X-Men: First Class Reviews

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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.
July 14, 2015
Summer blockbusters don't get much better than this.
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.
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.
July 13, 2015
As X-Men movies go, this one has a lot to recommend it by virtue of the acting alone.
July 13, 2015
Ultimately, though, this is a story about Xavier and Magneto, and McAvoy and Fassbender do not disappoint.
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.
July 13, 2015
The series appears healthy again. Groovy.
July 13, 2015
Even with its few missteps, X-Men: First Class represents a major step in the right direction for the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2013
A smart, first-class superhero tale that blends action with character and expands a comic book subject to the epic proportions of a Shakespearean tragedy.
June 23, 2013
A competently made, sporadically entertaining superhero action movie that will make a lot of money for Marvel and Fox.
January 8, 2013
Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen - with actors and effects
September 25, 2012
Magneto used to be a globe-trotting Bond-a-like and Xavier was a beer-chugging ladies man? Admit it, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart suddenly seem much more interesting.
September 23, 2012
As visually impressive as X-Men: First Class can be, Vaughn is a natural storyteller and he never loses sight of what the big picture is.
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