X-Men: First Class Reviews

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July 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.
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
Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.
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 16, 2011
Easily chimes in as the best, most engaging and visually impressive X-film so far.
June 3, 2011
It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.
June 3, 2011
This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise
June 3, 2011
New decade; same ol' same ol'.
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.
June 3, 2011
We all love a good creation myth. That's partly why X-Men: First Class is such fanboy fun.
June 3, 2011
The finest comic-book flick since 2008's The Dark Knight.
June 3, 2011
Erik/Magneto, as played by Michael Fassbender, is, well, magnetic.
June 3, 2011
Even without making the honor roll, "X-Men: First Class" has earned a pass for future semesters.
June 2, 2011
Revives the flagging franchise with this globe-trotting iteration, infusing it with new life and dazzling visual effects.
June 2, 2011
The X-Men franchise always had a lot on its mind compared to most of its superhero brethren.
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.
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