X-Men: First Class Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2011
Uneven, occasionally silly -- true, but it's still an improvement over 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
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.
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.
June 2, 2011
The film features Michael Fassbender in a pivotal role. That's enough to lift it above the mechanics of the routine.
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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2011
If there is to be yet another X-Men movie in the future - though I have to say that now might be the time to call it quits - then a solo effort with Fassbender's super-nasty Magneto would be the way to go.
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.
June 2, 2011
"X-Men: First Class"? More like coach, actually.
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