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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Reviews

August 3, 2017
It is without question an important film today, and a quintessential product of the America we inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2016
A movie that beats you into submission and makes you wonder if the sun will ever come out again.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 25, 2016
Batman v Superman is a tiresome, ill-tempered film, and one too lazy even to earn its dismal outlook.
March 25, 2016
When in doubt, [Snyder] simply slings another ingredient into the mix, be it an irradiated monster, an explosion on government premises, or the sharp smack of masonry on skull.
March 24, 2016
If only the film actually had depth, along with a little levity to lighten the bulk in the script, the visual murk and the sonic overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
March 24, 2016
A ponderous, smothering, over-pixelated zeppelin crash of a movie scored by a choir that sounds like it's being drowned in lava.
Top Critic
March 24, 2016
It's freighted not so much with entertainment value as it is with enough talk of fallen gods, absent parents, and dissolute heroes to fuel a Greek tragedy. And ... director Zack Snyder seems convinced that that's what he's making.
March 24, 2016
[A] glum, cool-toned behemoth that labors to lay groundwork for a DC cinematic universe while setting up two famous characters on a collision course, and lobs out big ideas like an underprepared undergrad sweatily pitching off-the-cuff thesis topics.
March 24, 2016
The film might be pretty to look at, but narratively speaking, it is a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 24, 2016
Underdeveloped, overlong and stupendously dispiriting.
March 24, 2016
Snyder delivers a superhero epic that's a significant improvement on his work on its predecessor, "Man of Steel."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2016
Batman v Superman is kind of dopey and plays out some laborious plot twists in the DC narrative at unnecessary length, but as I've already said it largely kept me entertained for two and a half hours, which is not nothing.
March 23, 2016
Although viewers may be riveted at times, the net experience isn't much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2016
Did you ever think you'd long for the horrible puns and scenery chewing of the campy '90s Batman movies?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2016
Blunt, humorless, and baffling, it collides the brutish directorial stamp of its director (he of 300 and Watchmen fame) with the most shameless instincts of our latter-day superhero franchise bubble.
March 23, 2016
In the words of The Joker in a far better Batman movie: "Why so serious?"
March 23, 2016
Eventually the script's illogic and the relentless pounding of the action scenes wear you down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2016
While the Marvel universe, now owned by Disney, is glib and sunny, it's a nice echo of Warner's past as a home to gangsters and gritty melodramas to find its DC world operating very much on the dark end of the street.
March 23, 2016
DC and Snyder jammed a lot into "Batman v Superman" to get back into the game. And it often works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2016
It is an interesting idea of a film created by people who have no earthly idea how to do it, a quasi-epic without a thimbleful of wit, style or rooting interest in either of its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 23, 2016
Rather than escapism and sensory exhilaration, viewers get down in the mire with protagonists who grimace, scowl and wince their way through heroics with the joyless determination of shift workers making the doughnuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2016
The studio has, in the usual way, begged and bullied critics not to reveal plot points, and I wouldn't dream of denying you the thrill of discovering just how overstuffed and preposterous a movie narrative can be.
March 23, 2016
In a word, exhausting. In a few more, overblown, overstuffed, repetitive, bombastic, and sometimes just dumb. (Never mind dreary to look at and punishing to hear.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 23, 2016
A joyless slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
March 23, 2016
Shouldn't all this geeky property colliding still at least be entertaining? Shouldn't it play to the cheap seats instead of wallowing in the murk?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 23, 2016
Not as bad as Bush v. Gore, but close.
March 23, 2016
It's a shame that Batman v Superman is also a storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: "disjunctivitis."
March 23, 2016
Snyder sets his story within our modern world and attempts to fashion a kind of commentary on the media and the current geopolitical situation. What he has crafted instead is a grotesque expression of modern emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 23, 2016
For those who go to the movies to see coherent narratives, [this] is Hollywood's latest exercise in fan service...taking the usual screenplay ingredients of logic, reason and character motivation, tossing it all in a blender and filming the scraps.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 23, 2016
There's a gravitas here that even the staleist of comic book tropes can't diminish. Snyder, who directed Man of Steel and the failed comic book adaptation Watchmen, is nothing less than respectful. The effects aren't bad, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2016
Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with insipid moral quandaries, this joyless slog isn't a superhero film so much as it is an excruciating therapy session with huge explosions and guys in capes.
March 23, 2016
A popcorn film - and this is a popcorn film - should never feel like Sunday night homework.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2016
Questions regarding violence and mayhem are drowned out by violence and mayhem. Such is the superhero life as directed by Zack Snyder. There is no problem that can't be solved with a cranium-rattling explosion or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2016
The movie's not bad but it doubles down on its least-interesting and potent elements at the expense of those that actually work.
March 22, 2016
When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder. When it drags, it still looks good and offers hints of a better scene just around the corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2016
A near-total drag, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice plays like a loose, unofficial quarter-billion-dollar remake of The Odd Couple, in which Oscar and Felix are literally trying to kill each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 22, 2016
The heavyweight title bout between Batman and Superman is a smash to the senses, the same way being tossed around in a rollover car accident would jolt one's system.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 22, 2016
[Plays] less like a prequel for the JLA then a greatest-hits medley of every superhero movie ever made -- a little Dark Knight Rises here, a bit of Batman Begins there, all spiced up with some X-Men topicality. The thing is, none of it convinces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2016
There's enough mythic raw material sunk deep in every scene that you can piece together a classic in your mind if you're feeling charitable; but if you aren't, Batman v Superman will seem like a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2016
As superhero spectacles go, Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a grand one, with a mondo-operatic climax and a final shot infused with quivering, exhilarating molecules of grace. It's also not much fun.
March 22, 2016
Snyder, juiced up by Hans Zimmer's caffeinated score, throws everything at the screen until resistance is futile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2016
Overlong, underdeveloped and almost entirely humorless, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may please die-hard fans by pitting two DC icons against each other. Everyone else may want to wait for the next Marvel movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 22, 2016
It hurtles not with the kinetic momentum of Mad Max: Fury Road nor the comparatively spry skip of a Marvel movie, but with an operatic grandeur it sometimes earns and often doesn't.
March 22, 2016
Constantly threatening to collapse from self-seriousness, this epic has way too much of everything, including CGI and Oscar winners up the wazoo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2016
Half of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is brilliant. Unfortunately, the other half of Zack Snyder's epic-length superhero movie is so bloated that it blunts the effect of the good stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2016
And what of the title's promised skirmish? That face-off between two comics legends becomes but one in a series of big things bashing into other big things, which is what Snyder and writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer mistake for storytelling.
March 22, 2016
BvS will please those either waiting for the two main players to lock horns on a movie screen, or those who've just been pining for Wonder Woman forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2016
As a pure visual spectacle, however, Batman V Superman ably blows the hinges off the multiplex doors, and editor David Brenner does excellent work to comprehensibly streamline the chaos, capably captured by d.p. Larry Fong.
March 22, 2016
As its title implies, "Batman v Superman" plays like a mashup of things we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 22, 2016
It's another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 installments. Is it too late to demand a rematch?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 22, 2016
The film may be imposing, but it's not fun.
March 22, 2016
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel duke it out and the audience loses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2016
If there's any justice, dawning or otherwise, at the multiplex, audiences will reject Zack Snyder's lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mélange, a $250 million tombstone for a genre in dire need of a break.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5