Morbius (2022)

Morbius is a 2022 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Morbius, the Living Vampire, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the third film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

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Critic reviews for Morbius (2022)

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 16% based on 244 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. It ranks as the 17th worst-reviewed superhero movie on the site. Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 35 out of 100 based on 54 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”.

A monster movie with a little bite, “Morbius” is elevated by some spirited performances and director Daniel Espinosa’s sure hand with familiar comic-book material. Full Review

Tim Grierson – Screen International

If there is any justice in Hollywood, Morbius will be retconned to the margins of superhero cinema history. If the film doesn’t bury the genre alive first, that is. Full Review

Barry Hertz – Globe and Mail

The cinematic equivalent of Murphy’s Law is demonstrated by this appalling superhero snooze-fest. It’s a movie without dramatic jeopardy, originality, narrative coherence, compelling characters or a single even vaguely human performance. Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Kevin Maher – Times (UK)

Morbius does eventually become a cluttered slugfest, as all things must. But for much of its run it is a stylish, intriguingly toned story of a man trying to thwart mortality. Full Review

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

A misbegotten superhero/horror hybrid. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Katie Rife –

A bland, competent, and safe superhero adventure that seems destined to be forgotten before its end credits finish rolling. Full Review | Original Score: C-

Todd Gilchrist – AV Club

Mostly, the film occupies a strange no-mans-land of the sprawling Spider-Verse, not charming like the Spider-Man films, not funny like the Venom films, and certainly not technically impressive like the animated “Into the Spider-Verse.” Full Review | Original Score: C

Kate Erbland – indieWire

The entire movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, is generic — naggingly, almost jarringly so. You watch it and think, “This is what now passes for a new Marvel chapter?” Full Review

Owen Gleiberman – Variety

Is Morbius the worst Marvel movie ever made? In an alternate universe without The New Mutants, the answer would likely be yes. Full Review

David Fear – Rolling Stone

This movie isn’t terrible. Leto is good, the VFX work is slick, and there’s modest entertainment to be had here and there. But it seems unlikely to please crowds like Spider-Man: No Way Home. Full Review

Anna Smith – Deadline Hollywood Daily

Morbius is bad, yes, but its not even fun-bad, like the Venom movies; its just kind of depressing. Full Review | Original Score: D-

Jason Bailey – The Playlist

A second-tier MCU movie with some interesting performances and a few flashes of inspiration that unfortunately never goes deeper than superficial storytelling and grows increasingly tiresome over the relatively brief running time. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times

The viewer struggles to care. We’re also aware that there are many, many better vampire stories than Count Dreckula here. Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Johnny Oleksinski – New York Post

The Marvel superhero-vampire Morbius is with us. And sadly his superpower is being bafflingly dull. Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Peter Bradshaw – Guardian

Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless don’t seem particularly interested in the metaphor of mega-rich Milo seeing the rest of humanity as fuel for his sustenance, but then they don’t seem much interested in anything beyond the usual world-building. Full Review

Alonso Duralde – TheWrap

Rather than a fang-tastic time, Morbius is just a soul-sucking effort. Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Brian Truitt – USA Today

Rather than a fang-tastic time, Morbius is just a soul-sucking effort. Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Brian Truitt – USA Today

Leto certainly broods up a storm behind his veil of rock-star hair, but the movie has too little to distinguish it from the second-tier Marvel pack, ending up as more of the same Full Review

David Rooney – Hollywood Reporter

Logic and plot flow are generally treated like civilian casualties, but the movie, with its canny mix of whiz-bang violence, goth atmosphere, and high camp, feels pleasingly pulpy and urgent up until its last minutes. Full Review | Original Score: B

Leah Greenblatt – Entertainment Weekly

Morbius director Daniel Espinosa goes in the other direction. If it’s something you’ve seen before, like a rooftop battle, he’ll give you just enough and no more. But if it’s something new, something interesting between the characters, he lavishes time. Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Mick LaSalle – San Francisco Chronicle

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