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Dark Phoenix Has Broken an Unwanted Rotten Tomatoes Record

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix marks the end of the current X-Men franchise and more specifically, Fox's 20-year run with the characters, as the fan-favorite Marvel Comics team is now under the umbrella of Marvel Studios. Unfortunately, as far as last hoorahs go, critics have dubbed this one pretty unsavory.

Currently sitting at 21% on the aggregate review site Rotten TomatoesDark Phoenix is the lowest-scoring X-Men film to date.

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The last attempt to tell the story of the much-loved "Dark Phoenix Saga" was 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, which currently sits at 58%. Said movie was maligned amongst critics and fans alike, causing it to be retconned out of existence with 2014's Days of Future Past. Even X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film the Deadpool franchise often riffs on, has a higher than Dark Phoenix, ranking in at 37%.

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"What's truly amazing about 'Dark Phoenix' is watching the charismatic, award-winning, star-packed cast flail about in this poorly written nonsense cartoon," writes one reviewer. "We've seen this all before," writes another.

Although the studio's embargo on reviews has been lifted and the critics' consensus is in, fan reviews have yet to hit. These reviews often differ greatly from critical reception, like with 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Just where on that scale Dark Phoenix will rank is a mystery for now.

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Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film arrives June 7.

 

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