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X-Men: First Class Reviews

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
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.
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.
June 27, 2011
Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...
June 3, 2011
It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 3, 2011
This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 3, 2011
New decade; same ol' same ol'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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
June 3, 2011
We all love a good creation myth. That's partly why X-Men: First Class is such fanboy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2011
The finest comic-book flick since 2008's The Dark Knight.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2011
Erik/Magneto, as played by Michael Fassbender, is, well, magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 3, 2011
Even without making the honor roll, "X-Men: First Class" has earned a pass for future semesters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2011
Revives the flagging franchise with this globe-trotting iteration, infusing it with new life and dazzling visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
The X-Men franchise always had a lot on its mind compared to most of its superhero brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 2, 2011
Too bad that First Class torpedoes its lofty intentions with flights of idiocy so wrongheaded as to be almost endearing.
June 2, 2011
"First Class" happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, suave and unaffected, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 2, 2011
[Some] ludicrous but endearing moments of bro-bonding are all that sets this otherwise stock-issue superhero movie apart from its mass-produced brethren.
June 2, 2011
In most respects it's a solid effort that maintains the integrity of this rather earnest series.
June 2, 2011
Preaching mutant pride with endearing fervor, "X-Men: First Class" proves to be a mutant in its own right -- a zestfully radical departure from the latter spawn of a sputtering franchise.
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 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
A potent reminder of what jazzed us about Bryan Singer's first two X-Men and the Marvel comics that spawned them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 2, 2011
Uneven, occasionally silly -- true, but it's still an improvement over 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
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
X-Men: First Class is an uncommonly polished and sophisticated superhero movie in which the characters are so strong you sometimes forget you're watching a story about telepaths and men who can bend steel with their minds.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
A richly layered, intelligently worked-out prequel, it melds a dozen back stories, globe-hopping thrills and historic political confrontations, yet it never packs too many sardines into the tin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 2, 2011
The film features Michael Fassbender in a pivotal role. That's enough to lift it above the mechanics of the routine.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
June 2, 2011
With X-Men: First Class getting the heavy lifting out of the way, the sequels will presumably cut loose -- but it won't be easy for them to have this much fun doing it.
June 2, 2011
First Class largely does what it sets out to do, by turning out another crowd-pleasing comic-book film designed to bring in new fans while gratifying the old ones.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 2, 2011
Mr. Vaughn doesn't bring conviction to the story's identity politics (say it loud, I'm mutant and I'm proud), but he gives Mr. Fassbender and Mr. McAvoy room to bring the brotherly love.
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 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 2, 2011
The first such film since 2008's The Dark Knight that has something on its mind other than lavish effects and high decibels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
Though "First Class" has its share of well-honed action sequences, it shines in the same way the previous films did: through fine casting and carefully crafted characters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
"X-Men: First Class"? More like coach, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2011
A large and talented cast manages to make more than a dozen characters pop, but still this is the Michael Fassbender show.
June 2, 2011
While the whole film is professionally executed and goes down smoothly enough, the underlying stupidity of its subject matter can't help but show through in the end.
June 2, 2011
It's big, bright, savvy, and so expansive you'll undoubtedly leave feeling you got your money's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2011
Entertaining enough for a Saturday night, and much more satisfying than the last X-Men' offshoot, the woeful Wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2011
The result is one of the best Marvel adaptations, packed with action, humor, retro 1960s style that's both campy and sexy and a revisionist history lesson that puts the X-Men at the center of the Cuban missile crisis.
June 1, 2011
These days at the movies, one tends to give a lot of thanks for small favors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2011
"X-Men: First Class" isn't anywhere close to being a genre classic like "Spider-Man 2" or "The Dark Knight," but it is good enough to rejuvenate a franchise stuck on idle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 1, 2011
While the context of Matthew Vaughn's slick 'X-Men' origin story feels like it's been filched from the notepad of a GCSE History student, there's no shortage of breathtaking spectacle elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2011
It turns out even cash cows can moo intelligently.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2011
It's remarkable how many things "First Class" gets right, whether it's the decision to have characters speak different languages as the film's frequent globe-trotting dictates, or the casting of Fassbender and McAvoy.
May 30, 2011
Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy, this is a surefire summer winner for a wide global audience.