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Captain America: The First Avenger Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It's difficult to dislike "Captain America" too much, because it's harmless and innocuous and, unlike almost every other tentpole summer movie, isn't secretly trying to give the audience a seizure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A lifeless and clichéd action film that never lives up to its title or its title characters' ideals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 1, 2011
Where are the iconic moments in these movies; the classic lines, the signature set pieces, the golden cues? Brand awareness is high but surely that wasn't the limit of the new studio's ambition?
Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine
July 22, 2011
While not a terrible film, Captain America lacks the edge necessary to truly capture viewers' imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
July 24, 2011
While not a terrible film, Captain America lacks edge necessary to excite viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Alonso Duralde
July 20, 2011
The details in Captain America deliver, but the big moments fall flat - you can tell that we're intended to cheer here, to weep there, but the scenes that try hardest to elicit emotions just feel deflated.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 21, 2011
Captain America's metabolism, Peggy tells him, burns energy four times faster than the average person's. The movie's metabolism burns out.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2011
In terms of even recent films, Captain America lacks the deft touch, appealing character interaction and sophisticated storytelling skills of Marvel Comics' X-Men: First Class.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 20, 2011
Captain America has a decent amount of heart and retro appeal, although neither can compensate for what is otherwise a rather ordinary comic book film.
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Richard Roeper
July 22, 2011
Director Joe Johnston has fun with the myth of Captain America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2011
Saddled with a boring present-day prologue and an anti-climactic present-day epilogue that leaves the movie without an ending.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 19, 2011
[A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D.
Chris Barsanti
July 21, 2011
As muscular, stiff, shiny, and dull as its star
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Laremy Legel
July 22, 2011
A forced love angle and vapid dialogue dooms Captain America.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 20, 2011
A capable, if somewhat unremarkable, affair, beset by the same origin-story shortcomings that plagued another U.S.-virtue-via-army-weaponry fable, Iron Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
August 25, 2011
"Looks great and hits all the right notes but never truly puts the pedal to the metal."
Sarah Boslaugh
July 22, 2011
If you get bored during this film (I certainly did, despite all the eye candy on screen) you can amuse yourself by deciding which of the characters has the worst German accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
July 24, 2011
A few flashes of greatness appearing throughout, all but ruined by one of the worst 3D transfers of the year
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
July 21, 2011
Downside is the influence of modern technology, shining up a 1940's hero with glossy 2011 filmmaking tools, making the picture resemble more of a video game than an epic realization of jumbo comic book details.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Geoff Berkshire
July 20, 2011
The least inspired and engaging entry in the summer's superhero onslaught.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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