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Marvel's The Avengers Reviews

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Deborah Ross
The Spectator

If big action so big it's humongous just isn't really your thing/You may find, as I did, it drags, with its surfeit of CGI bling.

Full Review Source: The Spectator

August 24, 2014
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Joss Whedon empties everything at his reported $225 million disposal to assault the eyes, ears and intelligence with one of the stupidest comic book tales ever put to film.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

May 26, 2013
Witney Seibold

After years of buildup and prequels, "The Avengers" is merely average.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 6/10

August 22, 2012
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies

The overlong, stale experience barely raises a fast pulse, as the movie quickly stumbles into a standard film structure and doesn't even try to break free.

Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies | Original Score: 1/5

June 21, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 3, 2012
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

It was right the Avengers shouldn't gel right at once, but how that get-to-know-you period is played out in the script gets massively out of hand.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 3, 2012
Clay Cane

There are also the fans who rage in the comments, as if men in spandex are as serious as war and the economy. Is there a defensive euphoria in seeing your childhood heroes come to life? Is 'The Avengers' a great film? No. Will people love it? Yes!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

May 4, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

The filmmakers play a conservative game, not setting out to make a great movie but simply making sure not to screw it up an entire franchise.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4

July 13, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Yet another brainless, overbloated and mostly underwhelming blockbuster despite marvelous visual effects.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.25/10

May 3, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 1, 2012
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Sloppy in its construction, "Marvel's The Avengers" has one thing going for it - humor.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

April 30, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Biff! Bam! Boring!

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

By the time the utterly routine (and decidedly endless) finale rolls around, Marvel's The Avengers has unquestionably squandered the potential of its premise and its cast...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2012
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

Nothing but 2:20 of special effects and ridiculous's like all the superheroes are trying out at the Improv to see who can give the best one-liner, and none of them do.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 5/10

May 6, 2012
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

Apparently, bootleg copies of Transformers 3 made it to Asgard.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

August 24, 2014
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Avengers has a knockout final 30 minutes, all gee-whiz crash and bang and eye candy that makes grand use of 3D and IMAX and all the other toys. But the Transformers movies did that, too.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek

The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don't tell much of a story - what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

May 1, 2012
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