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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 222
Fresh: 198 | Rotten: 24

Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 8

Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.

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After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.

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A movie that is, in the best sense of the word, a Marvel.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Vulture
Vulture
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This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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There's too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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We not only get an edgier, more complex, more compelling storyline, we get the most badass 95-year-old the world has ever known.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The Winter Soldier delivers a funnier, angst-ridden Captain for our security vs. liberty-obsessed times.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

the movie stabs right at the heart of the ultimate virtue for which Captain America stands--freedom--by questioning what exactly such a virtue entails and what is required to preserve it

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

May be the most thoughtful instance of character depth in a comic-born action extravaganza.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

I'm afraid of Robert Redford.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

On a fundamental level, the Russos get the character of Captain America, and this deep understanding trickles down into the film in satisfying ways.

April 12, 2014 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

The movie doesn't use any time in establishing an identity, because it is obsessed with the thrill.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Yet another super-sized serving of superhero cinematic sponge cake... this follow-up really feels like bloated franchise filler.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

A great addition to the Marvel heroes family, (this) is another testament to the powers that be at Marvel Studios know that anything worth doing is worth doing well!

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Chris Evans has grown significantly in his role since The Avengers, and he's far more appealing here, going for the same kind of charming, simple quality that Christopher Reeve had in the Superman movies.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's politically contentious, if not downright rambunctious. Movies like "The Parallax View" aren't being made today, yet Disney-Marvel puts it out there, blunt as ice, the state of privacy politics today.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

It's hard to tell the difference between the parody and the parodied in Marvel movies; almost everything comes with a wink until Things Get Serious at the apocalyptic climax.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

The unlikely directors are comedy connoisseurs Anthony and Joe Russo, working with a gargantuan Marvel/Disney support team no doubt organized on the theory that these movies have become Too Big To Fail...

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Most fascinating is watching the cast's two old pros, Jackson and Redford, spark in surprising ways.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

[There's] a great film that could have been made by the same people and much of the same raw material, but commercial forces obliged it to instead be just pretty good.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Black Widow is the scene stealer this time out... There's just very little than can be said against a film this well-rounded and complete... Trust no one - except Marvel.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

For what it's worth, I'm looking forward to its sequel.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Follows the all-too-familiar mantra of blockbuster sequels - more of everything is better-but it can't be accused of lackluster filmmaking.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Yes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great action movie -- an immensely enjoyable spy-thriller-flavored film with Bond-worthy flair (and orchestral flourishes). But first and foremost, it's also a great Captain America film.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Acaba se perdendo na necessidade de incluir elaboradas sequências de ação e de ser um "filme de super-herói" em vez de insistir na ideia de ser um filme sobre um humano que tem superpoderes.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A solid piece of blockbuster filmmaking. Would have LOVED it if I didn't walk in feeling like I've already seen it.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Great action movie. My "Room 101" (for those of you familiar with "1984") is that the guys in the white hats turn out to be the bad guys and there's no where to hide. Besides the great action, there is a really sly heart-stopping message that everything you put on-line marks you as an enemy of the state who will be eliminated in order to achieve a peaceful coherent state. In the days of NSA listening to everyone's peevish rants, this idea isn't far-fetched: it's chilling. One other thing: this is an extremely violent movie and there were about 10 kids under the age of 13 in the theater (it was a small theater in the middle of nowhere and there were only about 10 adults total as well), but if anyone is wondering where kids get ideas about shoot-em-ups in real life, you don't have to go much further than the entertainment their parents allow them to watch. There's probably an accompanying video game too.
April 16, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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After director Joe Johnston's savagely disappointing attempt to bring the Marvel superhero Captain America to life three years ago, the creative minds that brought us "You, Me and Dupree" (Anthony and Joe Russo) somehow get a crack at the sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". Though it sounds like I'm ready to rip this movie, to my surprise "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was (for the most part) quite entertaining, with visually stunning action sequences throughout. But even more surprising, especially because this was made by the guys who directed "You, Me and Dupree" (I don't know if I mentioned that disturbing bit of trivia already) is how this theatrical release also contains much more well timed laughs than I bargained for.

Read the rest of my review at: http://www.examiner.com/review/captain-america-the-winter-soldier-from-the-directors-of-you-me-and-dupree

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April 15, 2014
Markus Emilio Robinson
Markus Robinson

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Marvel Studios makes by far the best comic book adaptation films today. Each one gets better than the last. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes the superhero movie and turns it into a spy/espionage film that improves on the first film by a lot. Other than "Avengers"(and it's REALLY close), this is the best Marvel movie yet. It has some of the best action and one of the best storylines yet. I don't wanna give away too much, but things are fishy within S.H.I.E.L.D and Cap has to deal with the Winter Soldier, who is someone from his past. Chris Evans IS Captain America, much like Downey IS Iron Man. He is complacent in the role like other actors would. He gives Cap some new dimensions. I also LOVED his interaction with Black Widow(Scarlett Johannson). They have some excellent chemistry, and it's great that they didn't turn them into lovers. Anthony Mackie as Falcon is fantastic, and I really hope he finds his way into Avengers 2. The best performance of the movie may be Robert Redford(and I actually think in the 70's he would have made an Awesome Captain America). Between this and "All is Lost" the guy is on a real roll as of late with movies. Exciting, fun, and truly action packed this is the best movie of 2014 so far. Stay through the credits(it's a Marvel movie, so you have to!), and enjoy the ride. Can't wait to see where these movies go next!
April 10, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the second Captain America film brings the square superhero to our modern-day and presents a complicated national setting where the enemy is the U.S government. The challenge with a Captain America (played by Chris Evans) movie is just how outdated his whole sensibility seems, an irony-free nationalistic hero. Smartly, the filmmakers have pushed his loyalties to the test, and the movie transforms into something along the lines of a Jason Bourne thriller, where the government is hunting down a rogue fugitive. It's certainly the most timely superhero film since 2008's The Dark Knight, and the political commentary on the NSA spying and drones is a welcome big screen subversion. But the action is still what people come for and in that the Winter Soldier is quite an entertaining movie. Directed by the Russo brothers, known mostly for their comedy work in TV like Community, the movie packs quite a punch with a variety of action/thriller sequences, each well staged and well developed. My favorite might be Nick Fury under assault and desperate to escape in his car from overwhelming enemy forces. An opening sequence rescuing hostages on a boat serves as a great reminder why Captain America is indeed so super. The movie does have some issues but nothing so large as to derail the enjoyment. First off the villain is way too obvious, but also the movie lets the U.S. government off the hook, falling back on a select evil group that has been undercover perverting the government. Secondly, the Winter Soldier of the title is one plotline that doesn't feel needed or well integrated. It's another super soldier for Cap to combat and this guy has a mysterious link to our hero. It feels like one plotline too many, a story that deserves better attention on its own. Still, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an engaging, thrilling, intelligent, and altogether entertaining addition into Marvel's sprawling cinematic canvas.

Nate's Grade: B+
April 9, 2014
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Nate Zoebl

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    1. Sam Wilson/Falcon: Shut the hell up.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (13 days ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Cause I'm with you to the end of the line.
    – Submitted by David N (13 days ago)
    1. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier: Who the hell is Bucky?
    – Submitted by Matthew Z (13 days ago)
    1. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier: But I know him.
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (18 days ago)
    1. Nick Fury: Shield takes the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be.
    2. Captain America/Steve Rogers: This isn't freedom. This is fear!
    – Submitted by Scott W (21 days ago)
    1. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow: Fury's last words was never to trust anybody.
    – Submitted by Matt R (25 days ago)
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