X-Men: First Class Reviews

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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
Canada.com
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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
FoxNews.com
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
This is London
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.
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
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
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
SciFiNow
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
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
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