The first reactions to M. Night Shyamalan's Glass are in. It's been nearly two decades since Unbreakable first hit theaters and presented us with one of the most unconventional looks at superheroes and comic book mythology ever on the big screen. Thanks to Split, which wound up being a surprise sequel of sorts to Unbreakable, there has been an appetite to see these worlds collide and that's finally happening with Glass. Unfortunately, it's just not what many of us were hoping for, if the critics are to be believed.
As of this writing, Glass holds a 38 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 26 reviews counted. That number, in terms of reviews, is going to increase exponentially in the coming days, but that's enough to give us a general idea of how critics are feeling about the finale to this long-in-the-works trilogy. Sadly, that's not a great start and ranks near The Village in terms of his filmography. This his how Rotten Tomatoes has boiled down the critical consensus thus far.
"Glass displays a few glimmers of M. Night Shyamalan at his twisty world-building best, but ultimately disappoints as the conclusion to the writer-director's long-gestating trilogy."
Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Will both return as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass and David Dunn respectively, to meet up with James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka the Beast. Given the extremely positive reaction to Split, which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide and effectively pulled M. Night Shyamalan out of director's jail, hopes were high for Glass. However, as Mashable says in their review, it doesn't get there, to say the least.
"Watching Glass is like going to the movies with that one friend who cannot help leaning over to whisper one banal observation after another into your ear, and then leaning back satisfied that he's just blown your mind."
While not every critic has been so harsh, the vast majority of reactions seem to lean toward disappointing. It is very difficult for a movie like this to live up to expectations, no doubt, but it sounds like this one really missed the mark for many critics. Even the "positive" review strain to find high praise. Empire Magazine had this to say in their review.
"Essentially a Split sequel with an Unbreakable topping, this is weaker than either of those films but still has a decent amount of entertaining and creepy sequences, most of them due to McAvoy's high-commitment performance."
In any case, Glass looks to have a solid opening weekend when it hits theaters on January 18. Though, these negative reviews, if they keep up, could dampen things just a bit. We've also collected some reactions from Twitter for you to check out below. And rest assured, there are a few positive thoughts in the bunch. It's not all bad. Those who feel the need to dig deeper into the reviews can head on over to Rotten Tomatoes.
Glass is M. Night’s love letter to comic books featuring one of the best Samuel L. Jackson performances in a long time. It’s a bit of a slow burn but the ending is phenomenal. As a fan of Unbreakable, Glass was well worth the 19 year wait. #GlassMovie#GLASSpic.twitter.com/7Iix6vehAM— Scott Menzel (@TheOtherScottM) January 9, 2019
Glass is a disappointment, which pains me to say because no one was more excited for it than I was. Despite a few good things though, the more I think about it it's thematically muddled, tonally cold, and lacking the heart or excitement of its predecessors. pic.twitter.com/Y19bGj92jT— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) January 9, 2019
#Glass fluctuates between fun twists, interesting ideas, & slick cinematography, to a horribly dull low budget hospital drama, and an ending that is a complete mess. I loved Unbreakable, I’m a M Night defender, but I’m not sure the few great moments are enough to recommend.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 9, 2019
GLASS will be divisive, but I loved it. It's not a masterpiece like UNBREAKABLE but it's much better than the gimmicky SPLIT. This is a film about representation. About the NEED to be seen. It's abt identity. Are we what we are, or what we BELIEVE we are? See it for McAvoy alone.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 9, 2019
I read GLASS as a call to action. It's about standing up to The Powers That Be, i.e. the government, & exposing the truth at all costs, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. It's a bit clumsy at times, as Night can't seem to help himself, but I CRIED & thought it was BEAUTIFUL— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 9, 2019
I suspected that critical opinion of #Glass might list negative, but I didn’t expect this! Some of these early reviews are ROUGH. One of Shyamalan’s worst movies? Wow. Oh well, I thought it was a great wrap up. Looking forward to diving into it more when it opens. pic.twitter.com/Qvf7ELjgK9— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) January 9, 2019
Saw #Glass last night. I really enjoyed it! Tremendous performance by James McAvoy and it was great to see Dunn and Glass on screen again. Loved the first act, started out really strong. For best viewing experience, watch Unbreakable and Split beforehand (though not necessary) pic.twitter.com/WyuY5CxQYJ— Wendy Lee Szany (@WendyLeeSzany) January 9, 2019