Captain America: The First Avenger

2011

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Critic Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.

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Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.) -- (C) Paramount

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Cast

Chris Evans
as Captain America/Steve Rogers
Tommy Lee Jones
as Colonel Chester Phillips
Hugo Weaving
as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull
Hayley Atwell
as Peggy Carter
Sebastian Stan
as James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
Dominic Cooper
as Howard Stark
Richard Armitage
as Heinz Kruger
Stanley Tucci
as Dr. Abraham Erskine
Toby Jones
as Dr. Arnim Zola
Neal McDonough
as Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan
Derek Luke
as Gabe Jones
Kenneth Choi
as Jim Morita
J.J. Feild
as Montgomery Falsworth
Bruno Ricci
as Jacques Dernier
Lex Shrapnel
as Gilmore Hodge
Michael Brandon
as Senator Brandt
Martin T. Sherman
as Brandt's Aide
Natalie Dormer
as Pvt. Lorraine
Oscar Pearce
as Search Team Leader
William Hope
as SHIELD Lieutenant
Nicholas Pinnock
as SHIELD Tech
David Bradley
as Tower Keeper
Leander Deeny
as Steve Rogers Double/Barman
Sam Hoare
as Nervous Recruit
Simon Kunz
as 4F Doctor
Kieran O'Connor
as Loud Jerk
Doug Cockle
as Young Doctor
Ben Batt
as Enlistment Office MP
Damon J. Driver
as Sergeant Duffy
David McKail
as Johann Schmidt's Artist
Amanda Walker
as Antique Store Owner
Richard Freeman
as SSR Doctor
Katherine Press
as Project Rebirth Nurse
Sergio Covino
as Kruger's Aide
Sergio Corvino
as Kruger's Aide
Marcello Walton
as Undercover Bum
Vincent Montuel
as Undercover Bum
Fabrizio Santino
as Kruger's Driver
Maxwell Newman
as Boy at Dock
Jan Pohl
as Hutter
Erich Redman
as Schneider
Rosanna Hoult
as Star-Spangled Singer
Naomi Slights
as Star-Spangled Singer
Kirsty Mather
as Star-Spangled Singer
Megan Sanderson
as Kid in USO Audience
Darren Simpson
as Kid in USO Audience
Fernanda Toker
as Newsstand Mom
Laura Haddock
as Autograph Seeker
James Payton
as "Adolph Hitler"
Ronan Raftery
as Army Heckler
Nick Hendrix
as Army Heckler
Luke Allen-Gale
as Army Heckler
Jack Gordon
as Army Heckler
Ben Uttley
as HYDRA Guard/HYDRA Pilot
Kevin Millington
as Stark's Engineer
Patrick Monckeberg
as Manager Velt
Peter Stark
as HYDRA Lieutenant
Amanda Righetti
as SHIELD Agent
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Critic Reviews for Captain America: The First Avenger

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (46)

The story squanders its own fine setup.

Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It doesn't try too hard for irony or style; the comic-book sensibility remains pure, square, and happily stupid.

Aug 1, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Pacy and punchy, but not quite a knockout.

Jul 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Comic book fans are likely to appreciate Captain America, which does a good job of consolidating the disparate origin aspects of the character into something easily digestible.

Jul 22, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie looks wonderful.

Jul 22, 2011 | Full Review…

Kudos, then, to the creators of Captain America's big-screen blockbuster for keeping the action rooted in the past; except for some brief present-day bookends.

Jul 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Captain America: The First Avenger

I'm someone who, I think like everyone else when hearing about this, thought that there would never be a good incarnation of Captain America, especially since the colossal failure of a film in the 90s. Boy was I and the rest of the world fooled when this came out. I think the main reason that many people were really skeptical about the film was probably due to how a superhero film probably wouldn't do as well as it could or wouldn't be as serious as it could be since it takes place in the 40s during WWII and sine Captain america, was more of a piece for its time when it was made, so people felt that the Nazi shtick would probably get old after a while, especially since it had been done in so many films and video games prior. Also Chris Evans also might've been a major reason people were worried about the films, especially since he played another Marvel superhero prior and that didn't go over that well *CoughHumanTorchCough.* But thankfully Evans does a fantastic job as the Captain and all the other actors do great jobs too and don't make any of the characters too stupid or cheesy unlike how other 40s era films made in the 90s, 2000s and on have been (Red Tails anyone?) Hugo Weaving being my favorite of all the characters, I mean you already are golden with a combination like that already. incredibly good villain actor and actor in general, and one of my favorite Superhero villains BAM (Plus that makeup is amazing). And while the films plot may not be as good as some other superhero films, it still is an enjoyable movie with that set aside and is pretty faithful to the comics as is. If you like action movies that don't prefer the typical aliens, robots, explosions bang bang movies made nowadays, you'd probably like this movie.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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½

Another forgettable prequel to The Avengers that doesn't seem to be something of its own, with a plot that is mostly dull, action scenes that are unimpressive for a superhero movie, and a poorly developed villain with uninspired plans of destroying the world.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An exact application of the Marvel Superhero Origin Story Template. The lack of interesting backstory or a truly "super" power makes for a boring outing from the usually reliable stable. Hugo Weaving was great in a mask again, though.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Excellent film! Marvel continues to roll in the big money with successful super hero movies. Captain America easily captured the taste and flavor of WW2 and the origin of the First Avenger.

John Manard
John Manard

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