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X-Men: First Class Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
September 15, 2011
While it never reaches the intelligence or character richness of the first two X-Men films, it's still the superior superhero spectacle of 2011 to date.
Chris Knight
National Post
July 15, 2011
As a story of the founding of the mutant academy, First Class delivers on the double meaning of its title, twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jordan Hiller
July 14, 2011
In Matthew Vaughn's pitch-perfect, fluid, sparklingly edited movie, we learn about demons. And wouldn't you know it? It's all about Jewish revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 9, 2011
Its attributes and weaknesses can be broken down into two categories: the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and everything else
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
Brandon Fibbs
July 6, 2011
In a summer unfortunately glutted with superhero movies, every one an origins story, X-Men: First Class not only eclipses its competition, but also each of its franchise predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
First Class might even be too good for its predecessors' comfort. An unintended consequence of its sure handed grip on character is the retroactive tarnishing of the original films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 4, 2011
Not only the best X-Men film to date, but the best superhero flick yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 27, 2011
Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 26, 2011
It speaks to the pathos in front of and behind the camera that so much is done with so lethargic a script.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 22, 2011
Smartly grounds the genre's pop-fiction and flashy effects in an era of clashing superpowers and political paranoia. And refreshingly refuses to say it's so super being human.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 22, 2011
January Jones ... in a James-Bond-style white catsuit, probably sums up the tone of the film as it should have been the whole way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 1/2
Widgett Walls
June 22, 2011
Wow. That was really, really good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 16, 2011
Easily chimes in as the best, most engaging and visually impressive X-film so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
June 13, 2011
Xavier's mutants go all prequel on John F. Kennedy's presidency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Tim Martain
The Mercury
June 12, 2011
Instead of being all about people discovering or earning their new powers, X-Men: First Class is all about the relationships. And it is a much better movie for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
June 12, 2011
An origins tale that's a true comic novel of a movie, "X-Men: First Class" boasts CGI action and character development that provides a nifty origins foundation for the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
June 10, 2011
It's all vastly superior to Brett Ratner's scorched-earth X-Men: The Last Stand, of course. But new blood and swinging Sixties milieu aside, X-Men: First Class never finds a fresh way to sell the same message we've been hearing since the first X-Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
June 10, 2011
The great strength of the X-Men series is the way it taps into the feelings of all teenagers of being mutants. It is a natural part of that time of life to feel alienated and isolated, a bit horrified with the changes they are going through.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 10, 2011
Brings the fun back to the X-Men franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 10, 2011
This origin story abandons the coming-out-of-the-closet motif of the previous X-Men films to embed a racial metaphor within its Marvel Comics superheroics, 'alternate history' science-fiction and James Bond-esque Cold War intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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