Marvel's The Avengers Reviews

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May 8, 2012
Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.
May 8, 2012
If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.
May 4, 2012
A movie that yells at you and geeks out in equal measures.
May 4, 2012
Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.
May 4, 2012
A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...
May 3, 2012
Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd.
May 3, 2012
The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.
May 3, 2012
The film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.
May 3, 2012
It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.
May 3, 2012
Its primary purpose is not to explore or subvert the superhero movie, but to lay the groundwork for more of them.
May 3, 2012
A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.
Top Critic
May 3, 2012
The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.
May 3, 2012
Whedon knows how to be self-aware without getting overly cute about it. He has fun highlighting each character's neurosis and knows which personalities clash to greatest effect.
May 3, 2012
Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives.
May 3, 2012
Biff! Bam! Boring!
May 3, 2012
Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.
May 3, 2012
The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.
May 3, 2012
A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.
May 3, 2012
There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right.
May 3, 2012
It's a first-class production all around, from the acting to the 3-D special effects to the touches of wit throughout. It delivers, in grand style, the thing we demand most from a comic-book movie: fun.
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