Captain America: The Winter Soldier Reviews

  • The Winter Soldier represents the evolution of Captain America into a more complex character. He still kicks major ass and can throw that shield like a death Frisbee, but does he have enough courage to ask out the hot babe that lives next door?

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the first superhero film since the terrorist-inflected The Dark Knight that plugs you right into what's happening now.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Like many others of its type, [it] gets off to a kinetic start only to lose steam before blowing everything up.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Fight scenes are tense, though occasionally it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. But they have the bone-crunching crack of realism sometimes lacking in comic book movies.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "The Winter Soldier" is superbly made and well-acted, neatly setting up the next few installments with just the right enticing sense of ongoing mystery.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • There's darkness and confusion just under its comic-book surface.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A great international thriller, it engages the world at large yet stays focused as a sharp cast led by Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford support the star-spangled main man.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable ... and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth-all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The new franchise effort from Marvel charges through hyperkinetic chases and combat, though with slightly less finesse than its predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger."

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The movie does its duty. It's a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Unless you're intimately familiar with the so-called Marvel universe (or you really love CG explosions), little of this will resonate.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • There's too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and sails away in unexpected, crowd-pleasing directions.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Kudos to the Russos and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for stepping outside the constraints of both the genre and the shared history.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Chockfull of the breathless cliffhangers dictated by the genre, but equally rich in the quiet, tender character moments that made the first film unique among recent Marvel fare ...

    Scott Foundas — Variety

  • Deeply mediocre and ultra-predictable ...

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own.

    Adam Nayman — Globe and Mail

  • The signal-to-noise ratio on "The Winter Soldier" is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that's left is an irritating buzz.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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