Venom

Last updated date: June 14, 2019

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6.7

Venom

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Venom placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Tom Hardy stars as the lethal protector and anti-hero Venom - one of Marvel's most enigmatic and complex characters.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

5.6
16 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
6,804 user reviews

What experts liked

That’s really too bad, though, because Venom is almost two hours of gloriously loony, thoroughly entertaining fun
- Digital Trends
Venom has clear intentions to be a buddy comedy set within a superhero universe and, for the most part, the relationship between Eddie and Venom is the most successful aspect of the film.
- Screen Rant
October 5, 2018 | Full review
It really comes into its own with flashes of a demented buddy movie, as symbiote and host battle for control. Brock is confused and confounded by his new inner monologue and its overwhelming urge to bite people's heads off
- CNET
October 6, 2018 | Full review
The movie works best as the latter. Eddie and Venom share some on-screen chemistry in addition to bodily biology. And that's when the movie can feel a teensy-weensy bit fun.
- Plugged In
The special-effects work is sporadically impressive, and the symbiote, in general, looks great.
- Cinema Blend
The first act is a total snooze until Venom makes an appearance, but things liven up once Eddie begins exhibiting some very strange symptoms.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 3, 2018 | Full review
Yet, against all odds, the movie actually ends on a high note. Once the logistics of getting Venom and Eddie to work together are out of the way, they come to a compromise, in turn making the prospect of future Venom projects enthralling.
- Techno Buffalo
October 4, 2018 | Full review
But once again, on a more intimate level, the playful connection between Eddie and Venom can be enjoyable.
- Roger Ebert
October 5, 2018 | Full review
Hardy isn’t known for comedy, but this strongly physical performance has a rambunctious energy — it’s as if Looney Tunes’ Tasmanian Devil came to life —and there’s pleasure in watching this very serious actor go unhinged.
- Screen Daily
October 3, 2018 | Full review
But instead of making him frightening, the film quickly establishes that Venom is a cartoonish knucklehead who poses no threat to Eddie or his friends.
- BBC
October 3, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

It’s a train wreck of a movie, mixing and matching wildly dissonant tones, bizarre plot contrivances, and a truly unique lead performance.
- The Verge
October 5, 2018 | Full review
The reason Venom falls apart isn't poor direction or bad acting, it's that all the things it is seem to be at odds with each other.
- Wired
That’s not to suggest that Venom couldn’t have been improved by adding a few more severed limbs and gory encounters — only that the film doesn’t feel like it suffers for the lack of those elements.
- Digital Trends
Where the movie is the most confused, perhaps, is between the performances of Hardy and Ahmed. There is certainly meant to be a fundamental difference between Eddie and Drake - one is a man of the people journalist, while the other is a smooth-talking grandiose businessman/scientist.
- Screen Rant
October 5, 2018 | Full review
I can't hear you ... Anyway, there's an awful lot of setup, all of it deeply formulaic, detailing how Brock is brought low. It seems to take forever to get to the fun part, which occurs when Venom forms a co-dependent relationship with Brock.
- CNET
October 6, 2018 | Full review
The movie, perhaps like Venom itself, seems a little confused about its goals.
- Plugged In
The whole movie disappoints, actually, including the mid-credits tease for a sequel that won't ever happen.
- Cinema Blend
Perhaps the most disappointing part of Venom is all of its untapped potential; it’s easy to imagine an actor of Hardy’s caliber seamlessly sliding into the MCU, and at the very least, he has enough fun with the role that you can’t help but want to see him face off with Tom Holland’s wide-eyed Spider-Man.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 3, 2018 | Full review
Venom as a whole is a tonal mess, because it never settles on one thing, shifting suddenly and clumsily.
- Techno Buffalo
October 4, 2018 | Full review
The storytelling here is blunt, but what’s even more surprising is the lack of chemistry between Hardy and Williams, two of the most charismatic actors on the planet.
- Empire
October 3, 2018 | Full review
But as the film’s action set pieces grow larger in scale—including one particularly exciting motorcycle chase through the streets of San Francisco—they increasingly fail to connect emotionally and visually.
- Roger Ebert
October 5, 2018 | Full review
That’s also a fair description of this puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel that Marvel has released instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had the right to expect.
- Rolling Stone
As for the supporting cast, Ahmed is a disappointingly dull tech villain, and despite a few humorous moments as Eddie’s beleaguered ex, Williams doesn’t have much to do.
- Screen Daily
October 3, 2018 | Full review
Perhaps Ahmed’s favourite scenes were edited out, too. He acts as if he is bored by his bland character, who seems less like a charismatic megalomaniac than a sidekick who’s there to do the megalomaniac’s bidding.
- BBC
October 3, 2018 | Full review
A significant problem in a film full of them is that Eddie comes off as a dope, an eager doofus hardly convincing as a boundary-pushing journo or someone who can out-think a titan of technology.
- The Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2018 | Full review

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Overall Score: 8.9
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2. Top Gun

Overall Score: 8.6
Deadpool 2

3. Deadpool 2

Overall Score: 8.5
Iron Man 2

4. Iron Man 2

Overall Score: 8.3
The Shawshank Redemption

5. The Shawshank Redemption

Overall Score: 8.2
I Can Only Imagine

7. I Can Only Imagine

Overall Score: 8.1
Venom

9. Venom

Overall Score: 6.7
The Da Vinci Code

10. The Da Vinci Code

Overall Score: 5.8

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