X-Men Reviews

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Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
July 15, 2015
When the big battle between Magneto and Xavier's forces gets going, you have lightning bolts, steel claws, magnetic fields, explosive red rays and flyaway tongues. It's a variety show, and all the acts have rushed onstage at once.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The events that end the movie are sort of anticlimactic, and the special effects, while energetic, are not as persuasive as they might be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
X-Men lacks the style and substance of such top-drawer science-fiction movies as The Matrix or The Empire Strikes Back.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Apart from the brushed metal production design and pin-sharp camerawork, this offers only moderate excitement.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...done with such remarkable visual style, you might not notice its want of substance.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
I'm sure that regular fans of the comic book will find some inside jokes amusing, but I didn't find much humor and grew weary of the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Clumsy when it should be light on its feet, the movie takes itself even more seriously than the comic book and its fans do, which is a superheroic achievement.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Had it simply ignored or abbreviated the inescapably hackneyed origin stuff, the movie might have been in a position to break some ground.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
What X-Men offers are outrageous makeup and costumes, gaudy overproduction and that bland, dopey dialogue.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The film is a mixed bag with the promise of a better sequel.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
It sucks that this choppily edited film appears rushed and incoherent in ways that cheat the story of its human resonance and the stunts of their anticipated pow.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
Singer offers barely a whisper of a film, one that's likely to disappoint fan boys and bore the uninitiated.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
X-Men might be a lumbering entertainment instead of a pretentious social drama, but that doesn't give Singer the right to throw forward such irresponsible messages.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 14, 2001
These days, with technology being what it is, we really shouldn't be as willing to forgive slapdash storytelling in the face of amazing visuals,
| Original Score: 3
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Die-hard action fans may cheer, but if you're looking for the romantic verve of Superman or the dreamlike edginess of Batman, this isn't the comic-book movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
the obvious result of endless script rewrites from a parade of big-shot Hollywood writers who were never in sync with each other
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
January 1, 2000
The film is stranded between too many poles to be effective on any level.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
X-Men fights a skewed, rerun version of yesterday's battles.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
The latest failed attempt to build a cinematic franchise on the popularity of a superhero comic.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Few characters get much opportunity to hold our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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