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X-Men: First Class Reviews

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Michael Smith
Tulsa World
July 13, 2015
The pacing is remarkable -- breathless at times -- as scenes swirl between international locations, fueled by Henry Jackman's score that growls like a rock-opera orchestra.
Becky Ohlsen
Willamette Week
July 13, 2015
Both silliness and sap increase as the film rolls along, but the big action scenes are handled well, and it never becomes ridiculous enough to undercut the cool, shaken-not-stirred vibe of its first half.
James Hoare
July 13, 2015
That it comes with a real sense of charm, warmth and fun -- long since strangers to this particular franchise -- is a bonus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 13, 2015
I suppose it's foolish to expect verisimilitude in a comic book movie -- especially one as entertaining as this proves to be. Besides, they'll have other chances to get it right, now that X-Men: First Class has regained its mojo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A chintzy rush-job with just enough good moments to make you wish it were better.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
September 27, 2014
Vaughan, Singer and their team bring together a new X-Men holy trinity (McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence) and turn the tide on a franchise that had delivered two point blank shots to fans heads with The Last Stand and Origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
August 3, 2013
A smart, first-class superhero tale that blends action with character and expands a comic book subject to the epic proportions of a Shakespearean tragedy.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 3, 2013
The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
A competently made, sporadically entertaining superhero action movie that will make a lot of money for Marvel and Fox.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 8, 2013
Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen - with actors and effects
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Looker
September 25, 2012
Magneto used to be a globe-trotting Bond-a-like and Xavier was a beer-chugging ladies man? Admit it, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart suddenly seem much more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
September 23, 2012
As visually impressive as X-Men: First Class can be, Vaughn is a natural storyteller and he never loses sight of what the big picture is.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
This new entry to the "X-Men" saga will please fans and non-fans of the comic book heroes alike, shaking things up by giving us a little something new from the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
Matthew Vaughn still proves that he's a terrific and entertaining filmmaker, while still retaining a distinct style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
January 3, 2012
Comic-book lovers, fans of alternate history, and fantasy-prone moviegoers in general are all sure to find something to love about X-Men: First Class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 30, 2011
One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A first-rate action film with great special effects and an effective origin tale to tell--perhaps the best of the X-Men series so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 28, 2011
With so many characters to introduce or reintroduce, Vaughn has a lot of ground to cover, and he does it in a way that at once feels retro and modern.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011
There's something to be respected about a film that doesn't spend most of its time in mindless action
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
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.
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