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X-Men: First Class (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 243
Fresh: 212 | Rotten: 31

With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 14

With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

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X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. -- (C) Fox

Sep 9, 2011

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The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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As X-Men films go, this one gets the job done and is certainly better than Last Stand or Wolverine. But there are still just too darn many X-Men.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (51)
New Yorker
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It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (7)
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This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (18)
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New decade; same ol' same ol'.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (15)
Time Out New York
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A competently made, sporadically entertaining superhero action movie that will make a lot of money for Marvel and Fox.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen - with actors and effects

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Magneto used to be a globe-trotting Bond-a-like and Xavier was a beer-chugging ladies man? Admit it, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart suddenly seem much more interesting.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

As visually impressive as X-Men: First Class can be, Vaughn is a natural storyteller and he never loses sight of what the big picture is.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This new entry to the "X-Men" saga will please fans and non-fans of the comic book heroes alike, shaking things up by giving us a little something new from the franchise.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Matthew Vaughn still proves that he's a terrific and entertaining filmmaker, while still retaining a distinct style.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

Comic-book lovers, fans of alternate history, and fantasy-prone moviegoers in general are all sure to find something to love about X-Men: First Class.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Comments (14)
Movie Dearest

A first-rate action film with great special effects and an effective origin tale to tell--perhaps the best of the X-Men series so far.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

With so many characters to introduce or reintroduce, Vaughn has a lot of ground to cover, and he does it in a way that at once feels retro and modern.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

There's something to be respected about a film that doesn't spend most of its time in mindless action

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

While it never reaches the intelligence or character richness of the first two X-Men films, it's still the superior superhero spectacle of 2011 to date.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

As a story of the founding of the mutant academy, First Class delivers on the double meaning of its title, twice.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

In Matthew Vaughn's pitch-perfect, fluid, sparklingly edited movie, we learn about demons. And wouldn't you know it? It's all about Jewish revenge.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Comments (3)
Bangitout.com

Its attributes and weaknesses can be broken down into two categories: the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and everything else

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

In a summer unfortunately glutted with superhero movies, every one an origins story, X-Men: First Class not only eclipses its competition, but also each of its franchise predecessors.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

First Class might even be too good for its predecessors' comfort. An unintended consequence of its sure handed grip on character is the retroactive tarnishing of the original films.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Not only the best X-Men film to date, but the best superhero flick yet.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (10)
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Audience Reviews for X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn writes and directs a superb origin film of the uncanny Marvel mutant-militia. X-Men: First Class is classy, filled with action, style and moving performances from a young ensemble (McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence) The film is possible one of the best, if not, the best of edition of the X-Men saga. 4.5/5
September 16, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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A young post graduate with the power to read minds joins with a holocaust victim with powers of magnetism to found a CIA sponsored training program for newly empowered mutants in the 1960s. X-Men: First Class is really what the first film SHOULD have been. Instead of the clumsy and constant exposition of the original, it expands on the best scene of the film featuring the first manifestation of Magneto's powers and shows the origins of his relationship with Xavier and how their ideologies and methods diverged. Not only that, but it does it with wit and style and the 60s setting gives it an epic quality that plays out on a world stage in history as well as some very cool old school Bond imagery provided by SFX legend John Dykstra. The only real weakness lies in its being the victim of the franchise's own continuity. The story was crying out for the original team but because most of the central characters have already been "used up", the supporting cast include non-characters like Darwin, and quite how Angel made the cut I'll never know (this fact is thrown into sharp relief by a brilliant cameo by Hugh Jackman). This is also true of the villains; Shaw and Emma Frost are not fully explored but still interesting but Azazel (who?) and erm...the other one, are completely anonymous and I can't remember either of them uttering a word. Still, this film is all about the double act of McAvoy and Fassbender and their interplay is brilliant., setting up a potentially fantastic new direction for the series. Not quite the measure of X2, but a worthy runner up.
August 9, 2013
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The problem with this film is its too soon since the trilogy and isn't needed, the whole film felt poor in every aspect especially the dreadful effects throughout the film. Bad use of greenscreen and CGI made action sequences look very average, the characters looked plain silly, The Beast makeup was just terrible compared to 'Last Stand', Azazel looked like a bad halloween job and Mystique just looked poor...very poor indeed. Her transformation effects were terrible! not a patch on the trilogy.

Its not all bad I admit as the first 30min of the film is pretty solid stuff with good character building mainly with 'Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto', we also get a nice recruitment sequence to boot, always a winning move that, nice to see the different characters brought together into a team ready for action. The same build up for the baddies is also good with plot building surrounding Shaw and Frost just a shame we don't get anything for their henchmen eg. Azazel.

I think the film designers did well to make the film look dated back to the 60's with sets, designs, wardrobe and dressings, the X-Men outfits are pretty decent too much like the black numbers from the trilogy, but of course the main casting is probably the best thing in the film. Bacon, Fassbender and McAvoy all add a much needed element of class to the film which is sorely lacking from the younger cast who are all pretty dire to say the least. In short the three main guys save the film with straight stoic performances which are believeable and they do look kinda similar to the earlier films.

I still had issues with the film as it concluded, the constant 'side swapping' that happens here and there with the characters, why does Magneto suddenly decide to go against Xavier at the end? why does Mystique go with Magneto when she loves Beast? why did Angel go with Shaw? why at the end does almost everyone just go off with Magneto dumping Xavier? also should Shaw and Darwin get killed? I read differently about their comic book incarnations, and how come Magneto can fly all of a sudden at the end? guess I'm not fanboy enough huh.

In the end this just felt strained, some things looked good whilst other things were pretty bad. But remember this is an honest review from a guy in the middle, I'm not gonna say its a great film simply because everyone else says it is and its the new X-Men film. If its poor I will say so and this was deeply average.
August 8, 2013
phubbs1

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    1. Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto: Let's just say I'm Frankenstein's monster... and I'm looking for my creator
    – Submitted by Sheriea J (5 months ago)
    1. William Stryker: I've seen this before in a magic show. Are you going to ask us to think of a number from 1 to 10?
    – Submitted by vijeyta R (9 months ago)
    1. Erik Lensherr: They don't have a name. It was taken from them by pig farmers and tailors.
    – Submitted by vijeyta R (9 months ago)
    1. Professor Charles Xavier: But I'd rather ask you about the Jupiter missile's that America is currently putting in Turkey.
    – Submitted by vijeyta R (11 months ago)
    1. Sean Cassidy/Banshee: Man i wanted to be Mystique!
    2. Raven Darkholme / Mystique: Well tough i called it.
    3. Raven Darkholme / Mystique: And i'm way more mysterious than you.
    – Submitted by vijeyta R (11 months ago)
    1. Colonel Hendry: I knew better than to trust you. Now you give me back my money or I will pull this pin and we all die.
    2. Sebastian Shaw: Go ahead, pull it.
    3. Colonel Hendry: I swear to god I'll do it.
    4. Sebastian Shaw: No you won't but I will.
    – Submitted by vijeyta R (11 months ago)
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