Venom: Let There Be Carnage is getting mixed reviews

Tom Hardy's overdue comeback as the anti-hero, Venom Let There Be Carnage, has earned itself a surprisingly low score from critics.


Sony's Spider-Man Universe just got a teeny bit bigger with the arrival of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The sequel to 2018's hit superhero film, Venom, which starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and his symbiote buddy, the titular Venom, finally hit theaters last October 1, 2021.

Just like the first movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage isn't well-loved by critics.

Here is what critics have had to say about Hardy's return as Venom:

Bloody Disgusting

"This sequel is a violent, very sloppy, yet entertaining battle through couples counseling for Tom Hardy's Eddie and his symbiote." - Meagan Navarro

Wall Street Journal

"To its perverse credit, Venom 2, as it's being called, manipulates its audience with all the tentacles it can deploy, most of them cheerfully ridiculous." - Joe Morgenstern

Screen International

"Andy Serkis keeps the rambunctious proceedings relatively taut, making room for operatic action and a sneaky emotional undercurrent that pokes through the broad comedy and comic-book grandeur." - Tim Grierson

New York Times

"This is, in essence, a slapstick blood bath about two threesomes both in desperate need of throuples therapy." - Amy Nicholson

Vanity Fair

"It is mostly noisy and flimsy and without purpose, a hasty response to the original's unexpected success and little else. Naturally a third film is advertised at the end." - Richard Lawson

The Atlantic

"The viewing experience is like going to a nightclub and having someone scream the plot in your ear over a thumping bass line -- ironic, given that Venom's biggest weakness is sound waves." - David Sims

Is there going to be a third Venom film?

The success of Venom 2 all but guarantees Venom 3.

In Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Tom Hardy reprises his role as Eddie Brock. The sequel also brings in Venom's symbiote offspring, Carnage, into the mix. Just as in the comics, the symbiote infects the serial killer Cletus Kasady, portrayed by none other than Woody Harrelson. Other cast members include Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, as well as Michelle Williams, with Andy Serkis serving as the film's director.

As you can see from our round-up of several review scores from notable critics and websites, the consensus appears to be that the second Venom film is better than the first but isn't a huge improvement. If it's any consolation, the film's commercial success does help guarantee a third film.

Tom Hardy mentioned earlier this year that "a third won't be greenlit until the second is successful." On its opening weekend, Venom 2 pulled in $90.1 million at the domestic box office. This is the biggest weekend take overall since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. In fact, Venom 2 now ranks just behind another superhero film, Joker, for the best October launch of all time.

The best way to describe the Venom sequel is just literally "more" of the first Venom film.

With that said, we're definitely hoping that the upcoming third film learns from the shortcomings of the first two. The film is a solid showing thanks to Hardy and Harrelson's performance as Eddie and Kasady, respectively. At the same time, the movie's post-credits scene definitely got people talking. Unfortunately, the film's plot, which was an absolute mess, made it hard to follow.

Ultimately, don't expect Venom: Let There Be Carnage to have you thinking. It's just as silly, messy, and fun as the first film, if not more so. It's a perfect movie to watch if you want to turn your brains off for some good old mindless violence, gore, and entertainment.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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