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Captain Marvel Reviews

March 12, 2019
The problem is with the corporate anticulture that controls these productions-and the fandom-targeted demagogy that they're made to fulfill-which responsible casting can't overcome alone.
March 11, 2019
Lacking the wit and graphic oomph that sometimes rescues the Marvel franchise from terminal fatigue, "Captain Marvel" is yet another origin story for yet another superhero.
March 8, 2019
The film may be about women breaking their shackles, but the lead actress feels kept in check for much of the picture. Humor winds up being provided by Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury, heart by Lashana Lynch's Maria Rambeau, and pathos by...well, it ain't Larson
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 8, 2019
Does it work? The short answer is: yes. There's enough to keep both diehard Marvel fans and newcomers engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2019
Superhero cinema has lectured us, ad infinitum, on the responsibility that is conferred by extraordinary gifts. Praise be to Larson, for reminding us that they can be bringers of fun.
March 8, 2019
Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a formidable force and a welcome addition to the MCU.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2019
The breakout character of "Captain Marvel" may wind up being an adorable cat named Goose, whose cuteness seems destined to launch thousands of social media posts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2019
In the grand scheme of the Marvel Universe, however, "Captain Marvel" feels like a supporting player, not a featured attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 7, 2019
The film looks great on an IMAX screen, Larson is sublime and the fantastical plot is buoyed throughout with lots of good-natured humour - reason enough to wish a return engagement for Captain Marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2019
Captain Marvel is such a welcome and appealing addition to the Marvel universe that I wish she could be added, retroactively, to all of the extant "Avengers" movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2019
This woman is a candidate for genuine heroism. Yet there's a fundamental dissonance between the depth of her plight and the shallow disorganization of the script...
March 6, 2019
Larson can turn a moment as slight as walking into frame and blowing a strand of hair out of her face into an uproarious, powerful visual beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2019
At full strength... Captain Marvel is a goddess emitting her own light - an astral version of Liberty at the battlements, sublime and terrifying.
March 6, 2019
Without making a fuss, it's a movie about regaining oneself and one's values in a universe where the boys are busy fighting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2019
While it may be a Marvel movie, it shares a deeper spiritual DNA with movies like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, than it does, say, Ant-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2019
Bizarrely, Captain Marvel is less interested in fleshing out its own hero than it is in filling in the blanks of the MCU.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2019
This plays like the kind of generic comic book movie that was in vogue 15 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2019
The girl power (and grrl power) ring out loud and clear, if a bit hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2019
Good thing it's still March. "Captain Marvel" would have made a weak start to the summer blockbuster season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2019
You could ding it for convoluted plotting and a retro style that flattens the usual Marvel fireworks. But a dynamite Brie Larson gives hell to cosmic villains and sexist trolls. And an orange feline named Goose is the best movie cat ever!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2019
Neither a blast from the past, nor an inspiring glimpse into the future, at the end of the day it's just another Marvel movie. And not a particularly good one, at that.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 5, 2019
Its mid-'90s setting gives the film retro flair, and its girl-power soundtrack, blasting Garbage and Hole, will win over any '90s girl's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2019
As shaky and unfocused as Captain Marvel often seems, it manages to reach its destination with confidence. In the end, Larson sticks the landing, albeit with something more muted than absolute triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2019
A plucky and pleasing, if predictable, excursion that burns brightly, if briefly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2019
Larson does get a few opportunities in Captain Marvel to be that regular, flawed-but-strong human-there just aren't enough of them, and they're hardly the focus of the movie.
March 5, 2019
It succeeds more as an amusing fill-in-the-blanks Marvel backstory provider than a confident, stand-alone tale of a woman discovering her fierceness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2019
It's not too long, not too self-important, and benefits from the craft and talent of a cast that includes Annette Bening, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn.
March 5, 2019
More of a solid building block for future endeavors than a must-see solo adventure.
March 5, 2019
Absolutely grounds itself in the '90s, even evoking a riot grrrl-adjacent feeling, buoyed by a soundtrack that features almost exclusively rock fronted by female voices - a reminder of an era that showed so much promise for brash, loud women.
March 5, 2019
It's a real treat to see Carol Danvers find her footing and her wings, so to speak, while at the same time Nick Fury is taking the first steps toward becoming NICK FURY.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 5, 2019
The movie's treatment of its source material is clever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 5, 2019
How's Larson? She's more than good enough for this job. It's not her loosest work, but few, if any, good actors deliver their loosest work in a superhero movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2019
Only the most dedicated Marvel fans will follow this Captain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2019
Although Larson's heroine is still a work in progress, "Captain Marvel" lays a solid foundation to follow her wherever she flies next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2019
The character, even when kicking ass, is a total bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 5, 2019
"Captain Marvel" ultimately feels more obligatory than inspired, a movie that basically gets the job done and little more.
Top Critic
March 5, 2019
Marvel has been churning out million-dollar superhero blockbusters for over a decade now. They know how to do them - and you know how to watch them.
March 5, 2019
Like its tough, smart heroine, "Captain Marvel" dances to its own beat; it's an origin story that isn't structured as an origin story but gets there all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2019
It's everything you might expect a sci-fi superhero movie to be, if you hadn't seen one in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 5, 2019
The first female-led movie of the MCU deserved more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2019
It's not only heroes who can have superpowers, movies can have them too, and you can add "Captain Marvel" to the small list of those that do.
March 5, 2019
The picture is not dull, exactly, just mundane, marked by unimaginative plotting, cut-rate villains, a bland visual style and a lack of elan in every department.
March 5, 2019
In any case, Captain Marvel is an entertaining new part of the saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2019
[Boden and Fleck] have brought off something exciting, embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed.
March 5, 2019
Scenes between Fury and Larson's Carol Danvers, rediscovering her human past, are oddly inert, and the film's much-vaunted feminism, promised in months of run-up advertising and interviews, gets short-shrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5