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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 236
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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: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 42
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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.

Sep 9, 2014

$258.6M

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All Critics (236) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (210) | Rotten (26)

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

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: 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: New York Magazine/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
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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
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I will pay $50 to anyone who can prove that one single audience member worldwide texted "OMG, this plot is fantastic!" at any point during or after the movie.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Satisfying as a standalone adventure without sacrificing continuity ...

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The best Marvel film to date explores government overreach, the real and perceived threats to national security and how true American values will always win out over false ones.

June 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Scarlett Johansson's sassy, snarky Black Widow provides some of the film's best moments, delivering quips and backflips with equal panache.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Much better than the first in the series. In fact, it was better as action and better as social commentary. If like me you go with few expectations, you will be delighted.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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"'The Winter Soldier' not only satisfies with its plentiful action scenes, it also offers some intriguing commentary on the current political and world climate, and turns out to be a sterling character piece."

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

...has a nice push and pull going on, between nostalgia for a time gone by and a piercing, contemporary relevance.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

I salute you, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.'

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's a sequel with great substance and one of the finest action movies of the year.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A substantial disappointment after 2011's better-than-expected Captain America: The First Avenger...

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

'Winter Soldier' is a layered and paranoid espionage thriller, what you'd get if John le Carre took a stab at the superhero genre.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

A solid example of meat-and-potatoes popcorn filmmaking--befitting that most meat-and-potatoes of comic book heroes.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

If only the film's level of visual creativity could have been applied to the story, it might feel like a standalone success instead of merely another link in the chain.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Gives an adult tilt to the Marvel Comics world

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Proving his mettle in a story with a darker tone, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an excellent chapter in the Marvel canon.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

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

Audience Reviews for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I didn't like the casting choice of Chris Evans as Cap and so was prepared to write off this arm of the ever expanding Marvel Universe. Now I have to eat my words. Storyline and presentation here are exemplary, and Cap begins to feel like a character worthy of his own merit.
With the Avengers a solid success and now the separate character franchises thriving one can only wonder how long can Marvel continue this Murderer's Row of multimillion dollar entertainment? Spider Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk ... they lack two things: a female and a minority lead (before someone else does it ... and someone will try). And then total market domination/saturation.
And the distinguished competition, longtime leaders in the field with years of top dog behind it? What about them?
July 27, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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I definitely can see why the critics and the audiences love it, Captain America has gone rough! Not only this is the shocking story in Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it completely change the way MCU works and people definitely want to see what will happen in 'The Avengers 2' in the following year.. For me, the bad-ass in this movie is the Russo's brothers with their rough directing style with the help of a great script to make one of the best superhero movies ever made.. And with some help from new cast such as Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Redford, and quite performance from Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders with the main character still in the hands of Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, 'Captain America : The Winter Soldier' definitely one of the best superheroes movie ever made.. But the question is why I only gave it 4 stars? Well, because movie about politics definitely not my thing so this is the best review I can give..
July 20, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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After last year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveils its third entry with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film serves as a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger as well as an epilogue to the events of The Avengers and a lead-in to the events to that film's sequel which will be released next year. Captain America would have to be my second favorite Avenger. I say that because it's a tie between him and the Hulk. I really enjoyed the first Captain America movie and loved his presence in The Avengers. It's obvious that I was really looking forward to his next solo outing. After months of anticipation, I was really satisfied with this sequel.

Two years after the events in The Avengers, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as trying to adjust to modern life. If you were to awaken after being frozen for seventy years, you would have to catch up on a lot of things. He and Black Widow is the people that S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in order to carry out dangerous missions. When S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack from by a mysterious enemy known as The Winter Soldier, it's up to Cap, Black Widow, and the Falcon to take down The Winter Soldier as well as discover the dirty secrets the organization they work for holds.

Many people have praised this film for its political themes. To be honest, politics are not my thing. As I was walking into this movie, I was wondering if I would appreciate the political themes or they would just bore me. As a matter of fact, the political stuff kept me intrigued. The film brought up some issues that relevant today such as military paranoia and foreign policy. These two things made for an intriguing plot. If anything, the movie is a political thriller that just so happens to have superheroes in it. The film's plot is complex but it's easy to follow. There are also a lot of twists and turns that are sure to surprise the viewers. The film's first action sequence immediately grabs the audiences' attentions and prepares for the thrilling story that follows.

The cast in this film all does a good job. This is Chris Evans' third time playing the title character and by now, he has complete confidence in his role. A large portion of the film deals with Steve trying to find his place in the modern world. He sometimes feels lost in this world and you can't help but feel for him. I just love the patriotic, good-natured attitude Evans brings to the character. But Cap isn't always the all-American nice guy throughout this movie. There are times where he has to question his morality and step out of his comfort zone in order to defend the country he cares so much for. It made the character of Captain America a lot more fascinating. While I know that Cap has a lot of fans, I always felt that he was in the shadow of some of the other Avengers. This movie will make you appreciate the character even more.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role of Black Widow and tags along with our main hero. Scarlett Johansson has always been great as Black Widow and she didn't disappoint here. Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and I really enjoyed his performance. By the end of the movie, I came to admire the character of The Falcon. I really hope we see him again in future films. I'm not the biggest fan of Nick Fury but I think Samuel L. Jackson did his performance as the character here. I grew to like him a lot more in this movie thanks to his performance. His character was well written. Robert Redford was a welcome addition to the cast and he did a great job. The person who played the Winter Soldier (it's best that you don't know who it is) did a fantastic job. I always felt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacked memorable villains. The only memorable villain in this franchise in my opinion is Loki. The Winter Soldier is the best villain in this franchise since Loki. He doesn't talk a whole lot but he is able to come off as menacing. I was on the edge of my seat every time he came on screen. I enjoyed Emily VanCamp in her small role as Sharon Carter. She's a good actress and a pretty one too. I liked her character and I hope we see more of her. The last cast member I want to talk about was Frank Grillo. He played a corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. operative named Brock Rumlow. I thought Grillo did a good job playing an unlikable character. I have a feeling he will be a villain in a future film. When he came on screen, I felt like punching him in the face. I think the writers wanted to create a character that the audiences come to loathe. If that was their intention, then they succeeded.

The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, decided to use practical effects for some of the action scenes as oppose to CGI. I thought this was a great decision. The action scenes were planned out very well and there was some impressive fighting and stunt work. Only the climax looked like it relied on CGI. The Russo Brothers establish a tone that is different from the first film. While Joe Johnston gave a great period piece with the first film, the Russo Brothers do a great job bringing Captain America into modern times. The script was also solid. The dialogue was sharp, the comedy was witty, and there is a good amount of emotion thrown in.

In my opinion, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was impressed with the film's engaging plot, the performances from the cast, and the action sequences. The events in this film make a big impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can't wait to see how things unfold in this franchise. There are scenes during and after the credits that are sure to make Marvel fans hungry for more. Captain America: The Winter Solider is an entertaining superhero film with brains and brawn.

"I'm sorry. Did I step on your moment?"
July 6, 2014
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Bentley Lyles

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The newest installment in the Marvel franchise offers a political edge and added suspense, but the overstuffed third act detracted from what seemed to make Winter Soldier a more unique Marvel film, and devolved into the same tried formula of more explosions, more shaky cam.
June 1, 2014
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: I can't leave my best girl, not when she owes me a dance.
    – Submitted by John B (2 days ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Attention all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. This is Steve Rogers. You've heard a lot about me over the last few days. Some of you were even ordered to hunt me down. But I think it's time you know the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. It has been taken over by HYDRA. Alexander Pierce is their leader. The S.T.R.I.K.E. and Insight crew are HYDRA as well. We don't know how many more, but I know they're in the building. They could be standing right next to you. They almost have what they want: absolute control. They shot Nick Fury, and it won't end there. If you launch those helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way. They must be stopped. I know I'm asking a lot. The price of freedom is high; it always has been. But it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not.?
    – Submitted by Patrick L (3 days ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Trust is what makes an army, not a bunch of guys running around shooting guns.
    2. Nick Fury: The last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.
    – Submitted by Henry J (21 days ago)
    1. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow: What about lydia?
    2. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Lip ring? Ya, I'm not ready for that.
    – Submitted by Matt L (2 months ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Then finish it. Because I'm with you to the end of the line.
    – Submitted by Noah N (2 months ago)
    1. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier: Who the hell is Bucky?
    – Submitted by Noah N (2 months ago)
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