If you’re considering genetically engineering a humanlike life form and nurturing it as if it’s your own child, let this stand as a warning. Let it also stand as a warning if you’re thinking about buying a ticket to “Morgan” (⋆, rated R for brutal violence and profanity). Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) has been created via synthetic DNA and is the pet project of Dr. Kathy Grieff (Jennifer Jason Leigh). She is a kind of superhuman nonhuman. She’s chronologically just 5 years old, but she has the appearance of a teenage girl, the mind of a genius, the physical prowess of a superhero in training — and the temper of a cranky grizzly bear. No good can come of this, something that is apparent to everyone except her handlers and director Luke Scott (Ridley Scott’s son). When things start to go wrong, Morgan’s handlers commit such egregious blunders that you’ll be tempted to throw your popcorn at the screen and bellow, “Come on, you guys!”

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times