“Better Then Origins Wolverine.”
“'X-Men: First Class' Is An Expertly Executed Reboot Of A Tired Franchise - Bringing A Freshness To The Characters Beloved By Many.”
“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“I've Been At The Mercy Of Men Just Following Orders. Never Again.”
“If A New Species Is Being Discovered, It Should Be By Its' Own Kind.”
“"Great Film. It Delivers And Is A Mixture Of Genres Which Makes For A Well Done Movie Experience"”
“In 1962, The United States Government Enlists The Help Of Mutants With Superhuman Abilities To Stop A Malicious Dictator Who Is Determined To Start World War III.”
“Another Good X-Men Movie. Finally.”
“The Way That Vaughn Was Able To Capture The Sense Of An Epic Action Film Without Giving Way To The Typical Effects Driven Spectacles That We've Grown Accustomed To In Recent Times Is Praiseworthy As Is His Ability To Create A Spectacular Superhero Film.”
“For Every Tale, There Is A Beginning...X-Men: First Class”
“Off The Chain !”
“Was An Amazing Movie”
“Who Knew That Seeing Into The Minds Of Others Was The Perfect Way To Make Friends.”
“Hugely Entertaining Superhero Caper”
“Definitely A Movie I Would Watch Several Times Again Just For The Pure Share Of "awesomeness" It Gives.”
“Superb In Every Way!”
“With This Series Quality And Well Developed Characters May Be The Driving Factor Instead Of What Is The Obvious Choice. It Would Be Cooler To See Mutants We Haven't Seen Before Then To See A Terrible Rehashing Of The Same Old Mutants From The Other Movies”
“The Best In The Series Period!”
“... FIRST CLASS Succeeds On A Mindless-weekend-movie Level, But Fails At Anything More Due To Its Inability To Realize When It's Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew...”
“One Of The Better Orgin Stories Yet.”
“Don't Be Tardy To First Class.”
“X-mens Are The Best Marvel Movies!”
“Great X-Pectations! Great Acting & Direction, Historic Story!”
“You Will Enjoy This Movie A Lot More If You Know A Little About World History After WW2.”
“Its Probely The 2nd Best Superhero Movie Of All Time”
“Great Movie, Not Just Fro X Fans, New Mutants”
“Forget What You Know And Love About X-Men, And This Might Be Decent... Might Be”
“Mutant Mayhem As It's Finest!”
“Witness The Time When The World Became Aware Of The Next Step In Evolution: Mutants”
“A Marvel-ously Done Achievement That'll Be Known As An X-travaganza! Suit Up And Take Flight Because Once You Enter First Class You'll Never Wanna Get Off This High-soaring Airplane!”
“Mutant And Proud”
“Commanding A Breathtaking Film And Full Of Complex Characters, Director Matthew Vaughn Grabs The Audience And Puts The X-Men Back On Track With This Fabulous Adventure”
“Stunning , Completely And Utterly Perfect!. Xmen First Class Has Everything A Summer Movie Should Have , An Outstanding Cast. Mind-Blowing Action Sequences & Witty Humor. It Reminds Us All Why We Love Xmen So Much. This Is The Movie To Beat This SUMMER!”
“"Go Fuck Yourself"”
“Listen To Me Very Carefully, My Friends. "Wolverine" Will Not Live In Peace.”
“New X-MEN Better Than The Old.”
“Even Though There Are Inconsistencies With The Comic And The Other Films, The New X-Men Movie Is Indeed First Class.”
“First Class Flows Fluidly And Gallantly, And While Often Quickened In Pace, It's Never "rushed". Soft As A Feather, And As Hard Hitting As An A-bomb, The Parallels Drawn Here Are Fantastic And Visceral.”
“Marvel's Reply To The Dark Knight”
“We Are The Future”
“Great XMEN Prequel !!!”
“Unique, Original, Fresh! Everything We Want From An X-Men Movie Is Here In Plain Sight, The Lore More Evolved. Though Rushed, Though With Some Minor Faults With The Ropey Dialogue And Opening It Is A Very Well Accomplished Film”
“Stunning Effects And Surprisingly Good Acting Make This A Thoroughly Enjoyable Prequel.”
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
It's remarkable how many things "First Class" gets right, whether it's the decision to have characters speak different languages as the film's frequent globe-trotting dictates, or the casting of Fassbender and McAvoy.
Justin Chang - Variety
A large and talented cast manages to make more than a dozen characters pop, but still this is the Michael Fassbender show.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It turns out even cash cows can moo intelligently.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
We all love a good creation myth. That's partly why X-Men: First Class is such fanboy fun.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
While the whole film is professionally executed and goes down smoothly enough, the underlying stupidity of its subject matter can't help but show through in the end.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
[Some] ludicrous but endearing moments of bro-bonding are all that sets this otherwise stock-issue superhero movie apart from its mass-produced brethren.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It's a strangely talky motion picture that tries to advance several philosophical themes; these would have been more interesting if we weren't already aware of how they will play out in the "future" X-Men trilogy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy, this is a surefire summer winner for a wide global audience.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The result is one of the best Marvel adaptations, packed with action, humor, retro 1960s style that's both campy and sexy and a revisionist history lesson that puts the X-Men at the center of the Cuban missile crisis.
David Germain - Associated Press
Too bad that First Class torpedoes its lofty intentions with flights of idiocy so wrongheaded as to be almost endearing.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
A potent reminder of what jazzed us about Bryan Singer's first two X-Men and the Marvel comics that spawned them.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
That First Class also offers up a decent narrative about the importance of self-love, family bonding and friendship gives it extra dimension -- even if the overall dramatic range only goes X to Z.
Katherine Monk - Canada.com
X-Men: First Class manages the neat trick of staying true to the superhero legend while also creating something fresh and exciting. This class graduates with top marks.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
In truth, the film is a very conventional summer potboiler repackaged in reasonably pretty, moderately crisp wrapping paper. In short, not quite groovy enough.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
In some glorious zone between Mad Men and Thunderbirds comes this X-Men prequel, as kinetic as it is character-driven, and full of ridiculous retro pleasures.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
With spectacular effects and an engaging story, X-Men: First Class is a standout period adventure film that just happens to be about superheroes.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
For all its many little foibles, X-Men: First Class, is surprisingly well-handled and directed; surging forth with the drama and intensity of a global-looming threat.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
Summer blockbusters don't get much better than this.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
X-Men: First Class is easily the most entertaining of the five X-Men pics so far.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Add a split screen montage sequence that uses solid black lines for separation in true 60s style, saucy banter and some self referential wit and you have a solid piece of stylish filmmaking.
All of this earlier part of the film, in which the young mutants discover each other and learn to control their powers, is engaging and amusing, smartly filmed and scripted. The second half, however, outstays its welcome.
David Sexton - This is London
As X-Men movies go, this one has a lot to recommend it by virtue of the acting alone.
Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.
Ultimately, though, this is a story about Xavier and Magneto, and McAvoy and Fassbender do not disappoint.
- Tampa Bay Times
Director Matthew Vaughn's franchise reboot or prequel or whatever it is has some artificial flavors but also some natural advantages in James McAvoy as the learned telepath Professor X and Michael Fassbender as his tormented friend Magneto.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Lack of dramatic ground work leads to the uninspiring finale: a moment of caped and cowled menace made dismayingly, ineptly comic.
Richard von Busack - MetroActive
The series appears healthy again. Groovy.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Even with its few missteps, X-Men: First Class represents a major step in the right direction for the series.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
The pacing is remarkable -- breathless at times -- as scenes swirl between international locations, fueled by Henry Jackman's score that growls like a rock-opera orchestra.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Both silliness and sap increase as the film rolls along, but the big action scenes are handled well, and it never becomes ridiculous enough to undercut the cool, shaken-not-stirred vibe of its first half.
- Willamette Week
That it comes with a real sense of charm, warmth and fun -- long since strangers to this particular franchise -- is a bonus.
I suppose it's foolish to expect verisimilitude in a comic book movie -- especially one as entertaining as this proves to be. Besides, they'll have other chances to get it right, now that X-Men: First Class has regained its mojo.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
A chintzy rush-job with just enough good moments to make you wish it were better.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Vaughan, Singer and their team bring together a new X-Men holy trinity (McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence) and turn the tide on a franchise that had delivered two point blank shots to fans heads with The Last Stand and Origins.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
A smart, first-class superhero tale that blends action with character and expands a comic book subject to the epic proportions of a Shakespearean tragedy.
The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.
A competently made, sporadically entertaining superhero action movie that will make a lot of money for Marvel and Fox.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen - with actors and effects
Magneto used to be a globe-trotting Bond-a-like and Xavier was a beer-chugging ladies man? Admit it, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart suddenly seem much more interesting.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
As visually impressive as X-Men: First Class can be, Vaughn is a natural storyteller and he never loses sight of what the big picture is.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
This new entry to the "X-Men" saga will please fans and non-fans of the comic book heroes alike, shaking things up by giving us a little something new from the franchise.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Matthew Vaughn still proves that he's a terrific and entertaining filmmaker, while still retaining a distinct style.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Comic-book lovers, fans of alternate history, and fantasy-prone moviegoers in general are all sure to find something to love about X-Men: First Class.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
One of the five worst films of 2011. Inexplicably acclaimed, incredibly dumb.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
A first-rate action film with great special effects and an effective origin tale to tell--perhaps the best of the X-Men series so far.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
With so many characters to introduce or reintroduce, Vaughn has a lot of ground to cover, and he does it in a way that at once feels retro and modern.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
There's something to be respected about a film that doesn't spend most of its time in mindless action
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
As X-Men films go, this one gets the job done and is certainly better than Last Stand or Wolverine. But there are still just too darn many X-Men.
While it never reaches the intelligence or character richness of the first two X-Men films, it's still the superior superhero spectacle of 2011 to date.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
As a story of the founding of the mutant academy, First Class delivers on the double meaning of its title, twice.
Chris Knight - National Post
In Matthew Vaughn's pitch-perfect, fluid, sparklingly edited movie, we learn about demons. And wouldn't you know it? It's all about Jewish revenge.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Its attributes and weaknesses can be broken down into two categories: the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and everything else
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
In a summer unfortunately glutted with superhero movies, every one an origins story, X-Men: First Class not only eclipses its competition, but also each of its franchise predecessors.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
First Class might even be too good for its predecessors' comfort. An unintended consequence of its sure handed grip on character is the retroactive tarnishing of the original films.
Ed Whitfield - What Culture
Not only the best X-Men film to date, but the best superhero flick yet.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It speaks to the pathos in front of and behind the camera that so much is done with so lethargic a script.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Wow. That was really, really good.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Smartly grounds the genre's pop-fiction and flashy effects in an era of clashing superpowers and political paranoia. And refreshingly refuses to say it's so super being human.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January Jones ... in a James-Bond-style white catsuit, probably sums up the tone of the film as it should have been the whole way through.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Easily chimes in as the best, most engaging and visually impressive X-film so far.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Xavier's mutants go all prequel on John F. Kennedy's presidency.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Instead of being all about people discovering or earning their new powers, X-Men: First Class is all about the relationships. And it is a much better movie for it.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
An origins tale that's a true comic novel of a movie, "X-Men: First Class" boasts CGI action and character development that provides a nifty origins foundation for the series.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
It's all vastly superior to Brett Ratner's scorched-earth X-Men: The Last Stand, of course. But new blood and swinging Sixties milieu aside, X-Men: First Class never finds a fresh way to sell the same message we've been hearing since the first X-Men.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The great strength of the X-Men series is the way it taps into the feelings of all teenagers of being mutants. It is a natural part of that time of life to feel alienated and isolated, a bit horrified with the changes they are going through.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Brings the fun back to the X-Men franchise.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
This origin story abandons the coming-out-of-the-closet motif of the previous X-Men films to embed a racial metaphor within its Marvel Comics superheroics, 'alternate history' science-fiction and James Bond-esque Cold War intrigue.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Cartoonish, and not always in a good way, this installment still provides a metaphor for the outsider in all of us.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Among the year's more pleasant surprises in terms of blockbusters and would-be blockbusters is Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
X-Men Awkward but RIghts itself in the end.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
I'm generally sick of remakes and relaunches and reboots, but this revamped X-Men origin story is kind of fun.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
very nicely envisioned with impressive SPFX, until the climactic 1962 battle which jumps (or teleports past) the shark. Still, it is the best of the "X-Men" films
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Talk about jazzing up a tired-out franchise. X-Men: First Class does that and more.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
This entertaining prequel is more like James Bond meets The Dirty Dozen than a comic book story about mutants with superpowers.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Take the superpowers out and you have a pretty good foundation for a Bond or Mission:Impossible. And that's a pretty revolutionary idea for the comic book niche.
David Poland - TNT's Rough Cut
Matthew Vaughn guides the film with a sure hand, allowing plenty of room for the dramatics to unfold without getting too dark or serious
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
by concentrating less and less on the humanity of the story as the film progresses, and more and more of cheap tricks and flat supporting roles, [it] shortchanges itself and the audience
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The best "comic book" movie I have seen in some time. Good cast, good acting, good special effects - the whole production was first class.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Good effects and themes overcome a glaring plot hole.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
The characters are well-drawn and the story is compelling. The acting is solid and the special effects and action scenes are well-done.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
What's next? How about a flick where the D-Day assault on the beach at Normandy is led by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Reboot brings youth, wisdom, and a politically open mind to the summer action flick
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This prequel offers a good deal of fun
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Gruelingly antiseptic... an exercise in the ill-paced, the redundant, and the flat-out boring.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Serviceable but seems more dutiful than dynamic, and is muddled by all sorts of random false notes.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
The entire film is a hackneyed exercise.
Armond White - New York Press
It reinvigorates the series with a sense of purpose and direction. It's exactly what the professor ordered to make the heroes of 'X-Men' seem super again.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Fassbender, McAvoy, Lawrence, Bacon and the mutants they play make this something more than just an ordinary superhero flick.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
I'll admit that I was completely jazzed.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The result is a weird and unstable experience, and I wish I could say I gave in to the lightweight escapism.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
X-Men may not take your breath away - director Matthew Vaughn is a kinetic director but he lacks personality and still can't handle emotional beats - but it has enormous pulp watchability.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
A marvelous achievement, and one that fixes the mistakes Bryan Singer made...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
It may not be subtle, but it is a return to what made the series so good in the first place [and is] the first X-Men movie to contain some truly spectacular action/special-effects set pieces.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's evident how much detail and time the CG team has invested into making the audience believe what they see is real.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
..it's director Vaughn who emerges as the true hero here (the less said of January Jones' leaden performance, the better), using a breathless pace and off-kilter compositions to mask the story's many gaps in logic.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"X-Men: First Class" delivers everything you could possible want out of a summer blockbuster. If only all of our mindless entertainment could be this well done.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
It's as absurd a piece of alternative history as Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but much less fun.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Michael Fassbender has screen presence and emotional acuity to die for but this prequel is all prologue, no payoff.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
I don't think the cinematic world really needed a new go-round of X-Men movies, but I liked this one so much that I can actually say I'm looking forward to another.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Oh my God, I can't believe how good X-Men: First Class is. It's so good, I held my pee for at least 90 minutes because I didn't want to miss anything.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Sure, the revisionist history, plot device is troublesome, but the film's digital effects provide enough spectacular action and levitation eye candy to soothe any blue Beast.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
The best summer blockbuster of 2011 so far.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Some comic book flicks work. Others don't. This one does.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Has its eye-popping spectacle moments.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Smart, witty and fun. Perfect summer viewing and a worthy entry to the higher echelons of the Marvel cinematic pantheon. A fine reboot for the franchise and I'd happily look forward to another blast from the X-Men past.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
It's the best X-Men film since the original, and while it's no match for either The Dark Knight or the 1978 Superman, it still ranks among the top 10 movies to date in this specialized genre. It's that good.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
X-Men: First Class" is a meaty comic book spectacle movie you can sink your teeth in.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
This blockbuster superhero movie is the best and brightest of the franchise. A definite must-see drama on a large screen that wipes out the disasters of "Last Stand" and "Wolverine" and seamlessly ties back in to the first two movies.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
The film is just as filled with smaller moments that excite and entertain in equal measure.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
In a genre that too often produces mindless retreads, it overdelivers. And yes, lots of things blow up, too. Welcome to summer.
Michael Dunaway - Paste Magazine
What a thrill-packed, rip-roaring adventure it is.
Andrew Coleman - Birmingham Mail
This ambitious origin story of the Marvel Comics mutants sets the action against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and achieves an uneasy peace between the serious and the campy.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
I'm not sure if this fifth X-Men movie officially qualifies as a "reboot," but it sure injects some life back into a series that fumbled its third and fourth entries.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
X-Men: First Class is a movie more focused on the long-term financial health of the franchise than the short-term benefit of simply making a good movie.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
This rarity in prequels and sequels - a film that makes you want the next chapter of the [X-Men] to be made - is going to be huge at the box office. I am glad to say, this one deserves it.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Someone remind Captain America to bring its A-game, because the bar just rose a little higher.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
X-Men: First Class may not be perfect but it far excels what one could reasonably expect from a summer blockbuster, and it will leave viewers hungry for more.
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
I know there's no mention of mutants in the Wikipedia entry of the Cuban Missile Crisis, but after watching this movie, you could almost believe there should be.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Although this movie definitely has prequel-itis -- lots of setup, not enough action -- it is still compelling and fun from beginning to end.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
But McAvoy and especially Fassbender do make the film worth seeing. Maybe the more accurate and descriptive title might be X-Men: Special Ed or Remedial Mutant Class so you don't go in with high expectations.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
I hate it when a movie set during an earlier decade gets that decade's details wrong.
Dave White - Movies.com
By combining a healthy respect for the property with a playful sense of fun, it ends up being one of the most intelligent, effective superhero pictures yet.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's X-Men: Muppet Babies! As a prequel, X-Men: First Class is fantastic.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The film is ultimately undone by that old paradox of Hollywood movie production: If you are given enormous budget, you have to spend every penny.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
After "Thor," this makes Marvel Comics two-for-two so far this summer movie season.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Simply put, it's a well-made flick that should entertain the masses and one that certainly reinvigorates what was beginning to be a waning franchise. (Parental Full Content Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Even without making the honor roll, "X-Men: First Class" has earned a pass for future semesters.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
New decade; same ol' same ol'.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
The best comic book superhero movie since The Dark Knight.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
I don't know how anyone unfamiliar with the X-Men can come away from First Class and not think Lensherr/Magneto is the protagonist of the film.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The last 1/2 hour of First Class, after 100 minutes of hyperventilating cross-cutting and "meanwhile back at..." scenes, is where the film excels.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
A fourth movie that feels like a first.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Superhero film has action, thrills, tough moral questions.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Erik/Magneto, as played by Michael Fassbender, is, well, magnetic.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A dark and emotionally complex movie for grownups, this prequel to the Marvel Comics X-Men franchise is exactly what its title suffix says.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
X-Men: First Class" is an intelligent action flick -- a strong summer offering that contains all the elements of a successful seasonal feature.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A grade-A popcorn machine that revs on all cylinders: action, character, wit, even a welcome degree of warmth and intelligence.
Even though it sounds a wee bit silly, it all unfolds brilliantly onscreen under the guiding hand of director Matthew Vaughn.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
It's risky to reinvent an established series with a new cast and a different setting than fans are accustomed to...but the folks at Marvel have gambled and won. Despite its flaws, X-Men: First Class is an effective reboot of the once-solid series that...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") breathes more life into the second Marvel franchise of the summer than the series may have ever had in the first place.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A rare blockbuster that actually busts some blocks.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
It's the life of the young and restless mutants in the sixties. 'X-Men: First Class' managed to tarnish the franchise even more than 2009's 'Wolverine.'
Clay Cane - BET.com
Not only does it revitalize a series on subjective life support, but it actually makes one giddy for where this entire idea can (and will most likely) go.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
X-Men: First Class brings freshness and savvy to the X-Men franchise. Like Star Trek, one of the best movies of 2009, the latest X-Men is able to invest its popular series with an entertaining vitality that one might not expect.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Does what few franchise films do today: It takes risks, offers surprises.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
...fun, fast-paced, and distinctly retro...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Not "First Class", but it's OK. A pity, all the same, that promising young actors such as Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Nicholas Hoult have been burdened with silly characters and even sillier make-up.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
An exceptionally strong, smart, stylish, vibrant and fresh reboot of the X-Men franchise.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Features a spectacular mix of well-choreographed action, revisionist history, themes of tolerance, and great performances. This will be one of the best movies of this season.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A solid, sturdy comic book movie that combines X2's showmanship with the first X-Men's strong narrative throughline.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Superhero movies have erred recently in trying to make themselves respectable. Vaughn's "First Class" is not one of them.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
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.
"X-Men: First Class" recaptures the character-driven strengths of the first two films in this superhero series -- while adding a surprising dash of '60s spy-movie style.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Fassbender's performance as Magneto makes me feel how I wanted to feel about Anakin in any of the Star Wars prequels.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
"X-Men: First Class"? More like coach, actually.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
In most respects it's a solid effort that maintains the integrity of this rather earnest series.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
The best superhero movie since The Dark Knight. An excellent balance of fun and serious, high-stakes excitement.
Matt Pais - RedEye
The magic is missing from X Men: First Class, and without it, the film's just an average superhero movie with a dark side and a groovy Bond-era paint job.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
There is new hope that the guy originally chosen to close this series has reinvigorated a reboot that could be destined for its own trilogy.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
For the first time in a while, the prospect of another X-movie doesn't make me uneasy.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Explosive and adventurous origin story, a prequel that takes the superhero outsiders back to their roots.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
X-Men: First Class walks the line between reality and fantasy to create something special.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Second class at best.
Jonathan Williams - Little White Lies
As successful [a reboot] as J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' was...a summer blockbuster that's actually worth the price of popcorn.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Vaughn nicely balances character development and historical resonance with the demands of a large-scale action movie.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It lacks the crossover appeal of the best in its genre, such as Superman, Spiderman 2 or Batman Begins. All the same, this is the classiest of the series and one of the better summer blockbusters so far.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A bright, bold and fun take on Marvel's mutants.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
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.
Scott Tobias - NPR
Nerd tears came streaming down my face everytime Michael Fassbender took the screen for his epic performance. Entertaining, fun, action-packed and thankfully not in 3D!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The prequel none of us thought we wanted turns out to be more of a fun time than anybody expected.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Yet another superhero movie... but hold your groans, people - this one is pretty damned good.
Matt Neal - The Standard
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.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
A thrilling, exciting and hugely entertaining work that both fanboys and newbies will enjoy in equal measure
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The big ideas and battles come off thoughtfully and handsomely.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's hard to make a lot of lofty claims for X-Men: First Class, except this one: it's good.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The mutants-in-motion X-Men: First Class is a fun ride. It helps that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have charisma to spare.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Gets to the heart of what has been lacking from the previous entries of the adventures of the team of super-humans who fight ... for tolerance and equality.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
[X-Men: First Class] looks fabulous, demonstrates a highly evolved pop movie sensibility and is the best X-Men movie since Singer's X-Men (2000).
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Revitalizing the series with fresh blood and new ideas, "X-Men: First Class" is an altogether superior motion picturegrander, better written, and more dramatically sound.
First Class flirts with inclusion among the best Marvel projects to hit the big screen.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
An efficient and emotionally affecting character-driven spectacle that is enhanced but not overwhelmed by its elaborate action scenes.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
A stylish, often violent, mostly entertaining prequel that never outstays its two hours-plus duration and suggests that there may be some life in the franchise yet.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Like Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale" or, staying in the genre', Hugh Jackman in the first "X-Men" film, Fassbender leaps off the screen in what is sure to be a star making role.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
In laying out the X-Men backstory, Vaughn has done lots of things right. In the first half, in particular, he's conscious of keeping the story grounded on a modest, human scale that isn't overshadowed by booming special effects.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
You'll like "X-Men: First Class" even if you don't like superhero movies.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
A superb, stylish piece of modern mythology.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Vaughn and his co-scriptwriters temper the tension and the spectacle of the big set pieces with dashes of humour that will have the fanboys chuckling...
Alison Jones - Birmingham Post
Factor in top-notch special effects and a spectacularly gripping finale, and you've got one of the best action releases of 2011.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
In every sense this is genuinely First Class.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
works so well on multiple levels
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
A palatable and appealing prequel to the popular mutant superhero series.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The first such film since 2008's The Dark Knight that has something on its mind other than lavish effects and high decibels.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
There is bad acting by good actors, terrible acting by bad actors, consistent overacting by Kevin Bacon, whose mutant villain would twirl his mustache if he had one, and plenty of bad dialogue from all involved.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A solid X-Men adventure with the fresh take on superhero concerns, but it also feels rushed, racing to hammer in its position as the first film of the saga, often forgetting to kick back and simply enjoy the vast mutant view.
Brian Orndorf - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Although this fourth film (if you don't include the Wolverine spin-off) is not as good as X2, it's absolutely a step in the right direction.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Based in Vegas, flashing mutant sideburns and mostly mustering an evil grin, Bacon is less of a super-villain and more of an atomic Wayne Newton.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Any film that sees Professor X downing a yard of ale before chatting up girls down the pub has classic written all over it.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
A collage of camped-up, sometimes cockamamie, cold war moments.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Director Matthew Vaughn has shaken the cobwebs off the franchise and confidently delivered this prequel as a first class blockbuster.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Doesn't redefine the franchise so much as restore what's been missing ever since [Bryan] Singer left the director's chair.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
This has been robustly and intelligently directed by Vaughn.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
This is the origins film every fan of the X-Men comics or films wanted and the perfect tonic for those disillusioned by the recent instalments.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
A fun rejuvenation of the franchise and one that will surely have fans wanting even more.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
It's the love story of Charles and Erik.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Matthew Vaughn's new inspired-by-canon film takes L'essence du X and seals it in a petri dish with cells from 1960s adventure pictures.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Impressively directed and superbly acted, this is a thoroughly entertaining superhero prequel that gets everything right, delivering thrilling action sequences, state-of-the-art special effects and an intelligent script that's both moving and funny.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
While the context of Matthew Vaughn's slick 'X-Men' origin story feels like it's been filched from the notepad of a GCSE History student, there's no shortage of breathtaking spectacle elsewhere.
David Jenkins - Time Out
... a nice reminder that you can throw all the high concepts and action choreography and special effects you want at something, but unless you tell a good story, tell it well, and create engaging characters, none of that matters.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Incredible special effects and surprisingly good acting make for a thoroughly enjoyable prequel.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Alem de envolvente do inicio ao fim, preenche as lacunas deixadas pelos anteriores de forma intrigante, despertando a vontade de reve-los a fim de reavaliar o que la acontecia sob a luz dos incidentes aqui ocorridos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Bears more in common with 'The Spy Who Loved Me' than any of the previous 'X-Men' installments, or any other comic book flicks, for that matter, and is all the better because of it.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
One of the most energetic superhero movies to come along in ages. The summer of 2011 has a new king!
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Gripping, intelligent, richly characterised and superbly performed, the latest entry into the comic book cinematic landscape is nothing short of utterly brilliant.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Represents a successful reboot and a welcome return of the summer blockbuster.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
A truly exciting and apt prequel ... with some outstanding performances from McAvoy and Fassbender that go to fuel an even greater buzz for a post-prequel meeting of gifted minds.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
I can live with his approach but it feels like Vaughn was afraid to pull the curtain back and truly expose the mutants' fragile state. He's kept things simpler, easier to handle.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
As an in-depth exploration of the relationship between two of the genre's most interesting characters, it's well, alright, yes, it's First Class. Roll on sophomore year.
Seb Patrick - Film4
With its early-1960s Cold-War setting, megalomaniac villain and lissome babes in mini-skirts, X-Men: First Class could, in places, pass for a Connery-era 007 spy thriller.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The film in general handles its narratives well, but it does feel like the screenplay wants very much to get everything in place for a sequel by the time the credits roll.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Just when [Vaughn] starts to have a little fun, you can practically feel him pull back, lest he get too campy or weird. Or fun. At least slashfiction fans will find a treasure trove of sequences [with] Fassbender and McAvoy to inspire some saucy material.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Mutants are born again in Fox's kinetic adventure.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
In a sea of sloppy sequels (Pirates 4) and rote remakes (Hangover 2), X-men: First Class stands out for simply being something different -- good.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Smartly scripted, smoothly directed and well-acted. Not just the best film in the series, but the best adaptation of a Marvel comic title yet
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
It's slightly overlong and its message of "geek empowerment" feels overfamiliar but for fans X-Men: First Class delivers with aplomb.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Although the filmmakers have packed far too much into the storyline, there's first class action, superb special effects and a nice sprinkling of humour in a plot whose heart rests in the bond between Professor X and Magneto.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
A slick piece of pop entertainment marked by smarter than average characterizations and some solid performances -- especially from Fassbender, who showcases an appealingly dangerous, quicksilver charm.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Taking the story back to its roots, Vaughn has made some shrewd decisions, reflected in the superb cast (McAvoy and Fassbender stand out) and the use of Cold War context, which evokes the early, much admired James Bond pictures.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A blast of colorful and passionate enthusiasm with just enough weight to matter.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
[S]tylish and snazzy to look at but also effortlessly cool in attitude. With its sleek smoothness, this could almost be a lost early James Bond flick that's been rediscovered...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
First Class takes the X-Men story back to its roots and is just the kick in the pants the series needed. It is smart, spectacular, never cheesy, often thrilling and always incredibly entertaining.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
It doesn't feel like a superhero movie, being more interested in the characters' struggling with their outsider status than KAPOW! moments. You don't get people this rounded in your standard Oscar flick.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The best praise I can give X-Men: First Class is that it's a wonderful movie, not just a wonderful X-Men movie or a wonderful Marvel movie or a wonderful superhero movie. It's a damn good film, full stop, all other genres and ghetto-izations aside.
This grandiose globetrotting fantasy boasts plentiful action spectacle and effective character-based drama set in an age of civil unrest and Cold War paranoia.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
With a talented cast and gifted director, X-Men: First Class meets the standards set by the first two movies, while standing alone as a stylish and sexy entry into the ever expanding comic book sub-genre.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
We know that story so well, and yet somehow Vaughn has made it feel fresh and new again.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
X-Men: First Class is a rock-solid piece of storytelling.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
A droplet of vintage Bond DNA, a molecule of Mad Men cool, fused with the vibrant, adrenalised spin on superheroics he injected into Kick-Ass
Nick Setchfield - SFX Magazine
All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
First Class is ultimately a success, because not only does it reward fans, but it redeems a series that gave the superhero genre its start.
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
An action blockbuster with rollercoaster thrills and laughs that has a fundamentally intelligent core.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It's intelligent and emotionally resonant, explosive and eye-dazzling. Factor in a zeitgeisty, hot-list cast and First Class is likely to be one of the summer's best biggies.
Rosie Fletcher - Total Film
This X is on fire.
Robbie Collin - News of the World