Marvel's The Avengers Reviews

  • The Avengers is popcorn cinema at its best.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The best thing about The Avengers, a multi-tentpole blockbuster that gathers half a dozen Marvel superheroes and unfurls them on a baddie from another planet, is that it also unleashes them on each other.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, "The Avengers" feels like the moment you've been waiting for.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • This mega-entertaining "Avengers" film is something comic fans have dreamed of since Marvel debuted the title almost 50 years ago.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Whedon knows how to be self-aware without getting overly cute about it. He has fun highlighting each character's neurosis and knows which personalities clash to greatest effect.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ... the filmmakers behind The Avengers attack their task of creating a comic book superhero epic with not just conviction, but something almost resembling panache.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • "The Avengers" is done well by Joss Whedon, with style and energy. It provides its fans with exactly what they desire.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "The Avengers" is both a culminator and a set-up for more, more, more.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Whedon's investment in building this world is so complete that it captures the audience, as well.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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