Marvel's The Avengers Reviews

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Deborah Ross
The Spectator
August 24, 2014
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: D
Witney Seibold
August 22, 2012
After years of buildup and prequels, "The Avengers" is merely average.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies
June 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2012
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.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 3, 2012
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.
Clay Cane
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
Kirk Honeycutt
July 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 3, 2012
Yet another brainless, overbloated and mostly underwhelming blockbuster despite marvelous visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
Top Critic
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end.
Cole Smithey
April 30, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Sloppy in its construction, "Marvel's The Avengers" has one thing going for it - humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 3, 2012
Biff! Bam! Boring!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
May 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 20, 2012
Apparently, bootleg copies of Transformers 3 made it to Asgard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 24, 2014
The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Stephanie Zacharek
May 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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