Captain America: The First Avenger Reviews

  • Captain America succeeds grandly where the others failed.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The picture is nothing, really, that you haven't seen before, but it's the definition of a square, competent, deliver-the-goods blockbuster.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Captain America, like its unapologetically corny hero, is propelled by unpretentious and plucky ingenuity.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Yes, the characters are cartoonish (they're comic book heroes, after all), but this is the kind of old-fashioned popcorn entertainment summer is made for.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Evans brings just the right amount of confidence and aw-shucks modesty to Rogers, who surely counts as the most appealing Marvel hero.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Tommy Lee Jones isn't distraction enough from the reality that we've been sold a $140 million trailer for a different movie. The egg's a little rotten.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Need a top-notch comic-book movie to stop this summer's march of mediocre superheroes? "Captain America: The First Avenger," reporting for duty.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Captain America's metabolism, Peggy tells him, burns energy four times faster than the average person's. The movie's metabolism burns out.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Scrawny Steve is such a guileless and likeable little dude that his sweetness endures long past the super-sizing.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Captain America: The First Avenger is pretty good, insofar as it's not nearly as terrible as it seemed destined to be.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Captain America is not high art, but it is so unabashedly fun -- and such well-made fun -- that it is hard to not like and admire it for so steadfastly being what it is.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • It doesn't try too hard for irony or style; the comic-book sensibility remains pure, square, and happily stupid.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Of course it's loaded with CGI. It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's paced and designed for people who won't shrivel up and die if two or three characters take 45 seconds between combat sequences to have a conversation about world domination, or a dame.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Joe Johnston -- returning to the vibe of his first directorial effort, The Rocketeer (1991) -- creates a fun retro-futurist environment with a World War II setting, and he has the discernment not to let the effects overwhelm the story.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • From its antagonists to its art direction, everything about Johnston's movie has a been-there, seen-that familiarity. Yet Evans' clean-cut idealism and objectives make old-fashioned patriotism look fresh.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Here's what's missing: tension, drama, and most of all, a sense of wonder. This is a superhero movie, isn't it?

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • With its mix of World War II nostalgia, Bam-Pow comic book sensibilities, underdog determination and red-white-and-blue battle scenes, Captain America: The First Avenger is the best Marvel superhero flick since the first Iron Man.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Red, white and bland.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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