The Cloverfield Paradox, aka Cloverfield 3, was released last night to Netflix in a very surprising move. It was announced during Super Bowl 52, so it got all kinds of buzz – but the reaction afterwards wasn’t really what the filmmakers had hoped for, as it currently sits at a terrible 15% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing this article.
The Cloverfield Paradox Negative Reviews:
CNN: Director Julius Onah’s film strands its solid cast in the vacuum of space with that most terrifying of monsters — an utterly convoluted script — producing a few tense moments but a general takeaway that’s much closer to puzzling than profound.
The Atlantic: The Cloverfield Paradox tries to tie into its 2008 forebear in a much more literal sense, and the result feels spectacularly inept.
IndieWire: It’s worth remembering that the Cloverfield movies were only able to successfully disrupt conventional distribution methods because they’re good. The best thing you can say about this one is that it’s free with your Netflix subscription.
Los Angeles Times: What excitement this movie is able to muster soon gives way to the startling realization that virtually none of its twists, for all their dimension-hopping audacity, have been coherently or intelligently thought through.
New York Times: Sounds intriguing, but the actual movie is strangely plain, eyesore-overlit and uselessly frantic.
Birth.Movies.Death: Precisely which bits [from the source material] were warped out of shape as the film journeyed to become a Cloverfield pseudo-sequel is difficult to discern, but the end result is a failed experiment.
Tampa Bay Times: It’s a bit of a mess. A tense, sometimes fun mashup of classic sci-fi, but often overwhelmed by absurdity and chaos.
Uproxx: With its haphazard plot twists and muddy motivations, Paradox mostly takes the boring parts from Life, Alien: Covenant, Event Horizon, and Interstellar … with a hint of one of the lesser Black Mirror episodes, and adds the word Cloverfield.
There were a few good ones:
Screen Rant: The Cloverfield Paradox is a disjointed, but enjoyable sci-fi horror/thriller that has mixed success as a shared universe film.
Polygon: It’s not a completely bad movie, and I was appropriately scared during the scary scenes and creeped out by the creepy scenes.
Paste Magazine: Is it any good? Well, yes — often it is, but it’s sometimes tough to find those moments.
Nerdist: At its best The Cloverfield Paradox is a fantastically tense locked room mystery in space, playing off complex concepts like quantum entanglement theory. In its weaker moments, it’s a solid sci-fi that leans heavily into the giants who’ve walked before it.
And then there was Twitter:
If I see a worse film this year than THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, I’ll be shocked. It’s awful, tedious & derivative. A waste of a perfectly good cast. Terrible script. No wonder Par dumped this on Netflix. This is the kind of movie that lands you in Director Jail. Avoid at all costs.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 5, 2018
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) February 5, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox is a bad film, but the real story here is how Netflix has quietly built a cheap home for direct to DVD style sequels (like Mean Girls 2, Ace Ventura Jr etc) that would’ve bombed theatrically.
Instead, everyone is hyped and watching them. Strange times.
— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) February 5, 2018
In The Cloverfield Paradox, all the rules of known physics are twisted except the One Immutable Principal: Chris O’Dowd is the best thing in everything he’s in. (See also Molly’s Game, where he has extremely stiff competition)
— Joss (@joss) February 5, 2018
An interesting thing about the #CloverfieldParadox release is that it allows us to watch something without being overexposed to the marketing and/or months of online dissemination. We just watch it and make up our own minds.
Just like we used to.
— Kealan Patrick Burke (@KealanBurke) February 5, 2018
Dont have much to say about new CLOVERFIELD but here is my ?; though these films play more as spin-offs, LANE and PARADOX are still tied to the day and events that happened in first pic. How will a film set during WW2 tie in with these three films and should it even bother
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 5, 2018
Cloverfield Paradox was the Okayest movie I’ve seen in a while.
— RickyFTW (@rickyftw) February 5, 2018
the only good part about the cloverfield paradox was the last 15 seconds.
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) February 5, 2018
I did the thing where I paid attention to Cloverfield ARGs to explain how #CloverfieldParadox fits into/is the basis of the other Cloverfield movies! https://t.co/DfZkKno7gy pic.twitter.com/HOMNFDTVd4
— Da7e Galactic Historian Gonzales (@Da7e) February 5, 2018
I know it is a sci-fi movie but there is just so much “a wizard did it” in THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) February 5, 2018
HOLY SH** The #CloverfieldParadox absolutely killed me! KILLED ME!! MY GOD THIS MOVIE IS JUST…..OMG IM STILL FAHREAKING SCREAMING! It’s a million trillion times better than the rest of the franchise 😩😩😭 @netflix
— ShruTea (@rehna_tu) February 5, 2018
Whether or not you enjoy ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ you have to appreciate what Bad Robot is doing with this ever-expanding universe. https://t.co/cYeDwzvNX1
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) February 5, 2018
Netflix drops Bright
Critics call it the worst film of the year
Netflix announces a sequel
Netflix drops Cloverfield Paradox
Critics call it the worst film so far this year
Netflix be like – fuck you we already shot the sequel 😂
They just taking the piss now man pic.twitter.com/dtOU4JATmM
— Paul Mackie (@paulmac708) February 5, 2018
— ⒹⒶⓃⒾⒺⓁ ⒸⓊⓇⒶ (@daniel_cura) February 5, 2018
Bright reviews make it out to be the best film of the year compared to what The Cloverfield Paradox is currently getting. For those of you still interested, the film is currently streaming on Netflix right now, with Cloverfield 4 expected sometime soon.
Did you watch The Cloverfield Paradox? If so, what did you think? Either way, be sure to tell us all of your thoughts on the movie in the comments!