The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.
A competently made, sporadically entertaining superhero action movie that will make a lot of money for Marvel and Fox.
| Original Score: B-
Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen - with actors and effects
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Vaughn still proves that he's a terrific and entertaining filmmaker, while still retaining a distinct style.
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.
One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: A-
There's something to be respected about a film that doesn't spend most of its time in mindless action
| Original Score: B
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.
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.
As a story of the founding of the mutant academy, First Class delivers on the double meaning of its title, twice.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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
| Original Score: 46/100
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.
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.
Not only the best X-Men film to date, but the best superhero flick yet.