Jan 7, 2021
The acting, special effects, and writing were excellent, except possibly the two times Xavier tries to hit on women in bars by saying they have "groovy mutation[s]".
Apr 2, 2019
First Class can safely be watched by first-timers, but old faithfuls of the franchise will get a little more, tracing the origins of their favourite characters.
Sep 8, 2017
If you didn't see the previous movies, you may not be able to appreciate some of the subtle references, but that won't make you enjoy the movie any less. Check it out.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 13, 2015
Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.
Aug 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.
Oct 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.
Jun 27, 2011
Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...
Jun 16, 2011
Easily chimes in as the best, most engaging and visually impressive X-film so far.
Jun 10, 2011
It's all vastly superior to Brett Ratner's scorched-earth X-Men: The Last Stand, of course. But new blood and swinging Sixties milieu aside, X-Men: First Class never finds a fresh way to sell the same message we've been hearing since the first X-Men.
Jun 10, 2011
The great strength of the X-Men series is the way it taps into the feelings of all teenagers of being mutants. It is a natural part of that time of life to feel alienated and isolated, a bit horrified with the changes they are going through.
Jun 6, 2011
Serviceable but seems more dutiful than dynamic, and is muddled by all sorts of random false notes.
Jun 3, 2011
Surprise, surprise, but X-Men: First Class is the first sequel (or in this case prequel) of the summer that actually, doesn't just meet expectations, but surpasses them.
Jun 3, 2011
It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.
Jun 3, 2011
This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise
Jun 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.
Jun 3, 2011
New decade; same ol' same ol'.