Ant-Man and the Wasp

Critics Consensus

A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.

88%

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From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: "Ant-Man and The Wasp." In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

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Critic Reviews for Ant-Man and the Wasp

All Critics (397) | Top Critics (51)

  • This feels like the movie Oceans 8 should've been.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If the previous film was a bubbly champagne cocktail of a superhero movie, its sequel is something flatter and more concussive-akin to a series of vodka shots. Bottom line though, as long Paul Rudd is invited, it's still a party.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
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  • Its intent is limited to amusing and diverting for a couple of hours of high-summer fun. That it does.

    Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This a film that's difficult to actively dislike - Rudd and his equally charming co-stars take care of that - and fun in the moment, but there's precious little that lingers after the credits roll.

    Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The screenwriters (Rudd among them) frequently mock their own sci-fi jargon, their snarkiness the strong suit in a movie offering little else except souped-up car chases.

    Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • After 19 Marvel movies so far, and a growing sense of global self-importance (commercially and culturally), a throwaway superhero film is, in fact, just what we need.

    Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Ant-Man and the Wasp

  • Jan 31, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post longer reviews on here. I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    I heard a bug hit the windshield on my way home from the theater after seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp and genuinely felt bad about it. If that tells you anything about how well this movie will hit you. That isn't to say this superior sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is something of an emotional roller coaster that evokes real sympathy for characters that get minor in the most minor of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, but in some ways...it kind of does. In its earnest portrayal of these characters we come to easily invest in each of their plight's largely (isn't that ironic?) because they are dealing in stakes that are so personal and thus small when compared to that of the end of the world. Is it kind of ingenious? Yeah, a little bit considering Doctor Strange goes to another dimension to stop a blob called Dormammu from engulfing the earth and all things considered that should terrify me far more than if Paul Rudd's Scott Lang survives his last few days under house arrest, but it didn't and I would rather watch Ant-Man and the Wasp a hundred times over than sit through Doctor Strange again. The best part of that? Doctor Strange isn't a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, Strange is simply a generic and forgettable one in the scheme of the last decade of MCU films whereas director Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) and writers Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, as well as Rudd himself lend their movie a more memorable signature by allowing it to indulge in its inherent goofiness while simultaneously proving this isn't as cheesy an affair as it has to be. I mean, the basis of a super hero being a super hero because he shrinks down to the size of an insect and can then communicate with said insect is a premise wholly owed to whatever drug-induced haze Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby were in at the time (1962 to be exact) which isn't a bold claim considering Lee's cameo here hints at how crazy the sixties were, but the fact is despite their powers being corny and their abilities being used more so for their own agendas than maybe any other heroes in the MCU Reed is still able to execute and exhibit these technologies and the capabilities they enable in ways that are effective and dare I say it...even kind of cool. There are less than a handful of big action sequences here, but that doesn't matter because everything about Ant-Man and the Wasp is enjoyable, but more each of those few action sequences are crafted in ways where it feels every facet of who these characters are and the world they exist within is being utilized in creative and fun ways. This kind of passion for the material also assists with the level of compassion we, the audience, feels toward the characters and thus the level of investment we pledge to what is admittedly a less vital piece of the MCU puzzle. That Ant-Man and the Wasp challenges this precedent set by the first film is enough to solidify its worthiness among the ranks as well as its quality outside of them. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2018
    A fun and entertaining sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp delivers both thrills and laughs. While on house arrest for aiding Captain America, Scott Lang receives a vision from the Quantum Realm and is then abducted by Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne who have been working on a bridge to the Quantum Realm and believe that Scott's vision holds the key to succeeding; but a mysterious villain named Ghost appears and attempts to thwart their plans. Hannah John-Kamen makes for a good addition to the cast, as Ghost, and is able to bring something to the character; making her deadly in her desperation but also sympathetic. And Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly (or her stunt double), proves to be a worthy Marvel hero. Also, the production designers do some creative things with the shrinking and enlarging of various things (particularly during the car chases), and the look of the Quantum Realm. Yet there really aren't any significant stakes; the villains aren't trying to destroy or take over the world, and the heroes aren't trying to save it. Additionally, the violence seems to have been toned down so as to make the fights rather clean and bloodless. Lighthearted and action-packed, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a superhero adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2018
    Light entertainment for those devoted fans of Marvel jonesing for a fix after Infinity War, Pt.1, and the Black Panther entries. There's nothing here to distract from anything serious over there, and that's the biggest failure, that they didn't even try to outdo themselves. This is a mid-level entry meant to be a mid-level entry, and they succeed in that regard. It's like you wanted a burger, fries and a coke meal deal but only got the french fries. Nonetheless, every thing is done well. Above reproach. Eh. They added Larry Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer, heavy hitters, and asked them to bunt. What?!?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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