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Marvel's The Avengers Reviews

Tom Charity
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Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.

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May 8, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 8, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 4, 2012
Laremy Legel
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A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

May 3, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

May 3, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2012
Dana Stevens
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Its primary purpose is not to explore or subvert the superhero movie, but to lay the groundwork for more of them.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 3, 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
Bob Mondello
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The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 3, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Whedon knows how to be self-aware without getting overly cute about it. He has fun highlighting each character's neurosis and knows which personalities clash to greatest effect.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

May 3, 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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

May 3, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a first-class production all around, from the acting to the 3-D special effects to the touches of wit throughout. It delivers, in grand style, the thing we demand most from a comic-book movie: fun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Avengers" is done well by Joss Whedon, with style and energy. It provides its fans with exactly what they desire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Whedon is the key reason why this $220-million behemoth of a movie is smartly thought out and executed with verve and precision. It may be overly long at two hours, 23 minutes, but so much is going on you might not even notice.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 2, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, "The Avengers" feels like the moment you've been waiting for.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2012
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Tasked with meeting the many requirements necessary for any Avengers movie to work, Whedon checks off all the boxes, then sets about creating new expectations for what a big superhero movie ought to be.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

May 2, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"The Avengers" is both a culminator and a set-up for more, more, more.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2012
James Berardinelli
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The Avengers kicks ass.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A saga guaranteed to pass muster with the Comic-Con cognoscenti, without forsaking regular popcorn munchers who just hope to see the planet get saved with maximum firepower and a few laughs.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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To watch another comic book transformed into another blockbuster is to "marvel" at much and to feel nothing - that's a safer bet than the converse, perhaps, which may explain the genre's popularity.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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If you're not much of a Marvel Comics person but just want to get an early start on your mindless summer moviegoing, well, I guess this picture is no stupider than anything else.

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May 2, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Whedon, the pop savant responsible for TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, straddles the line between sarcastic gab and pulp solemnity like Eli Manning on a fourth-down, go-it-alone jag.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The best thing about The Avengers, a multi-tentpole blockbuster that gathers half a dozen Marvel superheroes and unfurls them on a baddie from another planet, is that it also unleashes them on each other.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

May 1, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... the filmmakers behind The Avengers attack their task of creating a comic book superhero epic with not just conviction, but something almost resembling panache.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 1, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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This is a movie that knows and deeply loves its audience, but it's funny, smart and good-natured enough to please the rest of us, too.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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Whedon gets the vibe and the delights of Marvel comic books in the same way that Spielberg and Lucas intuitively understood the appeal of serials in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

May 1, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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After years of buildup, it's a reward to patient audiences who've been waiting for this team-up for years.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Whedon's investment in building this world is so complete that it captures the audience, as well.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 1, 2012
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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Even those who don't know a Marvel hero from a DC caped crusader will find themselves having a grand time. That's because Whedon manages to tap the inner fanboy and fangirl dormant in us all.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2012
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
Richard Roeper
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One of the great joys of Marvel's The Avengers is its sense of humor about itself.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 30, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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All hail Joss Whedon, the warrior king of this dizzying, dazzling 3D action epic. The Avengers is Transformers with a brain, a heart and a working sense of humor.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 30, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This mega-entertaining "Avengers" film is something comic fans have dreamed of since Marvel debuted the title almost 50 years ago.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 30, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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'The Avengers" is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. What it expertly is, is whelming.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The movie guarantees fast-paced fun without forcing anyone to think about what it all means, which is nothing.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 25, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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This is as close as cinema gets to a fairground ride: it's shiny, noisy and exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The dialogue sparkles as brightly as the special effects; these people may be wearing ridiculous costumes but they're well fleshed-out underneath. And so in every regard, this movie truly fulfills its hype.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 23, 2012
Justin Chang
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Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon's buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 20, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Whedon pulls off a stunning feat in bringing balance to this superhuman circus, engineered to charm the geek core and non-fans alike.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 20, 2012
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