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Midnight Special

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A man (Michael Shannon) and his eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher), a young boy who possesses special powers, must run away from the government and a cult.
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Seven Days
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January 01, 2017

The southern landscapes give Midnight Special a down-home realness that compensates for the hot air of its high-concept plot.
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Film Inquiry
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February 22, 2017

Part sci-fi, part chase film, yet mostly a story about an unusual father-son relationship, Midnight Special is a one-of-a-kind experience.
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Miami Herald
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April 07, 2016

You watch helplessly as the movie goes off the rails, the suspense and excitement leaking out of the enormous tension the early scenes had generated.
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Financial Times
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December 28, 2016

The heavens keep splitting to deliver forked tinsel masquerading as sci-fi lightning.
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Boston Globe
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April 01, 2016

It all sounds terribly murky, but few filmmakers are as gifted at making you want to peer through the murk.
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Graffiti With Punctuation
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April 18, 2017

About a month after seeing James Mangold's wonderful and moving "Logan" I was scrolling through the Netflix queue and stumbled upon a film that shares the same ethos; to project fantastical superhuman abilities through a very human lens.
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Chicago Reader
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April 26, 2016

Riffing on John Carpenter's Starman, writer-director Jeff Nichols has crafted a sci-fi chase film whose gravely naturalistic style adds to its sense of portent.
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Film Ireland Magazine
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January 03, 2017

While this film isn't great in and of itself, it does still manage to impress, and more importantly, it works as a sign of Nichols' potential.
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Globe and Mail
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April 01, 2016

What started with a gripping premise slackens and goes limp.
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Washington City Paper
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January 02, 2017

Whenever Alton interacts with anyone besides his parents, Lieberher's attempt to appear as if from another, more developed plane is more often flat and borderline silly than foreboding.
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Detroit News
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April 08, 2016

Nichols has earned the right to take big leaps. Even if he doesn't stick the landing, it's a thrill watching him try. He, too, is something special.
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Toronto Sun
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March 31, 2016

The movie has its flaws, but it is nonetheless an intriguing sci-fi entry and an engaging story about family.
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