X-Men Reviews

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 15, 2015
The X-Men comic books have spawned a cottage industry of mutant characters, and the movie helps make sense of these legions while offering the established fan base something new to cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 15, 2015
Exciting mainly because anything can happen and does, the movie drags a bit as it approaches a climax set on top of the Statue of Liberty. But once there it revives.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 15, 2015
This is a film that should satisfy fans of the hugely popular comic book and audiences who can't tell one uncanny X-Man from another. Mutants rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 15, 2015
The script could be a lot snappier, particularly during some virtually unexplained rivalry banter between Marsden and Jackman, but X-Men is a decent start to what will no doubt be an immensely profitable series of negligible but enjoyable summer movies.
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 15, 2013
The most beautiful, strange, and exciting comic-book movie since the original Batman.
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Jeff Giles
Newsweek
July 6, 2010
X-Men, it must be said, has only a few truly thrilling moments. This is not a picture that tries to blow you out of your seat. But more than any other big movie this summer, it has a consistently inventive vision.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 17, 2007
X-Men plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
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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.
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May 27, 2006
It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
All these characters with their odd powers are inherently absurd and they throw a barrel of wrenches into the machinery of a coherent narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
A rarity, a comic-book movie with a satisfying cinematic design and protagonists you want to watch.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 8, 2001
A distinctively absorbing entertainment, offering just enough popcorn thrills for mass audiences and just enough chewiness for hardcore sci-fi fans.
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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.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The direction sometimes lacks vibrancy and occasionally obscures the action and special effects.
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
X-men is fitfully satisfying.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It's darker, more complex and far more substantive than anything in the Superman or Batman cinematic series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Sleek, entertaining and stacked with flashy special effects.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
An accomplished piece of work with considerable pulp watchability to it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The film is effectively paced with a good balance of exposition, character development, and special effects-enhanced action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This feast of fantasy is worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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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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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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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
If you're a fan of those Marvel Comics mainstays -- Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey -- this is your lucky day.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Visually entertaining.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
An entertaining adaptation of the classic comic book, boasting excellent special effects and sets.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
X-Men could have been a lot worse.
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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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
X-cess is the biggest problem with X-Men.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The film is stranded between too many poles to be effective on any level.
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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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
It ain't saying much but, when it comes to stoopid fun, X-Men could be the summer movie to beat.
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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
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
One must give credit for the film's cheeky attitude to director Bryan Singer.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
X-Men will exceed your expectations.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
X-Men crosses its X with a flourish.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a film X-Men fans can embrace and action fans in general can appreciate.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
An engaging popcorn movie in a summer that's littered with duds.