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Captain America: Civil War Reviews

August 3, 2017
It is one of the best movies to ever come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, balancing engaging action set pieces and witty dialogue with intelligent character studies and ethical debates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2016
The fact that a Marvel movie dares to question the big, shiny spectacle that is its bread and butter - and acknowledge that untold thousands die in the name of entertainment - seems rather novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2016
The motto of the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, appears to be: If you can make it happen, do it. Don't hold back.
May 7, 2016
As they did in Winter Soldier, the Russos have achieved an uncommon balance of plot and action, humor and drama, all of it once again deeply grounded in character.
Top Critic
May 6, 2016
It's the Vibranium standard for super-team flicks.
May 6, 2016
Civil War reminds us it's OK to enjoy a few laughs, even while diabolical villains plot doom, outraged citizens demand accountability and your best pal mistrusts you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2016
In the end this is a movie about friendships and conflict, and what can happen when the latter overwhelms the former. It's about two genuine heroes who can't reconcile their obligations and duties with the friendship they both cherish.
May 5, 2016
Downey Jr. persists in trying to give a real performance in these Marvel movies, and, against all odds, succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 5, 2016
Dependable, reliable, comforting - like ordering at a chain restaurant. You know what kind of meal you're going to get every time, and you'll most likely enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2016
Simply put, when it comes to juggling multiple superheroes in a single movie, Marvel's latest comes close to setting the standard. And the studio, as well as the villagers, should have cause to rejoice.
May 5, 2016
Mostly, this one registers as sound and fury, signifying sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 5, 2016
The filmmakers ... understand that they've built up a vast ensemble of character types, all of them played by better-than-average actors, and that they can mix and match the drama, comedy, or action as they see fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2016
A comic book extravaganza that's enhanced by wit and audacity, not to mention the sort of action that only mountains of money can buy.
May 5, 2016
After the first two "Captain America" entries, the finest comic-book movies of the last five years, this one is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2016
The players salvage this thing with their acting and awesome thighs, and the fun really kicks in when Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) join the squabble in an exhilarating airport sequence.
May 5, 2016
"Captain America: Civil War" does not in any way transcend the conventions of the genre. On the contrary: It succeeds because it doesn't really try.
May 5, 2016
Much of "Captain America: Civil War" is just the laborious working-out of leftover dangling plot elements from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" two summers ago.
Top Critic
May 5, 2016
Captain America: Civil War is a comic book pulped into today's newspaper.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 5, 2016
To the short list of superhero flicks that exceed expectations, add "Captain America: Civil War."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2016
A little too rambling at two and a half hours, but otherwise just the right shade of light and bright for a movie about superheroes fighting superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2016
There are about ten movies going on in "Captain America: Civil War," which is at least seven too many. The good news is, most of them are fun, and there are enough rousing moments to elevate the movie to Marvel's top tier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2016
Who emerges as the winner of this "Civil War"? The audience. The picture delivers in a big, big way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2016
If you live and breathe Marvel, this is one of the MCU's stronger offerings. If you are a spy coming in from the cold, the answer is not so clear.
May 4, 2016
Suffice it to say that, rather than psychic powers or super-strength, casting has always been the Marvel movies' secret weapon. That holds true here, up to and including charismatic newcomers Chadwick Boseman [and] Tom Holland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2016
Fun, happily, is one of the many ingredients in copious supply here. When you include Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, how could it not be? Then again, there isn't a lot of room for him, so he's kind of wedged in there, but it's pretty swell when he's around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2016
With every new installment of the comic book franchise, the scale gets bigger, relationships get trickier, new forces enter the fray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2016
With Civil War, Marvel Studios has proven, once again, that the world's heroes remain in good hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2016
It all escalates into a group showdown that's gloriously fun and genuinely sad, because if you've made it through eight years of Marvel features, you care about these quippy oddballs and their imperfect alliance.
May 4, 2016
The most impressive superpower on display in Captain America: Civil War... is the whole team's ability to give an escapist comic book movie an intelligent sense of connection to life in the modern world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2016
A house divided against itself cannot stand. But in the case of Captain America: Civil War, a divided house brings out the best in this supersized superhero franchise.
May 4, 2016
Downey is enough to make you think that an Avengers movie with no action at all might still be good. It might even be an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2016
As far as big superhero mash-ups are concerned, this one whets the appetite without providing a satisfying main course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2016
Sure, it's too much and way too familiar. But Captain America: Civil War brings the fun, the fierce and the fireworks. Summer, we have liftoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2016
If you do not count Guardians of the Galaxy -- because it remains an eccentric outlier -- Civil War now easily ranks as the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 3, 2016
Kudos to co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo and the team of writers for juggling more than a dozen comic-book characters and nearly that many plot lines, and only occasionally getting us (and by us I mean ME) lost in the Geek Weeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2016
Nothing in Civil War takes your breath away... Little in story terms is what you'd call daisy fresh. But almost everything in it works on its own prescribed terms, and the quiet moments register.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2016
Civil War, at its best, is blessedly light on its superhero-booted feet.
Top Critic
May 3, 2016
It does prove, if Marvel hasn't already, that something can be both a load-bearing act of brand extension and a nimble, colorful blast of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 3, 2016
In the race with DC Comics, Marvel still comes out on top when it comes to fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2016
It's a rollicking and action-packed extravaganza in which every superhero has a moment to shine.
May 3, 2016
While it lacks the sense of surprise of [the last film], its mix of action, humor, effects, the introduction of a new character and the reintroduction of an old one strikes just the right tone for a film that is as much about marketing as moviemaking.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2016
The summer movie season has barely begun, and already the remedy for superhero film fatigue has arrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2016
The third "Captain America" film entertains relentlessly, which is to say loudly and busily, but with enough humor and intelligence to make it seem less pandering than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2016
Civil War is both a Captain America sequel and a third Avengers movie, and that's more than any movie could possibly pull off. It does the best it can, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 3, 2016
Bragging just a bit - see how many franchise characters we've got, DC? - Marvel practically doubles the number of superheroes for this movie. And it's too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 2, 2016
Marvel makes it funny, and that charm and care is what has and will keep audiences coming back over and over again.
May 2, 2016
The best way to think of Captain America: Civil War is as a toy box in which the sheer quantity of toys partly makes up for the lack of anything new.
April 28, 2016
These films no longer have to delight and surprise us; no, their job now is to manage the brand, not screw anything up too royally, and keep us hooked for the next installment. Civil War pulls all that off mostly well.
April 27, 2016
Marvel movies don't get much better than this. The trouble is, they don't want to.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 26, 2016
Plotwise, there's a lot of ground to cover in Civil War (even at two-and-a-half hours). But the Russos juggle all of the murky motivations and shifting alliances with impressive deftness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 21, 2016
Packed to bursting with the one ingredient 'Batman v Superman' lacked: joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2016
Tear away the powers, abilities and egos, though, and the third Captain America movie is at its core a deep exploration of friendship and family and what sacrifices should be made to hold onto both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2016
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo continue to mine their experience with TV comedies, juggling all the members of their superhero family with a playful touch that both informs character interaction and delivers vital breathing room in between battles.
April 13, 2016
Call it "civil war" or call it brand extension; call it a "cinematic universe" or a corporate behemoth - the latest Marvel extravaganza furthers the studio's cross-pollination of action franchises in a way that's sure to satisfy devotees.
April 13, 2016
The most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.