Rotten Tomatoes). Within the pool of reviewed and approved members of the site, the figure is 54%.

This would be the lowest score for a DC film since 2017's “Justice League,” which was just 23% approved by critics and so reviled by audiences that Warner Bros. commissioned a remade version, “Zack Snyder's Justice League,” set for release in 2021.

Here's all you need to know before tonight's debut of the long-awaited Middle-earth adventure.

Different Audiences' Reactions to the Film

Film writer Matt Singer of ScreenCrush said the movie was “quite average,” adding that it “plays like a committee-made product designed to zhoosh up the sluggish DC Extended Universe with a major star and a load of new heroes to spin off into future movies.”

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After sitting through the film's two hours of dull setup, viewers will know exactly where DC plans to take its cinematic franchises in the future, but they won't be very excited to watch any of these films.

While promoting “Black Adam,” Johnson dropped hints that the antihero would be facing tougher opponents down the line. Speculation about who Black Adam would fight in the end has been stoked by the release of YouTube videos of the film's post-credits scene.

He has expressed interest in doing more than just playing the lead part in DC Films.

David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, has stated that the studio is actively seeking a replacement for Kevin Feige as the next decade's overseer of Marvel's comic book movies, but that the future of the DC film slate remains a top strategic priority.

Alonso Duralde of The Wrap called the picture “anti-entertaining,” calling it “one of the most visually perplexing of the major-studio superhero sagas, between CG that's assaultively ugly and rapid-fire editing that sucks the excitement right out of every combat scene.”

How will Hollywood's most risk-averse movie star and Hollywood's most risk-averse movie genre fare against one another? starts off with David Ehrlich's negative review of the film on Indiewire. What did he say in reply? That which is typical or anticipated. Indeed, it's gotten even worse.”

Did Any Critics Give the Film a Good Review?

Peter Debruge, the leading film critic of Variety, gave the film a high review despite the fact that “the film's main purpose is to give Black Adam a suitably spectacular entrance on the premise that he'll be pitted against a more worthy enemy shortly.”

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A lot of reviewers didn't like the origin story, but they loved Johnson's turn. It's his first time playing a superhero, and given his buff physique and box office dominance, the character of “Black Adam” seems tailor-made for him.

“His gigantic girth, planet-sized skull, and subtle flair for deadpan humor all make him a terrific superhero,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian, calling Johnson “a great superhero.”

A reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, John Defore, lauded the actor for his commitment to “Black Adam,” writing, “his passion project serves the character well, setting him up for adventures one hopes will be less predictable than this one.”

To quote one critic: “not even the thrill of witnessing Johnson enter into a blockbuster template he appeared destined to dominate can make up for how bland, flavorless, and incomprehensible this is.” According to David Fear, senior editor and film reviewer for Rolling Stone.

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