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Jordan Peele's Nope Has Screened, Check Out What People Are Saying About The Horror Film

Anticipation has been high for Jordan Peele’s Nope, following his previous two (critically acclaimed) forays into the horror genre: 2017's Get Out 2019's Us. Details of Nope’s plot have been kept intentionally sparse, because the writer/director wants to the film to be an unexpected experience for his audiences. Have no fear – the movie has screened, and now we can possibly glean a little more information from the first reactions to the flick, even as we maintain that delightful dread of the unknown.

Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer star in Nope as siblings who begin to see something (but what??) in the sky over their ranch. Aliens of some sort would be a good low-hanging-fruit guess for what’s piloting the UFO and causing all the creepy incidents teased in the trailer. CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell shared his reaction to exclusive footage of Nope, which was shown at CinemaCon 2022 earlier this year, and now Eric Eisenberg of CinemaBlend has seen the film for himself, tweeting that with Nope, Jordan Peele has gone 3-for-3: 

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Erik Davis of Fandango has high praise for the film, which he says grabs you right from the beginning with its strong storytelling and leaves you wanting to talk about it long after. It's apparently unlike any UFO movie we've ever seen:

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POC Culture says Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer are so good as a sibling duo, and Steven Yeun shines as well. While the story may not be as strong as Jordan Peele's previous two movies, the social commentary is as poignant as you'd hope, and Peele remains a favorite filmmaker of this critic: 

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Heather Wixson of Daily Dead News tweets that Nope completely surpasses her expectations. She name-checks Keith David and Michael Wincott as things she loves about this "absolutely phenomenal" summer flick:

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Simon Thompson says Jordan Peele takes a big swing with Nope, and it was one worth taking, as this critic was left feeling challenged and hungry for more of whatever Peele has to offer us next. See this movie on the biggest screen possible, Thompson says:

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Ernest Owens of Philly Mag says, "Run, don't walk," to Jordan Peele's latest offering, and, like a number of other viewers, praises Keke Palmer's performance:

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Without giving too much (or anything) away about the plot, these first reactions definitely have me even more excited for Nope to hit theaters on Friday, July 22. Jordan Peele has said his movies are designed to be watched multiple times, with easter eggs layered throughout. He’s also talked about the mischievous pleasure he gets from scaring his audiences, so all signs point to moviegoers being in for a treat when Nope hits cinemas. 

We'll also find out a little more when movie reviews come out Wednesday, so be sure to check back to CinemaBlend for our take. In the meantime, you can check out these other Jordan Peele TV shows and movies, and also be sure to take a look at our 2022 Movie Release Schedule to see what other movies are hitting theaters soon.

Heidi Venable
Heidi Venable

Mom of two and hard-core '90s kid. Unprovoked, will quote Friends in any situation. Can usually be found rewatching The West Wing instead of doing anything productive.