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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 238
Fresh: 212 | Rotten: 26

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: 43
Fresh: 35 | 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.

Sep 9, 2014

$259.7M

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All Critics (238) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (212) | Rotten (26) | DVD (3)

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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If Captain America: The Winter Soldier is indeed an augur of things to come during this special-effects-laden summer, maybe it won't be such a painful season after all.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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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
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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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...it's one of the best the genre has ever seen and takes Marvel's cinematic endeavors in a more complex, serious, and dramatic direction.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes
Forbes

What starts as a terrific and grounded little thriller becomes less interesting as it gets less "little".

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

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

Audience Reviews for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It beats the original in every way possible. A fine and spectacular example of what a superhero sequel should be. A stylish, whip-smart, intelligent and wickedly entertaining gargantuan thrill-machine. A spectacular action-packed adventure that is bigger, bolder, more epic and explosive than the first. It's a very entertaining and very well-directed movie. Directors, Joe and Anthony Russo make a great example of old-school conspiracy thriller mixed with modern day technology and a storyline that is more complex. compelling, edgy and utterly bad-ass. The best stand alone Marvel movie since the original Iron Man. It's just a really great movie. A roller-coaster of tremendous special effects and sizzling non-stop action. A gripping and mind-blowing great time at the movies. Chris Evans shines once again in the role of Cap, he gives a inspiring, good-natured and strong performance. Robert Redford is terrific. Scarlett Johansson is excellent. Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are bad-ass all the way. An awesome and heart-pounding movie that's a real heat-seeking missal of excitement.
September 6, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

Perhaps the greatest achievement in a movie full of them is that The Winter Soldier makes Captain America more than just a super gymnast, it makes him a person. Full review later.
August 11, 2014
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

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All this talk of the Avengers gets me thinking...where is Captain Britain Marvel?? Yes that's right my fellow movie forum dwellers and review hobgoblins, there is a character called Captain Britain and he is or has been part of the Avengers, amongst other super teams. Wouldn't it be kinda cool to see good old Captain USA fighting alongside Captain UK huh. Captain America fighting Hydra whilst Captain Britain battles all those bastards that take up two spaces in your local Tesco car park, don't get me started on the state of our roads! but I digress...

So whilst the rest of the Avenger team is...somewhere where they can't be reached apparently, the Captain and Black Widow must virtually save the entire world on their own. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been comprised as Hydra slowly takes over, no one can be trusted, not even the top levels. Three huge Star Destroyers are being finished and prepped ready to sale over the world and bring order out of chaos, but are they controlled by the good guys or the bad guys?

The very first action scene in this film reinforces some issues I have with this comicbook universe (not being a fanboy). A S.H.I.E.L.D. ship has been hijacked by French (French?) terrorists and are holding hostages. The Captain turns up with Widow and the S.T.R.I.K.E. team but basically goes off and takes down half the terrorists single handedly. Black Widow takes down plenty of guys too but these two simply exterminate them all without breaking sweat or having any makeup get smudged, how is there any crime in this universe when these heroes are so invincible?! Seriously the Captain could of killed everyone on the ship without help...also does that boomerang shield have a homing device or something?

What I did like about this film is the fact its a bit of espionage and all out action blended together with some political intrigue of sorts. This does make for a rousing experience no doubt, the other thing I liked was the surprising sidestepping of all out CGI set pieces and the actual use of real time stunts and destruction, plenty of it too. If you like destruction porn, mainly car destruction porn, then you're gonna like this movie that's for sure. I haven't seen so much vehicle ruination for a long time, explosions out the yang! guns fights blazing, fisticuffs errr fighting and a reasonable amount of violence too! They don't shy away from people getting gunned down which was cool, up and close neck breaking is hidden from view for the most part though.

You certainly get what you came for with this movie I kid you not, in fact Black Widow kinda upstages the Captain if you ask me...despite her iffy looking dye job and heavy tan makeup. Dunno what's happened there, in the first movie she has curly hair and is quite pale, obviously wasn't sexy enough first time around. I really don't wanna say it but at one point I actually thought there was too much action! yes that's right too much. There is so much stuff getting blown to pieces and so much extreme destruction...alongside characters that have wing jet packs and metal bionic arms, you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were watching the new G.I. Joe movie. The whole thing really looked more like a big toy advert than a Marvel flick at times, luckily the sight of the Captain keeps you in check.

After seeing a multitude of vehicles getting blown to shit we eventually reach the finale where basically...three huge Helicarriers must be blown to shit. I gotta say I agree with Robert Redford's character when this happens, it is such a waste of tech! geez! couldn't they try and just land them or something. The other thing that made me laugh at this point was the fact they are trying to stop these Helicarriers targeting and killing thousands of people. Yet when they all get blasted to pieces and come crashing down wouldn't that still kinda kill a hell of a lot of people on the ground? Sure not as many if Hydra's plan had come to fruition but still!

I'm not too sure how Marvel do it but somehow they are able to make a movie work with multiple characters right now, DC and Sony have kinda failed as have other folk in the past but Marvel has got this thing down to a tee. I can't really fault the cast here, everyone has good screen time, we know their performances now, the new guy portrayed by Stan looks a bit cliched with his bionic arm as does Falcon but hey ho its a comicbook adaptation. Cards on the table though...I thought Redford was a bit weak, didn't quite seem comfortable in his role, possibly his age.

So yeah there is still an abundance of CGI tomfoolery going on here but there is also some great old fashioned stunts and wreckin' going on too, so kudos. As usual the finale does tend to lose its grip a bit, things get a tad stupid like Falcon jumping out of a tall story building right into the waiting chopper below, yeah the characters reference how crazy it is which is cool...but it still seems too much despite everything else going on. Oh and surviving that fall with the parachute at the last minute? errrr! Also why do those Helicarriers have those glass dome things on their underside? and why would they house the most important electrical parts of the carrier (targeting system for one). While we're down here how the hell did the good guys know which one of the those electrical circuits to remove and replace??! there were loads of them in rows all looking the same! talk about a fiddly situation that might cause a panic attack sheesh!

The only real bit of action that didn't look too good for me was the short sequence where the Captain escapes from Triskelion and has to overcome one of those Sulaco drop ship things. It all looked a bit like a videogame sequence there I think, but there's always gonna be some hokey looking CGI in these films.

Some nice twists which I'm sure everybody knows about now, some setups for future adventures and new characters, two end credit scenes which poke at more crossovers and new characters. Hell its everything we've now come to expect from a standard Marvel superhero experience. This movie was on fire! it doesn't stop for a breather at all, devastation piled on top of obliteration. In the end virtually everything has been blown up, all that's left are the dark clouds of smouldering debris.
August 5, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

    1. Apple Employee: Can I help you guys with anything?
    2. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow: Oh, no, my fiancé was helping with honeymoon destinations.
    3. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Yeah... we're getting married.
    4. Apple Employee: Cool, where are you guys thinking about going?
    5. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Um... New Jersey.
    – Submitted by Tristan H (12 days ago)
    1. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow: When did Captain America learn how to steal a car?
    2. Captain America/Steve Rogers: Nazi Germany, and we're borrowing.
    – Submitted by Tristan H (44 days ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: I don't remember giving you a key.
    2. Nick Fury: My wife kicked me out.
    3. Captain America/Steve Rogers: I didn't know you had a wife.
    4. Nick Fury: There are a lot of things you don't know about me.
    – Submitted by Tristan H (44 days ago)
    1. Captain America/Steve Rogers: I can't leave my best girl, not when she owes me a dance.
    – Submitted by John B (59 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
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