Captain America: The First Avenger

2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

Critics Consensus

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

80%

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Total Count: 265

74%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 188,611
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Movie Info

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 Corvino
as Kruger's Aide
Sergio Covino
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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Audience Reviews for Captain America: The First Avenger

  • Jul 21, 2016
    One of marvels worst "Captain America: The First Avenger" falls short on almost all platforms. Its poorly treated story line is executed in a horrible fashion as it butchers a cool idea and some major breakout performances from Chris Evans and Haley Atwell. The action sequences in this movie are plain and unoriginal. The scenes with action provided the minimum in order to get the job done to introduce another character into the MCU. Thank god we got the Winter Soldier or Captain America films could've not been in the cards for marvel is they created another failed attempt at a Cap movie.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    3.5-4. Not bad, not outstanding. Mildly enjoyable but mostly forgettable.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2016
    Much like Iron Man 2, I wasn't a huge fan of The First Avenger the first time I watched this film years ago. But every single time I have watched it since, I have enjoyed it more and more. It has its cartoonish moments and an unmemorable performance from Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, but Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell bring so much charisma to the film that it's enough to outweigh some of the mishaps. Probably because we have been spoiled with how Joe and Anthony Russo have portrayed Captain America, but Joe Johnston doesn't get a ton of credit for his directing job. Granted, the film is uneven in tone at times and it has a certain amount of bombastic elements to its visuals, but The First Avenger is about as good of a job as you could do at introducing the man out of time. With the Avengers coming out merely a half a year after, the film had the task of giving a proper origin story to a man with morals structured around a completely different time period. It's the only true period piece Marvel has done as more than 90 percent of the film takes place in the 1940's as Cap receives super soldier serum in an attempt to counter Red Skull and Hydra's attacks. Red Skull felt much like every other Marvel villain, wasted. Weaving comes off as more cartoonish and James Bond-villain-like than the tone of the rest of the film. Even if that's who the character is in the comics, I think there were some changes that needed to be made. With that said, I really enjoy everything that's going on in the army, led by very solid performances from Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Hayley Atwell. Atwell is positioned as the love interest for Cap and it couldn't have been handled any better. Much like the film itself, their relationship in this film has grown on me over time. The First Avenger is an origin story through and through, but that doesn't stop it from having some cool action sequences both before and after Cap gets his suit. And of course, I have to mention the heroic score from Alan Silvestri. It was unfortunate that they didn't carry it over to The Winter Solider, but Henry Jackman ended up doing it justice. Overall, the most unique film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a solid way to introduce us to the undeniably likable Steve Rogers, even if it has plenty of faults both in front and behind the camera. +Cap & Peggy +Supporting performances +Silvestri's score +Evans' is so dang likable -Cartoonish Red Skull -Uneven directing 7.6/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2016
    I had a good time with Captain America: The First Avenger. It was a really good movie that I honestly appreciated more when I watched it again. Let me explain what I liked/disliked. Positives: 1. Characters; Chris Evans knocked it out of the park as Steve Rogers/Captain America. The effects work for Steve Rogers' skinny look was pretty impressive, it is kind of noticeable but for the most part its pretty impressive. I honestly felt for his character, the misery he feels was pretty emotional for me as I went through the same thing as he did. Once he turns into a beef cake he honestly just oozes awesomeness, Chris Evans is the definitive Captain America, I can't imagine another actor playing the character. I also liked Peggy Carter, hell she is so awesome that she has her own show I mean that says something! Tommy Lee Jones was Tommy Lee Jones, not much to say there all I can say is that he's awesome. Sebastian Stan is great as Bucky and the rest of the cast is great. 2. The look and feel; this film has great production design and I love the old school feel/look of this film. You honestly feel like you're in the 40s in this movie and Joe Johnston captures the timeline so well! 3. The villain; Hugo Weaving was really good as Red Skull, he could've been a little more compelling but for what he had to do for this film he did a great job! Negatives: 1. Tone at times and for most of the film; this film does have a dry feel to it and it does cause the film to feel boring at times. It doesn't bug me too much but I wanted some more energy. I'm not saying this film has to blow its load with tons of spectacle but I just wanted it to tone down on its dullness. 2. There is an over reliance on CGI and unfortunately some of it looks painfully noticeable and bad, especially the CGI used for the plane runway scene where Captain America is riding in the car, the CGI looked really bad I'm sorry. There are other scenes that are like that too that do take me out of the film at times. Overall: Captain America: The First Avenger was really good I liked the old school feel of the film as well as the characters and action sequences. The dry feel did kind of effect the film for me a little and it might bug some people, but if you can look past it this film is very solid with fun set pieces and it all lends to a really good movie that stands as a film of its own not necessarily a superhero explosion extravaganza... which come to think of it, the next movie is.... yay!
    Diyar G Super Reviewer

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