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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)



Critic Consensus: Overloaded action and a cliched villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men: Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.

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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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James McAvoy
as Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender
as Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence
as Raven/Mystique
Oscar Isaac
as Apocalypse
Nicholas Hoult
as Hank McCoy / Beast
Rose Byrne
as Moira MacTaggert
Tye Sheridan
as Scott Summers / Cyclops
Sophie Turner
as Jean Grey
Olivia Munn
as Betsy Braddock/Psylocke
Lucas Till
as Alex Summers / Havok
Evan Peters
as Peter / Quicksilver
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Alexandra Shipp
as Ororo Munroe / Storm
Josh Helman
as Col. William Stryker
Lana Condor
as Jubilee
Ben Hardy
as Angel
Abdulla Hamam
as Lead Conspiracy Guard
Hesham Hammoud
as Conspirator Guard
Antonio Daniel Hidalgo
as Conspirator Guard
Al Maini
as High Priest
Berge Garabedian
as Old Apocalypse
Ally Sheedy
as Scott's Teacher
Anthony Konechny
as School Jock
Emma Elle Paterson
as School Cheerleader
Manuel Sinor
as Fight Announcer
Gustave Ouimet
as Defeated "Blob"
Lukas Penar
as Electric Panel Guard
Ryan Hollyman
as Mr. Summers
Joanne Boland
as Mrs. Summers
Nabeel ElKhafif
as Falafel Shop Owner
Nabeel El Khafif
as Falafel Shop Owner
Manuel Tadros
as Clan Akkaba Leader
Abanoub Andraous
as Clan Akkaba Disciple
Aladeen Tawfeek
as Clan Akkaba Disciple
Davide Chiazzese
as Cairo Shoe Shop Vendor
Boris Sichon
as Polish Worker
Martin Skorek
as Lead Polish Inspector
Michael Terlecki
as Polish Police Archer
Osman Ahmed
as Threatening Cairo Vendor
Ziad Ghanem
as Egyptian Street Vendor
Moataz Fathi
as Egyptian Street Vendor
James Loye
as CNN Reporter
Zehra Leverman
as Ms. Maximoff
Herbert Luft
as News Anchor
Stan Lee
as Himself
Joanie Lee
as Herself
Stephen Bogaert
as Pentagon General Hastings
John Bourgeois
as Pentagon General Radford
Conrad Coates
as Pentagon General Fields
Dan Lett
as Defense Secretary Weisberg
Adrian G. Griffiths
as Military Official Brown
Shawn Campbell
as Miltary Submarine Official
Joe Cobden
as Air Force Official
Henry Hallowell
as Foyer Student
Danielle Dury
as Fish Bowl Girl
Naomi Frenette
as Kissing Girl
AJ Risi
as Kissing Guy
Raphaël Dury
as Computer Guy
Ian Rosenberg
as Darts Guy
Allen Keng
as Student in Drapes
Mary-Pier Gaudet
as Students in Drapes
Josh Madryga
as Student in Drapes
Scott Cooke
as Student in Drapes
Tally Rodin
as Student in Drapes
Scott Cook
as Student in Drapes
Francis Limoges
as Table Surfing Student
Tsu Ching Yu
as Table Surfing Student
Tsu-Ching Yu
as Table Surfing Student
Karl Walcott
as Alkali Soldier
Desmond Campbell
as Alkali Guard
Ian Geldart
as Alkali Communications Officer
John Ottman
as Confused Tech
Linda Joyce Nourse
as Kenyan Teacher
Zeljko Ivanek
as Pentagon Scientist
Christopher B. MacCabe
as Fishing Boat Captain
Chris Cavener
as Fisherman
Ronald Tremblay
as Fisherman
Joseph Bellerose
as Harbor Master
Sebastien Teller
as Russian Submarine Sailor
Philipp Hartmann
as Harbor Employee
Alexander Peganov
as Russian Submarine Sailor
Simon Therrien
as US Weapons Technician
Patrice Martre
as US Weapons Technician
James Malloch
as Mystery Man
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Critic Reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse

All Critics (289) | Top Critics (45)

It's basically a closing chapter to a feeble trilogy that started out pretty well and then ran out of gas, and now must serve as a prequel to shadowy X-related endeavors yet to come.

May 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some of the franchise stalwarts, such as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, are given too little to do. Most are given too much.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Without a compelling villain, it's hard to resist feeling like it's just more of the (mutated) same.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Comic fans will be mystified. Movie fans will be confused. Everyone will leave disappointed.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's no spark, and everyone lumbers through the motions. The apocalypse, it turns out, is deadly dull.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Enough already. Singer throws so much mutant at us that nothing sticks. I was almost rooting for Trump to impose a quota.

May 27, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse

When X-Men movies first hit the silver screen the world was staggering from the comic book films of the late 1990's (I'm looking at you Batman and Robin and Spawn). The concept of adapting super heroes was just not as viable as it is today. The X-Men series is the odd franchise that has been rebooted, but is still tied to its former self more tightly with timeline swaps creating a convoluted mess that becomes more and more confusing with each additional movie. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in Egypt where Apocalypse (Oscar Issacs) is being transferred into another body, merging his powers with the powers of his new host. A coup renders him buried hundreds of feet below the ground in perpetual hibernation, waiting for the day that he can be rejuvenated by the sun. Obviously he is released and begins the process of taking control of the world back from humans- he feels that he is their god. He recruits four mutants (the four horsemen), one of them being Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who, after experiencing another tragedy, now feels that humanity is evil and needs to be exterminated. This leads to a confrontation with Professor X (James McAvoy) and his team of X-Men. Bryan Singer is the mastermind of the X-Men franchise, helming four of the installments. After continuous disaster porn offerings in comic book films it really isn't a surprise that a film with the sub title Apocalypse should also contain massive destruction. It doesn't seem quite as bad as other comic book films, but it's still there and is starting to wear thin on viewers. The film holds itself together, but it does have issues. There are pairings that don't really fire on all cylinders, leaving an awkward feeling in the film when it really wasn't intended. The problem is that these intermingle with moments in the film that really work so when you get going into the movie and become heavily invested the film hits the breaks with awkwardness and pulls the viewer right out of it. This is all secondary when you get to the tacked on scene that is just there so that we can have a gratuitous Hugh Jackman cameo. To sum up that part of the film, it was not needed at all and the film could have been fine with it cut from the final product. Discarding it would have made the film a tighter piece and better in the long run. But it gets you hyped for the next film, right? X-Men: Apocalypse is probably the weakest of the current X-Men franchise. The film blatantly sets up Logan, but where does this series go from here? Is there a future with this franchise in this form or will another reboot be in order? Time will tell. All in all this is a respectable film if you can get past the issues it contains. A decent super hero film as long as you don't expect too much out of it.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer


Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse brings the apocalypse, but never delivers the apocalypse. Running over 2 hours and a lot of mutants to go around, X-Men: Apocalypse houses some entertainment value, but never fully busts out of its shell. Trying to find the time for each character is not an easy task and the plot has both successes and failures in this area. With that said, the moderate pace makes the film easy to follow without much drag. With heavy reliance on CG, the visuals are a mixed bag. Certain elements look brilliant, while others are a step down. The look and design of the characters deserve some praise. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender carry the load of the cast, as expected. Oscar Isaac steps in as the mighty Apocalypse, but never stands out. Both Isaac and Jennifer Lawrence suffer from poor writing for their characters. X-Men: Apocalypse showcases what it sets out to do with a few surprises thrown in. Unleash your super power.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


It is hard to shake the feeling that, however satisfying this chapter is, it is in fact unnecessary and not very well-inspired, as it suffers from clumsy dialogue, flat characters defined only by their powers, an uninteresting villain and many gaps in the internal logic of the series.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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