X-Men: First Class Reviews

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August 29, 2018
What if women could only contribute to the plot while in their underwear?
August 25, 2017
Ultimately, Hollywood has once again proven it has a power all its own: the ability to suck the life out of what was once a reasonably entertaining franchise.
August 22, 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.
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.
July 13, 2015
Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.
July 13, 2015
Lack of dramatic ground work leads to the uninspiring finale: a moment of caped and cowled menace made dismayingly, ineptly comic.
May 3, 2015
A chintzy rush-job with just enough good moments to make you wish it were better.
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.
December 30, 2011
One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.
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
June 27, 2011
Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...
June 6, 2011
Gruelingly antiseptic... an exercise in the ill-paced, the redundant, and the flat-out boring.
June 6, 2011
Serviceable but seems more dutiful than dynamic, and is muddled by all sorts of random false notes.
June 6, 2011
The entire film is a hackneyed exercise.
June 6, 2011
Imagine how disappointed I am to find this movie to be a scattered affair that loses power the more it tries to take on big issues.
June 5, 2011
It's as absurd a piece of alternative history as Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but much less fun.
June 5, 2011
Michael Fassbender has screen presence and emotional acuity to die for but this prequel is all prologue, no payoff.
June 3, 2011
The film is ultimately undone by that old paradox of Hollywood movie production: If you are given enormous budget, you have to spend every penny.
June 3, 2011
New decade; same ol' same ol'.
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