Cloverfield Paradox reviews: Critics SLAM Netflix horror – ‘mess’, ‘trainwreck’, ‘a dud’

The movie – a sequel to 10 Cloverfield Lane and the boundary-breaking Cloverfield – had its trailer launched during last night’s Super Bowl.

That was, surprisingly, followed by the full production’s unveiling on Netflix.

But as fans flock to start their week with some gruelling horror, is the film actually any good? Sadly, critics don’t seem to think so.

Although the reviews for Cloverfield Paradox are less damning than Netflix’s last high-profile blockbuster, Bright; they’re still mostly negative thus far.

The Guardian issued a two-star notice, saying “Paramount has saved themselves a sorry box office failure” by going straight to the streaming service.

“As the film bumbles from one confusingly mounted scene to the next, disappointment turns to boredom,” critic Benjamin Lee wrote, calling the movie a “monstrous mess”.

The Hollywood Reporter were also cynical, with John DeFore calling it “a trainwreck of a sci-fi flick”.

Collider gave a D grade, with critic Matt Goldberg saying: “The movie is nowhere near as good as the original Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane. 

“It’s not even as good as some of the weaker episodes of Black Mirror where messing with technology leads to terrible outcomes. 

“There are lots of bad movies on Netflix, and now The Cloverfield Paradox is just another one of them.”

Dread Central gave 2.5/5, with Jonathan Barkan saying: “The attempt to connect The Cloverfield Paradox into that cinematic universe is downright embarrassing.”

Still, as with Bright, it will be the viewer reviews that will be the most telling – expect them to keep filtering in over the coming days.

The movie stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd, with Julius Onah directing.

The Cloverfield Paradox is steaming on Netflix now.