X-Men: First Class Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Revives the flagging franchise with this globe-trotting iteration, infusing it with new life and dazzling visual effects.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "First Class" happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Entertaining enough for a Saturday night, and much more satisfying than the last X-Men' offshoot, the woeful Wolverine.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lacking a single memorable joke or striking image, First Class is as perfunctory and passionless as would-be franchise resurrections get.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • It's big, bright, savvy, and so expansive you'll undoubtedly leave feeling you got your money's worth.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Uneven, occasionally silly -- true, but it's still an improvement over 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The X-Men franchise always had a lot on its mind compared to most of its superhero brethren.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The finest comic-book flick since 2008's The Dark Knight.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • These days at the movies, one tends to give a lot of thanks for small favors.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The film features Michael Fassbender in a pivotal role. That's enough to lift it above the mechanics of the routine.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A richly layered, intelligently worked-out prequel, it melds a dozen back stories, globe-hopping thrills and historic political confrontations, yet it never packs too many sardines into the tin.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "X-Men: First Class" isn't anywhere close to being a genre classic like "Spider-Man 2" or "The Dark Knight," but it is good enough to rejuvenate a franchise stuck on idle.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

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