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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Despite its radical potential, it's disappointing to see this story fall back on what's considered typical teen stuff.

August 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's a lot that's confusing or poorly set up. That's a script problem, but also a lack of emotional direction and momentum.

August 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.

August 3, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
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Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.

August 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's bittersweet conclusion is strong enough to provide real narrative impetus for the inevitable sequel.

August 3, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Darkest Minds" is in desperate need of a spark, any spark. References to "Watership Down" and "Harry Potter" only serve to show how far this film is from the classics it admires.

August 3, 2018 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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