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X-Men: First Class Reviews

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August 21, 2017
X-Men doesn't really know what it wants to be: a camp-fest, a super gay love story, a celebration of '60s comic book style, or a semi-solemn treatise on learning how to accept and celebrate diversity.
July 14, 2015
Neither exhilarating nor entirely dismissible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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.
May 31, 2011
Just when [Vaughn] starts to have a little fun, you can practically feel him pull back, lest he get too campy or weird. Or fun. At least slashfiction fans will find a treasure trove of sequences [with] Fassbender and McAvoy to inspire some saucy material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 2, 2011
The notion of a period-piece comic book movie, which could fancifully reshuffle historical episodes, has great potential, but neither the cast nor the filmmakers aim for the sort of period detail that would have made the premise interesting.
June 2, 2011
The magic is missing from X Men: First Class, and without it, the film's just an average superhero movie with a dark side and a groovy Bond-era paint job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2011
The scene where the mutants stand on a beach and mentally duel by causing both American and Soviet missiles to shuttle back and forth in the sky is ... hilarious, I was going to say, but no, I should consider this scene more devoutly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2011
It's a strangely talky motion picture that tries to advance several philosophical themes; these would have been more interesting if we weren't already aware of how they will play out in the "future" X-Men trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 30, 2011
One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 3, 2011
It's the life of the young and restless mutants in the sixties. 'X-Men: First Class' managed to tarnish the franchise even more than 2009's 'Wolverine.'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 2, 2011
Undone by a frustrating mire of multiple plots, overreaching special effects, leaden ancillary players and world-ending military standoffs that have all the tension of a water balloon fight.
June 3, 2011
Lacking a single memorable joke or striking image, First Class is as perfunctory and passionless as would-be franchise resurrections get.
June 6, 2011
Serviceable but seems more dutiful than dynamic, and is muddled by all sorts of random false notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 6, 2011
Gruelingly antiseptic... an exercise in the ill-paced, the redundant, and the flat-out boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 2, 2011
Not "First Class", but it's OK. A pity, all the same, that promising young actors such as Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Nicholas Hoult have been burdened with silly characters and even sillier make-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 2, 2011
"X-Men: First Class"? More like coach, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2011
There's just so much you can do with lines like "You're not alone, Eric, you're not alone" and "the president's about to make his address!" before you get sucked into the vortex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2011
With all the blue-haired, flying, screaming, mind-melding hi-jinks this film has to offer, you'd think it would be able to squeeze in a few novel bursts of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 2, 2011
Too bad that First Class torpedoes its lofty intentions with flights of idiocy so wrongheaded as to be almost endearing.
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