A great idea—what if the adolescent Clark Kent, with all his powers, were a brat instead of a Boy Scout?—gets lamentably perfunctory treatment in BRIGHTBURN. Exploring the emotional angst of mother (Elizabeth Banks) and adopted alien son (Jackson A. Dunn) as things unravel would have elevated this at least to a riveting watch, but the responses of each serve mostly to drive the plot from one gruesome kill to the next, with less depth than one can find in the average comic book. This isn’t a superhero (gone bad) movie; it belongs with Saw, Final Destination, and all the other who-gets-it-when-and-how schlock murderfests, just in superpowered lip gloss. —YSM

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