The first Venom reactions are in and there are many that are far from complimentary. Some early reviews go so far as to call Venom a “complete failure.” This can’t be great news for Sony Pictures, which sunk $100 million in the film and hired big-name actors including Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Riz Ahmed.
On Monday, Venom debuted at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. While complete reviews of the anti-hero movie won’t publish until Tuesday night at 7 p.m. PT, there have been reactions to the initial screening on Twitter and some are absolutely brutal. One reviewer compares the Tom Hardy flick to one of the worst-rated comic book movies of all-time. “Catwoman-level bad,” the review states referencing the 2004 Halle Berry superhero film that received 9 percent on the Tomatometer and 27 percent on Metacritic.
Other reviews claim that the movie about the notorious alien symbiote feels old, in a negative way. Reviews say the film is less developed, less nuanced than the recent crop of superhero films that have done well at the box office and with critics. Some reviewers even warn moviegoers to cancel their plans to see Venom.
Not all of the first reviews are bad. Many reviewers had nice things to say about Hardy’s performance as Eddie Brock.
But it didn’t help that Hardy said the best parts of the movie were cut out. In an interview with ComicsExplained, Hardy was asked, “What was your favorite scene to film?” Hardy replied, “They’re scenes that aren’t in this movie. There are like 30 to 40 minutes worth of scenes that aren’t in this movie… all of them. Mad puppeteering scenes, dark comedy scenes. You know what I mean? They just never made it in.”
On the bright side, fans are excited to see Venom. Of Rotten Tomatoes users, 96 percent want to see Venom.
Hardy is signed on to two more Venom movies so this is just the first chapter of the trilogy and there is always room for improvement on any trilogy. Venom opens in theaters on Friday.
Here are clips and the trailers from Venom so you can decide for yourself if you want to check it out.