The Cloverfield film series is notorious for releasing little information about these movies in the months leading up to their release, but this past Sunday after the Super Bowl, the series pulled off something even weirder. Originally supposed to be theatrically released, Paramount sold The Cloverfield Paradox (previously known as God Particle) to Netflix for reportedly $50 million, and the streaming service decided to release the movie immediately after the biggest football game of the year ended. It was a bold move, but as a result, it means there are also plenty of reviews for The Cloverfield Paradox floating around the web, and overall, this movie is nowhere near the hit its predecessors were.
Starting off, we have CinemaBlend's own Mike Reyes, who was kinder to The Cloverfield Paradox than most, awarding it four out of five stars and commended it for telling a "tense sci-fi story that truly puts it cast through the paces."
However, this only one of a few positive reviews for The Cloverfield Paradox, with the majority being negative. Over at Entertainment Weekly, Darren Finch gave the movie a C-, saying that the movie succeeded are as a marketing ploy than as an actual story.
Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair declared that even with its talented cast, The Cloverfield Paradox failed to build the one thing a movie like this needs: "believable and sympathetic human characters."
One of the other positive reviews for The Cloverfield Paradox came from Nerdist's Rosie Knight, who stated that the movie works as a "singular entity" hinting at a larger world while also telling a classic story calling back to the likes of Alien and Event Horizon.
Going to back to those who were less than pleased with The Cloverfield Paradox, The Los Angeles Times' Justin Chang noted that it was for the best that Paramount passed off the movie to Netflix rather than risk an "indifferent box office fate."
Finally, John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter called The Cloverfield Paradox's drama "underwhelming" and guessed that screening this movie in theaters would have been "disastrous."
You can judge The Cloverfield Paradox for yourself by streaming it on Netflix. The Cloverfield series is expected to continue later this year with the currently-titled Overlord, which will be released theatrically on October 26. To learn what other movies are coming out this year, look through our 2018 release schedule.