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X-Men: First Class (2011)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 244
Fresh: 213 | 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.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 33 | 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/Vulture
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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: TheWrap
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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)
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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: | Comments (7)
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This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise

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

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (15)
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X-Men: First class doesn't quite live up to its title, but incoming director Matthew Vaughn gets enough right to put the tired franchise back on track. Some of the teen mutant stuff is silly, but Fassbender is - wait for it - magnetic.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

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

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:

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:

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
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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:

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
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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: | Comments (3)

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:

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
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Audience Reviews for X-Men: First Class

Here it is, the triumph of salvation, the revival of the dead franchise, and the start to a new level in superhero films. X-Men: First Class takes us back to the roots of the beginning of the friendship of Charles and Eric, who are the creators of the school for gifted youngsters. As they gather a team to take down the evil villain who is in control of starting a nuclear war. This film truly shows the bonds of friendship and how fast someone can be betrayed. By the end of the film, everything fits and you are ready to watch the franchise in order again. I have no complaints, and this film just may be the best in the series. With amazing storytelling, a brilliant cast of characters & actors, cool effects, great performances, and a beginning to a franchise that needed to be made in order to let people know that there is no more playing around. X-Men may have faded into the shadows over time, but now it is back with a vengeance and there is no time for fun and games. X-Men is back and better than ever. This film is truly brilliant! Not only as a superhero film, but also as a film that knows what it is going for, and what audience it is trying to attract. I severely recommend you see this film as fast as you possibly can! Do not wait for DVD, you have no idea what you are missing! This film is fantastic!
May 22, 2014
KJ Proulx

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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 possibly one of the best, if not, the best of edition of the X-Men saga. 4.5/5
May 19, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

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Matthew Vaughn's prequel puts the series back on track. With a younger, all new cast and Kevin Bacon giving the performance of his career, X-Men First Class is the best X-Men film yet. Set in the early 1960s, the story uses the looming Cold War to examine the tensions between humans and mutants. It juggles multiple characters evenly and gives every character an identity and a motive. Not to mention the action scenes kick ass. Here's hoping the next X-Men film is equally as strong.
May 12, 2014

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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 (10 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 (14 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 (14 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 (16 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 (16 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 (16 months ago)
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