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Avengers: Age of Ultron Reviews

May 4, 2015
Fans of the franchise will be pleased, but those looking in from the outside of comic-book culture may find themselves also looking at their watches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 4, 2015
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5
May 3, 2015
More does not necessarily equal better; here, more is just ... meh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2015
The sharp, interpersonal dramedy that made the first movie such a delight is again present in flashes, but not infrequently it is drowned out by the noisy, inevitable need to Save the World.
May 1, 2015
For the most part, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is the hard-charging, mind-boggling spectacle fans are looking for. Smash indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 1, 2015
World-saving is no longer a surprise to these characters. It's work. Grunt work. For them. For us.
Top Critic
April 30, 2015
It is, in short, more disposable than the mere mortal blockbusters it was designed to outpace. This should defy Marvel Studios mathematics. How can a movie with more stuff than its predecessors be less fun?
April 30, 2015
The thing's a behemoth. And as the franchise thunders on, it's also becoming more and more a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2015
The amazing thing about Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it's reasonably enjoyable while feeling less like a movie than an epic sowing of seeds for multiple Marvel properties.
April 30, 2015
Age of Ultron disappoints not because it's irredeemably bad but because it fails to achieve the level of its predecessor in nearly every facet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2015
Whedon & Co. provide more than enough glib jokes, FX spectacles and sweet human insights to make Age of Ultron a popcorn must for the rest of us in need of a little comic-book wisdom right about now.
April 30, 2015
Writer-director Joss Whedon attempts to inject just enough human drama into these noisy proceedings to keep it from turning into a Transformers-style crashathon.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 30, 2015
The film is a work of craft, from the actors like Mr. Downey, who can deliver a comic line with the timing of a mouse trap, to the editors, Jeffrey Ford and Lisa Lassek, upon whom so much of the movie's very elegant fluidity rests ...
April 30, 2015
At this point the Marvel superhero movies are as machine-tooled as a Prius, and this one sticks closely to the blueprint that's made them box office titans.
April 30, 2015
You can sense that Mr. Whedon, having helped build a universal earnings machine with the first "Avengers," has now struggled mightily, touchingly, to invest this behemoth with some life.
April 30, 2015
By making the Avengers snarky rivals as well as brothers and sisters in arms, franchise Big Brain Joss Whedon injects exactly what such a noisy spectacle needs: a dollop of charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2015
As before, the greatest fun is in watching the original Avengers, all fine actors who've made the characters their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2015
"Age of Ultron" has self-aware laughs, grandiose themes and the best effects that money can buy. But at this point, it will take true vision to plot the umpteen sequels without getting trapped in a time loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2015
As he did in the first "Avengers," writer-director Joss Whedon avoids the fatal trap of comic-book self-seriousness, leavening a baggy, busy, overpopulated story with zippy one-liners, quippy asides and an overarching tone of jaunty good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2015
An entertaining package of characters and ideas that manages to be a whole lot more than the first film while also being a little bit less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2015
A middling film, yet it's so heavy with Joss Whedon's sweat that it never feels like a lazy cash-in --- which for a preordained summer megahit is an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 29, 2015
It feels as if this comic book franchise has become a never-ending cinema story. If future films are as well realized as Ultron, that's fine by me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2015
It would be silly to pretend that Avengers: Age of Ultron isn't good at what it does, that it's not proficient at delivering superhero thrills for those who crave them most.
April 29, 2015
The climactic act of "Age of Ultron" is full of colossal ka-booms and special effects, but it also has heft and reason and a bass-note of emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2015
Age of Ultron is all rush and sensation with little substance. But what a feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2015
Like the first one, Avengers: Age of Ultron was written and directed by Joss Whedon, among whose many virtues is an indelible, infallible touch with character, which is important because in Ultron he has to introduce them at a furious rate.
April 29, 2015
Whedon is mostly up to the task of keeping all his balls in the air, though he's not above using some glib speechmaking and ridiculous action to divert your attention and keep your questions at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 29, 2015
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is supercharged and lifeless, frenetic and stone-cold dead, a barrage of action scenes that look fake, yet make you wonder if fake is the new real.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 29, 2015
There is much to like about "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." There was much to love about "The Avengers," and therein lies the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 29, 2015
Writing and directing "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Joss Whedon proves he has a superpower of his own: mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2015
Lovable characters, just the right amount of humor and spectacular action make "Ultron" a worthy bridge to whatever happens next in The Avengers' universe.
April 28, 2015
Sure, this is the A Team of comic book superstars, but overextended sequences don't make them any more impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2015
Age of Ultron, then, shows what happens when an unstoppable force (Joss Whedon's imagination) meets an immovable object (the Disney/Marvel behemoth).
April 28, 2015
Joss Whedon shows his considerable gifts for multicharacter air traffic control in a massive 3-D spectacle while demonstrating reserves of insouciance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
April 28, 2015
Whedon gets the elastic physical reality of comic books, and he knows how to frame a shot as though it were a splash panel come to life... But by the fifth digital showdown, the endless CGI spectacle begins to feel a little numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 28, 2015
No one can quibble with the efforts of the actors. Marvel cast well, and continues to expand their parts or add fascinating new players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 28, 2015
"Age of Ultron" proves that a movie with stealth fighter jets, levitating cities and Hulk-on-robot fisticuffs can be as freewheeling as a no-budget indie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2015
Entertaining as much of "Avengers 2" is, especially when it's just hanging out with the gang in between scuffles (the "Guardians of the Galaxy" lesson, learned), Whedon's picture meets expectations without exceeding them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2015
Thin on story, crowded with characters and padded with extraneous action. In other words, a sure hit!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2015
Most of these characters are great fun, and there are still stories to tell. So why not do it, instead of telling and retelling the same tale, only bigger?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2015
This movie is fine, honestly. I rather liked it.
April 27, 2015
It aims to please. And, for the most part, this superhero extravaganza hits the bull's-eye with all the precision of Jeremy Renner's arrow-slinging Hawkeye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2015
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a kinetic, wicked mix of muscle and magic. Look no further if you want a world of superpowered freaks and geeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2015
First, you try to understand what the hell is going on. Then you slowly realize that you will never understand what is going on. And, last, you wind up with the distinct impression that, if there was anything to understand, it wasn't worth the sweat.
April 24, 2015
Whedon takes a few wrong turns, creating a jumble when the action gets too thick. But he recovers like a pro, devising a spectacle that's epic in every sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2015
I walked out of the theater feeling like the survivor of an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2015
The movie's action sequences and sequel-baiting suck up much of its oxygen, and the magnitude of battles dwarf the smaller moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2015
Marvel's latest is its biggest, baddest installment yet, but it's the little moments that make it work - in part, because Joss Whedon is so good at them.
April 21, 2015
It looks great, but haven't we been here before?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 21, 2015
Marvel movie die-hards will come away having found nuggets of pleasure, but those who complain about superhero sagas will find plenty to support their arguments here.
April 21, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron succeeds in the top priority of creating a worthy opponent for its superheroes and giving the latter a few new things to do, but this time the action scenes don't always measure up ...
April 21, 2015
It has a definite mid-season feel to it, telling a compelling but never game-changing story while laying the foundations for the epic, two-part Infinity War due in 2018.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2015
If this is what the apotheosis of branded, big-studio entertainment has come to look like in 2015, we could be doing much worse. Unlike its title character, "Age of Ultron" most definitely has soul.