Take the superpowers out and you have a pretty good foundation for a Bond or Mission:Impossible. And that's a pretty revolutionary idea for the comic book niche.
Matthew Vaughn guides the film with a sure hand, allowing plenty of room for the dramatics to unfold without getting too dark or serious
| Original Score: 3/4
by concentrating less and less on the humanity of the story as the film progresses, and more and more of cheap tricks and flat supporting roles, [it] shortchanges itself and the audience
| Original Score: 3/5
The best "comic book" movie I have seen in some time. Good cast, good acting, good special effects - the whole production was first class.
| Original Score: 8/10
Good effects and themes overcome a glaring plot hole.
The characters are well-drawn and the story is compelling. The acting is solid and the special effects and action scenes are well-done.
| Original Score: B
What's next? How about a flick where the D-Day assault on the beach at Normandy is led by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
| Original Score: 4/4
Reboot brings youth, wisdom, and a politically open mind to the summer action flick
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This prequel offers a good deal of fun
Gruelingly antiseptic... an exercise in the ill-paced, the redundant, and the flat-out boring.
| Original Score: 4/10
Serviceable but seems more dutiful than dynamic, and is muddled by all sorts of random false notes.
| Original Score: C
The entire film is a hackneyed exercise.
It reinvigorates the series with a sense of purpose and direction. It's exactly what the professor ordered to make the heroes of 'X-Men' seem super again.
Fassbender, McAvoy, Lawrence, Bacon and the mutants they play make this something more than just an ordinary superhero flick.
| Original Score: 7/10
I'll admit that I was completely jazzed.
The result is a weird and unstable experience, and I wish I could say I gave in to the lightweight escapism.
X-Men may not take your breath away - director Matthew Vaughn is a kinetic director but he lacks personality and still can't handle emotional beats - but it has enormous pulp watchability.
| Original Score: 4/5
A marvelous achievement, and one that fixes the mistakes Bryan Singer made...
It may not be subtle, but it is a return to what made the series so good in the first place [and is] the first X-Men movie to contain some truly spectacular action/special-effects set pieces.
It's evident how much detail and time the CG team has invested into making the audience believe what they see is real.