The Tom Hardy movie is in cinemas tomorrow, October 3, with reviews not due to be published until just hours before the first public screening.
That seemed to make some fans suspicious that bosses were fearing negative feedback – and it seems they may have been right.
Critics who have seen the movie have been able to unleash their opinions via Twitter and it’s not looking good.
IGN’s Tom Horrorgensen said: “Sorry to say that #Venom is pretty much a complete failure – a tonal mess that feels 15 years old, ignoring the storytelling strides that the superhero genre has made in recent years.
“A few fun Venom-centric moments aside, it has nearly nothing to offer. Don’t get your hopes up.”
Asked about the CGI by a follower, he branded it “awful”.
Mike Ryan of Uproxx said: “I’m *fascinated* with VENOM. The cast seems to all know they’re in a darker superhero movie, except Tom Hardy who is basically remaking Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar.
“I kinda loved watching this movie, in a Rocky Horror type of way. At one point Tom Hardy and Venom make out.”
Perri Nemiroff of Collider commented: “Significant chunks of #Venom don’t work *at all* but there is some serious charm to the Eddie/Venom relationship.
“Not sure I had the intended reactions to some scenes but fun is fun – even when it’s totally ridiculous, right? It’s too bad they didn’t go for the R rating though.”
Scott Mendelson of Forbes posted: “Tom Hardy’s performance in #Venom is either Johnny Depp in the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN or Chris Klein in STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI. Either way, it’s not boring.”
And Brandon Davis said: “Action-sequences and Eddie and Venom’s odd relationship are the highlights of #Venom but if Sony wants to move forward with a universe, it needs to just keep the few parts that work and scrap the large portion which doesn’t.”
It’s not all bad though – Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap said: “#Venom wasn’t as bad as everyone was saying it was going to be.
“Tom Hardy is and always will be a great actor, and I laughed a lot — but I’m not sure whether that was intentional or not. Post-credit scene is [fire].”
Hardy himself revealed in an interview over the weekend that 40 minutes’ worth of his favourite scenes have been cut.
Venom is out tomorrow.