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Venom (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Venom's first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways - chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.

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Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.

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Cast

Tom Hardy
as Eddie Brock / Venom
Riz Ahmed
as Dr. Carlton Drake
Scott Haze
as Roland Treece
Reid Scott
as Patrick Mulligan
Sope Aluko
as Dr. Rosie Collins
Wayne Pére
as Dr. Emerson
Marcella Bragio
as Neighborhood Couple
Mac Brandt
as Jack the Bartender
Michelle Lee
as Donna Diego
Sam Medina
as Parolee
Gail Gamble
as Driver/Street Pedestrian
Donald K. Overstreet
as Operations Specialist
William W. Barbour
as Neighborhood Couple
Christian Convery
as Joey-8 Year Old Boy
Michelle Fang
as Tech Girl
Sailor Larocque
as Tater Tot Girl
Jane McNeill
as Restaurant Patron
Selena Anduze
as Bistro Manager
Otis Winston
as Chasing Guard
Laura Distin
as Restaurant Patron
Vickie Eng
as Donna Diego/Old Woman
Chris Ward
as San Francisco Pedestrian
Brandon Morales
as Officer #1
JB Tadena
as S.W.A.T. Officer 1
Etienne Vick
as Window Shopper
Al-Jaleel Knox
as Stoner Dude #2
Peggy Lu
as Mrs. Chen
Amy Le
as Villager
Patrick Brown
as Mercenary
Ellen Gerstein
as Mrs. Manfredi
Carter Burch
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Daniela Gaskie
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Khalid Ghajji
as Swat Team #9
Elizabeth Becka
as Restaurant Patron #2
Joseph Amey
as Street Pedestrian
Denney Pierce
as Merc Driver
Chris Stein
as Mission Control Operator
Phil Tyler
as S.W.A.T. Leader
Grace Wan
as Actress
John Gettier
as SWAT Team #9
Van Marten
as SFPD Officer
Jake Hanson
as Strip Club Patron
Marquis Magwood
as Scientist/Lab Tech
Homero Lopez
as Street Pedestrian
Ronnie Yelverton
as Prison Guard
Ray Benitez
as Bistro Chef
John Ozuna
as Johnson Prison Guard
Mary Lu Marr
as Cafe Patron
John Lobato
as SFPD Officer
Paul Pillsbury
as Hazmat Crew
David King
as Street Chase Pedestrian
Paul Barlow, Jr.
as Tour Teacher
Apollo GT
as Villager
Tianna Hazard
as Boy's Mother
Megan Aldrich
as Street Pedestrian
Buddy Rahming
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for Venom

All Critics (335) | Top Critics (43)

There's a lot of fun to be had if you go in and turn your brain off and go with it.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Sony, overly intent on empire-building, has jettisoned a crucial ingredient: bite.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to mess up a car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco and Fleischer certainly doesn't, though at these speeds we should be gasping and laughing instead of just nodding our heads.

October 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Venom symbiote requires a perfect match to bond with its host; otherwise, the host is doomed. The Venom movie plays like a midnight horror that has invaded a superhero movie, and while there are some laffs to be had, it's far from a perfect match.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Mostly bad-bad, with a splash and dash of fun.

October 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Venom

Another day, another comicbook movie. When will it end?? So after the somewhat dismal iteration of Venom in 'Spider-Man 3' Sony went back to the drawing board. Initially plans seemed to revolve around having Venom get in on the action in the rebooted 'The Amazing Spider-Man' franchise, but that failed. There were ideas to have Venom kickstart his own franchise which would share the same universe as other Marvel characters. There was also an idea to have Venom in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'. There was also an idea to have a low budget adult version. Whatever rumours or stories we can all agree that for some reason the powers that be really wanted a Venom movie. So eventually we got this movie. Whilst on a deep space mission a corporation led by the evil Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) manages to discover a comet covered in symbiotic lifeforms. Bringing four specimens back to Earth one escapes and causes the shuttle to crash which unleashes it. In the meantime Drake starts to experiment on humans, trying to get the aliens to match with a host. The aliens need an oxygen-breathing host to survive. As you might imagine Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) eventually gets into this corporations HQ (with help from an employee) and is accidentally taken over by one of the symbiotes. We then follow Brock as he adjusts to the alien inside him, Drake and his goons coming after Brock, and eventually the last surviving symbiote taking over Drake resulting in Riot. Now I'm not up on every Marvel character so I don't know how accurate this movie is to the original source material. I'm guessing there have been many changes. But I do have some large queries. The symbiotes are looking for a planet with hosts they can take over and consume, OK. So what exactly is their plan of action for Earth? Eat every human and...? Then what? Is this all they do? At the start of the movie we are led to believe that it's hard to find the correct match for the symbiote. Drake is going through loads of human test subjects trying to find a human that will bond with the symbiote. OK that's fine. But at the same time, the symbiote Riot seems to be jumping from human to human no probs at all. Add to that, later on in the movie the symbiote Venom seems to have no problem taking over Brock's ex-girlfriend and a dog. Riot also takes over Drake no problems too. I dunno if I missed something but this just seems inconsistent because we are led to believe that it's hard to find the perfect match for the symbiotes, and when Venom finds Brock it's treated like a shocking breakthrough. I also found kinda odd that the aliens have names from our human language. I thought (in the comics) Brock came up with the name himself once combined with the symbiote (?). But in this movie the symbiotes seem to already have their names. I also thought Venom changed its mind way too quickly about Earth and humans. The symbiote seems to take the choice of betraying its own very easily purely based on liking Brock. And it had only been combined to Brock for a day or so, maybe not even that! Far too convenient for me. Aside from that the movie is generally incredibly dated in style and outcome. This [b]really[/b] feels like a movie that came out in the 90's. It looks like a movie that came out in the 90's. The CGI ranges from really sweet lookin' to really terrible lookin'. Close-ups of Venom are great, most everything else is bad. Most of the action sequences are woefully bad in both execution and visuals. The stunts are clearly stunts. There are tonnes of obvious greenscreen shots. Venom looks rubbery at times and plastic at others. When Venom fights Riot its an indistinguishable CGI mess. And the bad guys are astronomically cliched. This is the present day 'Spawn'. Yet despite all that, for some reason, I kinda liked this. I like that they tried to make this somewhat dark and gritty, and for the most part, they succeeded. The start of the movie is quite eerie, playing up some horror tropes. And Hardy definitely helps with his unhinged, dirty, druggie-esque performance. Personally I think they should have gone for broke with an all out R/18 rated flick because the head biting scenes needed to be seen. As they stand its stupid because there's no blood or gore and I'm pretty sure onlookers would be more horrified (the Asian shopkeeper at the end much?). But yeah, can't quite put my finger on it but I sorta liked this. Kinda reminded me of the trashy mid 90's flicks I'd see at my local Odeon on a Wednesday afternoon. Its not a good movie, its legitimately bad with poor...everything truth be told. Still, in an odd way, this is just...dumb fun.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

I suppose you have to be a big fan of the Venom comics to appreciate this. And even then, were you not hoping for something...more? Not one interesting or relatable character in sight, a really odd and awkward sense of humor, action scenes by the numbers, mediocre CGI of ridiculously silly creatures. There is no level on which this works. And worst of all, this was a big hit and there'll be more. The Marvel Cinematic Universe does play in entirely different leagues than this drivel.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

This is a superhero movie that certainly has fun elements, but the story ... they dropped the ball, plain and simple. I actually felt sorry for Tom Hardy and Michelle Willaims, forced to sit in the figurative baggage car of the Marvel movie money train. And yet, despite the many, many flaws, it is a superhero movie. So, any port in a storm.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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