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X-Men (2000)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 28

Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 14

Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.



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One of the most popular superhero teams in comic book history finally comes to the screen in this big-budget adaptation of the long-running Marvel Comics series. Psychic Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) leads a school of skilled mutants called X-Men, a peacekeeping force to safeguard the world against a race of genetically mutated humans known as Homo Sapiens Superior. However, Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant with a powerful magnetic charge, has also begun to organize a team to strike first

Nov 21, 2000


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All Critics (156) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (28) | DVD (54)

The most beautiful, strange, and exciting comic-book movie since the original Batman.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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X-Men plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Apart from the brushed metal production design and pin-sharp camerawork, this offers only moderate excitement.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
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All these characters with their odd powers are inherently absurd and they throw a barrel of wrenches into the machinery of a coherent narrative.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (4)
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A rarity, a comic-book movie with a satisfying cinematic design and protagonists you want to watch.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The deft way that Singer and company have transferred the action comics to the big screen reps one of the best efforts since Superman II.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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These are superheroes who largely regret their powers because of the trouble that they bring.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Of course, the wide-open ending practically shrieks "sequel," so rest assured this is only the beginning of a new super-franchise. Here's hoping Joel Schumacher doesn't get his hands on it.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

X-Men's myriad of positive attributes generally compensate for its less-than-enthralling stretches.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.

January 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Good direction and talented ensemble

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

A very good comic book adaptation with great performances, true entertainment value, and wonderful direction...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A superb cast and spotless direction from Bryan Singer make this one a summer must-see, and a film that goes right alongside the first Batman and Superman as genre bests.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

As summer movies go, X-Men is remarkably crisp and economical.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

Relative newcomer Hugh Jackman is a real find as the brooding Wolverine.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Simply a fluffy, big screen version of a simple comic book -- nothing more, nothing less.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

What makes this film such a success is its seriousness on the subject of proper and improper responses to oppression, its unique and memorable characters, its cleverness and visual imagination, and its refusal to degenerate into a bloodbath.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Superior to any Batman except the 1989 movie.

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Comments (3)

Finally, a movie based on a comic book that actually succeeds.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

I don't say this often, but bring on the sequel.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Call it a gift from cinema heaven.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for X-Men

Everyone these days talks about how great Spider-Man, Batman Begins, or Superman Returns is, but they forget about the one film that made superhero movies popular again. Back when X-Men came out, I was blown away. I'd never seen a comic book movie have so much substance. The action was fantastic and this brand new talent named Hugh Jackman was destined to be a star.
The story revolves around a school for gifted youngsters. The general population refers to them as mutants, but they're really just like everyone else. Some of these "mutants" use the special power they've been given for good. They learn to harness their abilities and let them come out only when it is necessary. These extraordinary people are led by Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart.
Of course, there's another side to all of this. There are those who are using their unique traits for evil. Because of all of the hatred toward the mutants, the villains want to make everyone in the world a mutant. Their leader is Erik Lensherr, played by Ian McKellan, who is the perfect foil to Stewart's good natured character.
Our main characters are that of a wide eyed girl, Anna Paquin, and a battle hardened soldier, Hugh Jackman. Both come to the school for gifted youngsters looking for answers or possibly a new life. Like the audience, they're new to this world of mutants and aren't sure of what to make of their "super" powers.
Through the course of the film, we run into many other mutants, both good and evil. Each one has a purpose and there's a reason for their inclusion in the movie. It's easy to have a favorite character and I'm sure you'll have one by the end of the movie. The fun and adventure is pretty infectious.
One thing I've noticed about X-Men is that it seems to have been overshadowed and tossed aside because of all the other great movies of this genre that have come out since. Many people think that the sequel to this was even better, but true fans know otherwise. Each character, while we may not see much of them, has their own little scene. You'll remember them for something they do, even if they have just a few minutes of screen time.
X-Men is the perfect superhero movie. It has everything you want in that category and more. The fact that it ends up being an allegory for something in today's society only adds to the greatness of this story. You don't have to love these kinds of movies to love X-Men and that's one of the reasons why I loved it so much. I just wish they could make them like this all of the time. Stars 10-2007 (Updated)
August 18, 2014
Bruce Bruce

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I think they could have doen a little more, but it is a classic superhero flick in my eyes! I love how much they tried and succeeded with this great film. One of the best attempts of bringing a team of superheroes to life on the big screen. I enjoyed every bit of this film and I was left wanting so much more. The action sequences are great, the plot is quite intriguing, it's funny, engaging and just an awesome flick all around. Now this is what you call an entertaining film. Great movie!
May 22, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Well this certainly feels a bit dated these days, the very first X-Men film, the backbone of the modern comicbook adaptations craze, the one that started it all. Had this film not done as well as it did then we possibly wouldn't have all the superhero flicks we have today. Heck just looking at the films poster shows how far this genre has come, its positively awful, bland and extremely unimaginative, the two groups just standing there against a city skyline, eh?

I remember this coming out back in the day and I recall pretty much poo pooing it as an obvious looking lazy CGI filled cheese fest. Upon seeing the film I didn't actually like it all that much, mainly I think down to the lack of decent action. Low and behold yet again my personal tastes have changed with age and I find myself actually appreciating this film a lot more now. The plot naturally includes the origins of certain main characters and the introduction of the X-Men lead by 'Charles Xavier' and his school for the gifted (mutants). We are also introduced to the bad mutants lead by 'Magneto' and his dastardly plan to turn all the world leaders into mutants presumably so they know what its like to be a mutant.

'Storm? Sabretooth?...What do they call you? 'Wheels'? This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard'

The general plot may be simple but I do like the easy to understand similarities with real time age old issues such as prejudice discrimination and plain racism. Magneto's ('Erik Lehnsherr') family were German Jewish and killed by the Nazi's during WWII, so he had first hand experience of the effects a madman can have in power, himself being a Holocaust survivor. Ironically though Magneto himself turns into the thing he once survived and fought against as here he wants to exterminate the human race to protect the mutant race. Whilst Xavier wants to gain peace between humans and mutants Magneto is constantly trying to start a race war between them, not too subtle but hey it works.

The main thing I notice with this first film in retrospect is how much dialog there is and how little kickass action there is. There is a heck of a lot of exposition to take in as we learn about the various characters and their individual flaws and powers etc...But that's not to say its boring, not at all, its actually delivered very well and you want to know more, meet more mutants and see their powers. The action is sporadic and not exactly top dollar in all honesty, we mainly see 'Wolverine' getting into the odd scrap, mutants going up against the police but not killing any and the finale at the Statue of Liberty gives us some semi decent one on one action but the CGI and wire work is pretty hokey to be fair. Prime example being the scene where Wolverine does a 360 spin around a section of the Statue using his claw...looks real nasty.

Most of the characters are really well visualised and well cast there's no denying that, twas the worry at first, that these guys would all look ridiculous in their silly costumes. But no! almost every character is realistically designed and performed. The main three of course being Stewart, McKellen and Jackman all brilliantly cast adding such a classy authentic epic feel to the comicbook tomfoolery, Jackman being the main surprise as he was completely unknown. At the same time Marsden, Berry and Janssen also come across in a surprisingly believable fashion, none of these actors ever really come across as hammy which is some feat in this. The only characters that let the side down visually has to be 'Toad' and 'Sabretooth' both of whom look totally daft.

I'm not an X-Men fanboy so I don't know the ins and outs of the franchise but some things I do find a bit silly. For a start Toad is just a pointless character, his tongue, jumping and spitting green goo are his mutant super powers?? how is he useful? how does he crush a human by jumping on him? and why include him in this film?! The main main running quibble I have throughout has to be the invincibility thing going on. Wolverine especially is virtually unbeatable, you can't kill the guy so it seems pointless to have him fight at all, we know he can't die or get hurt. Then there's the fact that most mutants seems to be super strong...but why? OK they have unique powers but is a side effect to this automatically having super strength because they all have it apparently. How come Magneto can fly? he can manipulate metal but how does that enable him to fly? and how the hell does 'Rogue' get through even one day without being able to touch another human? Her super mutant power seems utterly pointless and more of a curse than anything surely as she can kill real easy.

In the end the film does start to crack towards the finale as things do get a tad stupid, inconsistencies with mutant power abilities, the fact no one notices all the commotion going on at the Statue of Liberty, all the destruction, 'Mystique' doubling as the Senator but showing her yellow eyes etc...I guess the main thing that made me think was simply...Magneto is kinda right, mutants should be very weary of humans, maybe not wipe them out but you can kinda see his angle, humans are a violent dangerous unpredictable species. On the other hand I dunno why he worries so much because in any war the mutants would win hands down.

The film isn't your standard comicbook flick gotta give it that, its not light-hearted silly kids stuff, there is a good solid serious tone to everything that does combine well with this material. Dealing with mutants as people who are treated differently because of their looks or abilities is a strong concept that many will relate to. Visually everything generally is quite realistic and doesn't look like a comicbook movie. The black leather outfits, big rich 'Wayne Manor-like' X-Men school, fancy super hi-tech gadgets/equipment and big black super jet are all cliched sure but obviously you need some fun fantasy elements. Despite being 14 years old this film still holds up well today and even better it still blends in with the whole X-Men franchise which has since moved on big time.
May 22, 2014

Super Reviewer

The success of X-Men began the comic book movie craze, so it's significance is undeniable. As a movie, it feels more like the obligatory pilot episode. It puts all the pieces into place, sets up the themes, and introduces some great characters. The lame action scenes, wonky dialogue, and vaguely explored social issues keep it from being a great stand alone film, but it sets the stage for a great franchise.
May 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Magneto: You know this plastic prison of theirs won't hold me forever. The war is still coming Charles and I intend to fight it. By any means necessary.
    2. Prof. Charles Xavier: And I will always be there...old friend.
    – Submitted by John P (3 months ago)
    1. Wolverine: Hey! it's me.
    2. Cyclops: Prove it!
    3. Wolverine: You're a dick.
    4. Cyclops: Okay.
    – Submitted by Evan T (14 months ago)
    1. Magneto: Let's point those claws of yours into a safer direction.
    – Submitted by Joe O (17 months ago)
    1. Magneto: Lets just say God works too slowly.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (21 months ago)
    1. Rogue: When they come out does it hurt?
    2. Wolverine: Every time.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (21 months ago)
    1. The Toad: Don't you people ever die?
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
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