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X-Men: First Class Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
Many of the scenes could have been trimmed, and there's a serious Hugh Jackman-shaped void in the comedy stakes, but for the most part, X really hits the spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound
July 14, 2015
For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm.
Katherine Monk
July 14, 2015
That First Class also offers up a decent narrative about the importance of self-love, family bonding and friendship gives it extra dimension -- even if the overall dramatic range only goes X to Z.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 14, 2015
X-Men: First Class manages the neat trick of staying true to the superhero legend while also creating something fresh and exciting. This class graduates with top marks.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
July 14, 2015
Neither exhilarating nor entirely dismissible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 14, 2015
In truth, the film is a very conventional summer potboiler repackaged in reasonably pretty, moderately crisp wrapping paper. In short, not quite groovy enough.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 14, 2015
In some glorious zone between Mad Men and Thunderbirds comes this X-Men prequel, as kinetic as it is character-driven, and full of ridiculous retro pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Justin Craig
July 14, 2015
With spectacular effects and an engaging story, X-Men: First Class is a standout period adventure film that just happens to be about superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
July 14, 2015
For all its many little foibles, X-Men: First Class, is surprisingly well-handled and directed; surging forth with the drama and intensity of a global-looming threat.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Lea
Daily Star
July 14, 2015
Summer blockbusters don't get much better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2015
X-Men: First Class is easily the most entertaining of the five X-Men pics so far.
July 14, 2015
Add a split screen montage sequence that uses solid black lines for separation in true 60s style, saucy banter and some self referential wit and you have a solid piece of stylish filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
July 14, 2015
All of this earlier part of the film, in which the young mutants discover each other and learn to control their powers, is engaging and amusing, smartly filmed and scripted. The second half, however, outstays its welcome.
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
July 13, 2015
As X-Men movies go, this one has a lot to recommend it by virtue of the acting alone.
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
July 13, 2015
Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Spears
Tampa Bay Times
July 13, 2015
Ultimately, though, this is a story about Xavier and Magneto, and McAvoy and Fassbender do not disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
July 13, 2015
Director Matthew Vaughn's franchise reboot or prequel or whatever it is has some artificial flavors but also some natural advantages in James McAvoy as the learned telepath Professor X and Michael Fassbender as his tormented friend Magneto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard von Busack
July 13, 2015
Lack of dramatic ground work leads to the uninspiring finale: a moment of caped and cowled menace made dismayingly, ineptly comic.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
July 13, 2015
The series appears healthy again. Groovy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
July 13, 2015
Even with its few missteps, X-Men: First Class represents a major step in the right direction for the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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