X-Men: First Class (2011)

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Critic Consensus: With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

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X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. -- (C) Fox
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

James McAvoy
as Charles Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender
as Erik Lensherr/Magneto
Kevin Bacon
as Sebastian Shaw
Caleb Landry Jones
as Sean Cassidy/Banshee
Nicholas Hoult
as Hank McCoy/Beast
January Jones
as Emma Frost
Lucas Till
as Alex Summers/Havok
Rose Byrne
as Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Alex González
as Janos Quested/Riptide
Jennifer Lawrence
as Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Oliver Platt
as Man in Black
Alex González
as Janos Quested/Riptide
Edi Gathegi
as Armando Munoz/Darwin
Jason Flemyng
as Azazel
Zoë Kravitz
as Angel Salvadore
Laurence Belcher
as Charles Xavier (12 Years)
Bill Milner
as Young Erik
Morgan Lily
as Young Raven (10 Years)
Beth Goddard
as Mrs. Xavier
Corey Johnson
as Chief Warden
Glenn Morshower
as Colonel Hendry
Don Creech
as William Stryker
Matt Craven
as CIA Director McCone
James Remar
as US General
Ludger Pistor
as 1st German/Pig Farmer
Wilfried Hochholdinger
as 2nd German/Tailor
Greg Kolpakchi
as Russian Soldier No. 1
Andrei Zayats
as Russian Soldier No. 2
Rade Serbedzija
as Russian General
Ray Wise
as Secretary of State
Michael Medeiros
as Political Officer
Olek Krupa
as Soviet Captain
Yuri Naumkin
as Soviet Fire Control
Gene Farber
as Soviet Radioman
David Agranov
as Soviet NCO
Katrine De Candole
as Swiss Receptionist
James Faulkner
as Swiss Bank Manager
?va Magyar
as Edie Lensherr
Juan Herrera
as Airport Worker
Greg Savage
as Coastguard
Jarid Faubel
as U.S. Fire Control Officer
Gregory Cox
as Dr. Leigh
Josh Cohen
as Junior Agent No. 1
David Crow
as Weasley Agent
Sasha Pieterse
as Teenage Girl
Brendan Fehr
as Communications Officer
Veniamin Manzyuk
as Lt. Commander
Tony Curran
as Man in Black Suit Agent
Randall Batinkoff
as Man in Black Suit Agent
Peter Stark
as Storm Trooper No. 1
Leonard Redlich
as Storm Trooper No. 2
Carlos Besse Peres
as German Bartender
Sean Brown
as Russian Chopper Pilot
Neil Fingleton
as Russian General's Bodyguard 1
Marios
as Russian General's Bodyguard 2
Georg Nikoloff
as Mr. Lensherr (Erik's Dad)
Arthur Darbinyan
as Aral Sea Captain
Hugh Jackman
as Logan/Wolverine
Rade Sherbedgia
as Russian General
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Critic Reviews for X-Men: First Class

All Critics (272) | Top Critics (48)

Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

As X-Men films go, this one gets the job done and is certainly better than Last Stand or Wolverine. But there are still just too darn many X-Men.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
TheWrap
Top Critic

Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...

June 26, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for X-Men: First Class

½

Just when people were beginning to lose faith prequels, along comes "X-Men: First Class." In one of the best prequels ever made (not just by comic book standards), we follow Professor Charles Xavier at the peak of his knowledge, while Eric is a troubled man who only wants to hunt down the man who killed his mother. Realizing there are many more people like them out there, they decide to form a team of young recruits, whom will eventually help them form a team to face the evil their most fear, while also having to deal with the humans thinking of these mutants as threats. Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) is the central antagonist of this story, and while all he wants is to harness his powers and find as many mutants to follow him as possible, his past comes back to haunt him in Eric. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender share amazing on-screen chemistry. I truly believe that this is some of the best bonding/friendship I have seen in a very, very long time, especially for comic book films. They grow as personalities throughout this film, bringing a whole other layer to the characters of Professor X and Magneto. Twentieth Century Fox has never been known for their streak of great films, but rather a very bumpy balance between good and bad. Of the last decade or so, I definitely think "X-Men: First Class" shows that they will always eventually have something up their sleeves, even if they do not know it yet. After travesties such as "X-Men: The Last Stand" or "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," they really had to up their game in terms of reviving this franchise, and they did so with flying colors. Matthew Vaughn at the helm as director was just the icing on the cake here. He takes care in his projects. Focusing on slow scenes to further develop the characters we already know, placing side characters in the forefront, and showcasing everyone equally, leaving out fan favorites, instead of adding in moments to a film that did not need any further assistance. With a terrific screenplay, tasteful direction, and cast that elevates this film even more, "X-Men: First Class" is easily one of the best films in the franchise, and some may even argue that it is the best. What this film is at it's core, is a loose prequel to the stories we know, which also acts as a springboard for stories that can be told between the two timelines. This is a very smart film and I can not wait to see where the filmmakers take it from here. The future looks pretty bright for this franchise if this pace can be kept up. This film is definitely substance over style, and for a superhero film, that is all that can be asked. "X-Men: First Class" is wonderful entertainment.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

The greatest achievement of this film is how it makes us care so much about the characters even though we know beforehand that they are not going to die - the big curse of the prequels -, while balancing with sheer perfection a lot of action and an intelligent social commentary.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Brings credibility back to the X-Men franchise thanks mainly to Michael Fassbender's excellent portrayal of a young Magneto. James McAvoy does a good job too as Xavier, but he and everyone else surrenders the screen as soon as Michael Fassbender steps in. The chemistry and bond between the two characters drives the movie and although the story is going places already shown in later films of the series, it's still nice to see it all happen and done in a manner that it's still exciting and suspenseful. This is the best installment since X-2. Sometimes taking a step back really is the way to move forward.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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