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The Avengers Reviews

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Gene Seymour
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2014
The movie lets [Fiennes and Thurman] down with a patchwork climax that feels rushed and perfunctory.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 8, 2014
The new Avengers is dismal in dispiriting, dreary ways, and Ralph Fiennes, playing Macnee's part, is a particular disaster.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 8, 2014
Some bad movies are bold outrages; many others become hits. This one hasn't the juice to be either.
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David Bianculli
New York Daily News
July 8, 2014
This Avengers film is so horrendously, painfully and thoroughly awful, it gives other cinematic clunkers like Ishtar and Howard the Duck a good name.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
July 8, 2014
Neither elegant nor macho nor elegant-and-macho, Fiennes is terribly cast; Thurman at least provides the equivalent of a dressmaker's dummy on which to hang neo-mod fashions.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 8, 2014
This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2014
Why would this film's creative team start with one of the cleverest series ever and make such a limp, leaden movie? I fail to see the connection.
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July 8, 2014
As the eccentric master villain who controls the weather, even Sean Connery is flat-out terrible, acting high on the hog.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 8, 2014
Somebody call Austin Powers, quick!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
July 8, 2014
To answer the question at hand, yes, The Avengers is pretty bad. Not slip-a-disk-running-from-the-theater kind of bad, but a shift-in-your-seat, "oh-for-goodness'-sake-get-on-with-it!" kind of bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2014
This movie -- gaudy, grandiloquent and often staggeringly silly -- is one more example of how bloated and top-heavy many "event" action movies have become.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 8, 2014
The Avengers is, without a doubt, the worst movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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January 30, 2009
What's missing is chemistry: the right blend of seriousness and whimsy, and charmingly compelling interplay between leads Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, who turn in lackluster perfs.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
It seemed like a good idea, but the more you think about it, the clearer it becomes that The Avengers should never have been turned into a movie.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The trouble is, the film's decadence isn't a put-on, it is, simply, depressingly, degeneratively, decadent.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This film's viewers must be avenged
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This film is an absolute mess. It looks like the regurgitated leavings of something watchable, a cinematic abomination that got pulled apart and put back together so many times that it lost all semblance of coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
Your guess would be as good as mine as to exactly what's supposed to be going on in Jeremiah Chechik's The Avengers, and that's even if you haven't seen the movie.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a completely botched effort -- botched in its direction, its writing and editing.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
At a pared-down, barely rational 100 minutes, The Avengers is short but not short enough.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Maybe actors should be given some benefit of the doubt when they're directed by a total incompetent like Chechik, but everyone in The Avengers is stupefyingly awful.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 1998
Did anyone really think it would work? Critically savaged, already an embarrassing failure at the box office, The Avengers is a big, spinning Wiffle ball of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+