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Black Panther Reviews

February 19, 2018
When it comes to creative visuals, engaging action and likable characters, "Black Panther" stands confidently next to the best fare offered up by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 17, 2018
Whether or not this is the best film Marvel Studios has made to date-and it is clearly in the discussion-it is by far the most thought-provoking.
February 16, 2018
The identity politics provide a fresh spin to the genre's increasingly tedious narrative formula.
February 16, 2018
Jordan has swagger to spare, with those rolling shoulders, but there's a breath of charm, too, all the more seductive in the overblown atmosphere of Marvel. He's twice as pantherish as the Panther.
February 16, 2018
Coogler is trying for a lot of things in Black Panther, probably too many, but there is also a winning modesty to his ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 16, 2018
Ultimately, it's more interesting to think about than it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2018
It's uniquely satisfying popcorn entertainment, a triumphant trifecta of subject matter, talent and timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 15, 2018
A big and bold change of focus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Black Panther" pushes past many of the clichéd plot devices, archetypes and formulas of standard comic book blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2018
Black Panther could have been just another Marvel romp-a fun but ultimately disposable entry in the studio's catalogue. But Ryan Coogler and company had the power, and perhaps the responsibility, to do much more. And they did.
February 15, 2018
One of the year's best films, and one that transcends the superhero genre to emerge as an epic of operatic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 15, 2018
Believe the hype: "Black Panther" transcends its comic-book origins, achieving a mythic grandeur that's nothing short of exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 15, 2018
The richness of the visual palette here is dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 14, 2018
This is an origin story, globe-trotting spy thriller and fantasy, all in one. The movie manages to be part of, but something completely different than, the Marvel superhero movies that came before.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 14, 2018
It is a terrifically entertaining film, alive from the start, following its Marvel mission (for good and bad) while rising above it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 14, 2018
This is 2018's first great motion picture - a title that will surely be remembered when "end of the year" bests are discussed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2018
Black Panther is one of the best superhero movies of the century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 14, 2018
To the infinite credit of Coogler and his team, Black Panther fights constantly and bitterly against the familiar constraints of Disney's superhero industrial complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2018
It's very, very good -- in its best scenes, exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2018
It is modern, sharp and cool, honoring the past as well as the present, and pushing the boundaries of the genre past what audiences are used to from superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 14, 2018
May Marvel learn its lesson from "Black Panther": When a movie like this ends up feeling both personal and vital, you've done something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2018
Chadwick Boseman commands every moment of this film, radiating probity and purpose, and it's only later on that you realize that, with another actor, this wouldn't have been a sure thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2018
It's taken a decade and 18 films, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally produced a superhero movie that feels like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 14, 2018
Coogler is a young filmmaker - this is just his third feature, following "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed" (two fine and very different films) - but he marshals this world with confidence and flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2018
Like all the best comics movies, this one's got a villain (Michael B. Jordan) so compelling he nearly steals the show from the hero (Chadwick Boseman).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2018
Coogler builds a thrilling, exciting world, and threads throughout it a story filled with pathos and real-world gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2018
... a film that fulfills the most rote demands of superhero spectacle, yet does so with style and subtexts that feel bracingly, joyfully groundbreaking.
February 13, 2018
This is a movie whose political theory matches its stunning special effects.
February 12, 2018
For all their global dominance, everybody wants these superhero movies to be better: funnier, smarter, more inclusive, more super. A huge step in the right direction, Black Panther is that dream come true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2018
The movie has a beating heart, and a big one; it's not just sincere, but that rarest of birds in the jungle of mainstream entertainment, a heartfelt epic.
Top Critic
February 12, 2018
Black Panther is a story we haven't seen told before in popular cinema - a story about black people completely untouched by colonialism, who exist entirely outside the global systems of institutionalized racism.
February 11, 2018
Visually, "Black Panther" is often spectacular...It's warriors with spears and force-field shields. It's aircraft that soar and swoop like birds over the Serengeti. It's "Blade Runner" in Dar es Salaam instead of L.A.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 9, 2018
Coogler and his team have conjured a universe and fleshed out its players, one existing (honestly, thriving) in the even bigger cinematic universe that is Marvel.
February 7, 2018
Rarely has a superhero origin story been as satisfying as Black Panther, which in many ways doesn't feel like a typical Marvel movie - and more power to that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 7, 2018
"Black Panther" matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2018
Black Panther is set largely in Wakanda, with a detour to South Korea. Still, there's no shaking the feeling that this is what America looks like when it's allowed to be its truest, freest self. That's a superhero challenge if ever there was one.
February 6, 2018
While ultimately an action-adventure, Black Panther also serves as an intelligent if broad debate between revolutionary rhetoric and the responsibilities of leadership.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 6, 2018
Black Panther is every bit as good as you were hoping. Actually -- it's better. A terrific screenplay from Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole elevates this thing way beyond the usual boundaries of the Marvel Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2018
You believe in T'Challa, you believe in Wakanda, and you believe - maybe for the first time - that the MCU actually matters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 6, 2018
It's easy to lament how long it took to bring Black Panther to the big screen. But at least the wait was worth it.
February 6, 2018
Black Panther pounces toward the head of the class in a way that should make the King, and his key subjects, a cornerstone of an already-formidable roster.
February 6, 2018
When "Black Panther" works, it's thrillingly alive.
February 6, 2018
We didn't know we'd been yearning for it until it arrived, but now that it's here it's unmistakable that the wait for a film like "Black Panther" has been way longer than it should have been.
February 6, 2018
Coogler has proven he can play in the big boys' house.
February 6, 2018
Most big studio fantasies take you out for a joy ride only to hit the same exhausted story and franchise-expanding beats. Not this one.
February 6, 2018
While the themes are deep, Black Panther is at the same time a visual joy to behold, with confident quirkiness, insane action sequences and special effects, and the glorious reveal of Wakanda,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2018
Black Panther celebrates its hero's heritage while delivering one of Marvel's most all-around appealing standalone installments to date.
February 6, 2018
Thank God for the women beside [Boseman], including his regal mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett), brainiac baby sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), and fearless warrior-protector Okoye (Danai Gurira). They're indomitable, and so gorgeously, vividly drawn.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 6, 2018
With uncanny timing, Marvel takes its superheroes into a domain they've never inhabited before and is all the better for it in Black Panther.
February 6, 2018
Say this about Black Panther, which raises movie escapism very near the level of art: You've never seen anything like it in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4