X-Men fights a skewed, rerun version of yesterday's battles.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Clumsy when it should be light on its feet, the movie takes itself even more seriously than the comic book and its fans do, which is a superheroic achievement.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
X-Men could have been a lot worse.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
It ain't saying much but, when it comes to stoopid fun, X-Men could be the summer movie to beat.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
It's a film X-Men fans can embrace and action fans in general can appreciate.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
X-Men crosses its X with a flourish.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
The direction sometimes lacks vibrancy and occasionally obscures the action and special effects.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
A rarity, a comic-book movie with a satisfying cinematic design and protagonists you want to watch.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The most beautiful, strange, and exciting comic-book movie since the original Batman.
David Denby - New Yorker
The events that end the movie are sort of anticlimactic, and the special effects, while energetic, are not as persuasive as they might be.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
What X-Men offers are outrageous makeup and costumes, gaudy overproduction and that bland, dopey dialogue.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
It's darker, more complex and far more substantive than anything in the Superman or Batman cinematic series.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
X-Men plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
An entertaining adaptation of the classic comic book, boasting excellent special effects and sets.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
X-cess is the biggest problem with X-Men.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Had it simply ignored or abbreviated the inescapably hackneyed origin stuff, the movie might have been in a position to break some ground.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
One must give credit for the film's cheeky attitude to director Bryan Singer.
Robert Horton - Film.com
The film is stranded between too many poles to be effective on any level.
Ernest Hardy - Film.com
All these characters with their odd powers are inherently absurd and they throw a barrel of wrenches into the machinery of a coherent narrative.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A distinctively absorbing entertainment, offering just enough popcorn thrills for mass audiences and just enough chewiness for hardcore sci-fi fans.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy.
David Edelstein - Slate
The film is effectively paced with a good balance of exposition, character development, and special effects-enhanced action.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
X-Men lacks the style and substance of such top-drawer science-fiction movies as The Matrix or The Empire Strikes Back.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
X-men is fitfully satisfying.
David Germain - Associated Press
It sucks that this choppily edited film appears rushed and incoherent in ways that cheat the story of its human resonance and the stunts of their anticipated pow.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An accomplished piece of work with considerable pulp watchability to it.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The deft way that Singer and company have transferred the action comics to the big screen reps one of the best efforts since Superman II.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
These are superheroes who largely regret their powers because of the trouble that they bring.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
X-Men's myriad of positive attributes generally compensate for its less-than-enthralling stretches.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Of course, the wide-open ending practically shrieks "sequel," so rest assured this is only the beginning of a new super-franchise. Here's hoping Joel Schumacher doesn't get his hands on it.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
Good direction and talented ensemble
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
A very good comic book adaptation with great performances, true entertainment value, and wonderful direction...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A superb cast and spotless direction from Bryan Singer make this one a summer must-see, and a film that goes right alongside the first Batman and Superman as genre bests.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
As summer movies go, X-Men is remarkably crisp and economical.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Relative newcomer Hugh Jackman is a real find as the brooding Wolverine.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Apart from the brushed metal production design and pin-sharp camerawork, this offers only moderate excitement.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Simply a fluffy, big screen version of a simple comic book -- nothing more, nothing less.
Mike Barkacs - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
What makes this film such a success is its seriousness on the subject of proper and improper responses to oppression, its unique and memorable characters, its cleverness and visual imagination, and its refusal to degenerate into a bloodbath.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Superior to any Batman except the 1989 movie.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Finally, a movie based on a comic book that actually succeeds.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
I don't say this often, but bring on the sequel.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Call it a gift from cinema heaven.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Not as disturbingly dark as Batman, but yet it still has the hard gritty edge that keeps the audience riveted to the screen.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Singer was wise enough to keep the fight scenes silent instead of featuring the usual inane banter of most comic-book movies.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
X-cellent, X-citing, X-quisite, X-hilarating. Shall I go on?
Robert Nunez - Hollywood.com
Entertaining and reasonably intelligent.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Somebody, at least, made sure that a movie based on a comic book wasn't a comic book on screen, but instead, thankfully, just a really good movie.
Susannah Breslin - Film Threat
Should be the blueprint for all super-hero films to come.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
It's not as good as Superman II and certainly nowhere near as good as the comic book; but it's good enough to raise hopes for the sequel.
Jose Arroyo - Sight and Sound
X-Men is a well-cast, franchise-primed assault, executed with subtle precision by director Bryan Singer.
Jon Niccum - Pitch.com
After seeing this film, I am looking forward to seeing more from this sleek new breed of action hero.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
A kick *** flicks that does justice to its comic book inspiration, a wild ride that has a much brains as it has thrills, and easily the best damn movie of the summer.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
For a certain kind of fan -sadly, the most loyal, passionate and alert kind of fan - X-Men is bound to be a disappointment.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's a model of discipline in that respect.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
X-Men delivers the goods.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It's obvious there's enough material here for several movies.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It does right by its source material without dumbfounding people who have never set foot in a comic book shop.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Ao decidir acrescentar toques dramaticos ao seu filme, Bryan Singer elevou 'X-Men' a um nivel superior a outras producoes do genero.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Surprising subtlety, complexity, and human interest; deserves to be taken seriously.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
A sci-fi thriller that taps into the reservoir of feelings we have about diversity, tolerance and exclusivity.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A far-above-average comic book movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Overall I was impressed by Singer's attention to detail.
Alex Keen - Trades
These days, with technology being what it is, we really shouldn't be as willing to forgive slapdash storytelling in the face of amazing visuals,
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Joel Siegel - Good Morning America
If you're feeling indulgent, you may find some of the movie's stunts entertaining, but its loftier ambitions are laughable.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
Singer spins nearly supernatural wizardry in negotiating harmony between character depth and comic book dynamics.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
X-Men might be a lumbering entertainment instead of a pretentious social drama, but that doesn't give Singer the right to throw forward such irresponsible messages.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
the obvious result of endless script rewrites from a parade of big-shot Hollywood writers who were never in sync with each other
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
If you're new to these super heroes, it's a wonderful introduction.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
X-Men has more substance to it than you might expect, and it has a message.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A good old-fashioned superhero action movie.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Sleek, entertaining and stacked with flashy special effects.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
It delivers enough action to entertain the masses while offering a little substance for more thoughtful moviegoers.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Movies like this are about style, not content, and X-Men periodically crackles with giddy, supercharged energy.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's the character development fueling the fire.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
Should both fulfill the expectations of geek-boys across the world and provide great summer entertainment for people that don't know mutants from mud-flaps.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
his franchise seems destined to outlive the superhero series that came before.
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An engaging popcorn movie in a summer that's littered with duds.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I'm sure that regular fans of the comic book will find some inside jokes amusing, but I didn't find much humor and grew weary of the effort.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This is what a summer blockbuster should look like -- smart, sexy, tight in all the right places.
Ron Harner - CheckOut.com
Die-hard action fans may cheer, but if you're looking for the romantic verve of Superman or the dreamlike edginess of Batman, this isn't the comic-book movie for you.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
...done with such remarkable visual style, you might not notice its want of substance.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
It is surely dumb, but exciting nonetheless.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
A rousing, crowd-pleaser that explodes with the meaningful heroics of flawed individuals struggling to save themselves.
J. Rentilly - TNT's Rough Cut
Few characters get much opportunity to hold our attention.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
It's a fun, summer romp.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This movie did what I previously thought was impossible - a comic book justice.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
An exciting, fast-paced adventure that will satisfy all audiences.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's snappy, snazzy, witty, non-exclusive and there are some great performances, with newcomer Jackman -- an Aussie stage performer -- the standout.
Ben Falk - BBC
Ideal balance between intriguing characters, spectacular special effects, and ultra-cool comic book style
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
The rest of us have to be satisfied with the special effects, fight sequences and cartoon sets.
Steve Goldstein - IFilm
Los fans del comic seguramente estaran gratamente sorprendidos por el buen acercamiento al espiritu del comic que mantiene Singer a lo largo del filme
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Never before has a superhero adventure movie devoted significant time to setting up political context for its fictional reality.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
X-Men is a superior comic book crossover that aspires to something more than the camp and the 'kapow'.
Kerry Bashford - Citysearch
As overwrought, over-buzzed, F/X-driven, pure-popcorn summer escapist flicks go, X-Men delivers the goods better than most.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
I believe that most moviegoers, including the comic book clan, are going to really enjoy this latest effort.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It doesn't disappoint the fanboys by dumbing things down for the mass audience, but it doesn't keep its distance either.
Shay Casey - Conceited Critic
Ultimately, X-Men is a reasonably entertaining movie.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Not just a great comic book movie; it's actually a pretty good movie period.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Long-time fans of the comic book might balk at the liberties taken with the character chronologies, but there are just as many scenes that have deftly been transferred from the realm of pen-and-ink.
Mike DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
You can stop shaking in your capes -- this is one comic-book adaptation that gets it right.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Stan Lee should be proud.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Okay for the kids. Fans of the comic book series should be fairly happy.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
X-Men is not a disappointment.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
A compelling mixture of moral inquiry and peppy action.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Singer succeeded ably in bringing a strong, sophisticated, menacing vision to a genre without falling -- for one moment -- into camp.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
One of the very few comic book adaptations that has been successfully translated to the big screen.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
X-Men is X-cellent, bring on the sequel.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
What is surprising about X-Men, however, is that it's downright funny.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
It just may be the best cinematic adaptation of a comic book series since the 1978 version of Superman.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
This is the summer movie for teenagers and anyone who'd like to pretend to be one.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I simply can't say enough good things about X-Men.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
This multi-million dollar, star-studded movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book characters is a solid entertainment even for filmgoers who know nothing about the X-Men.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
It is quite entertaining, but it is simply too short.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This is by far the best adaptation of a "traditional superhero" comic book since Tim Burton's first Batman filck.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
With so many of the mutant heroes so outrageously gifted, it's hard to believe that anyone is ever in any real danger.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
A recipe for the perfect summer flick.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Singer deftly crafts a sleek, unusually tight film that balances comic-book adventure, pulp opera and the fear of being different.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May well be the best cinematic superhero adaptation to date.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
X-Men can stand alongside the first couple of Superman and Batman features as among the best in this admittedly non-competitive genre.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Die-hard Marvel Comic fanatics may quibble with these movie mutants but fans are out there and they will come.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Singer offers barely a whisper of a film, one that's likely to disappoint fan boys and bore the uninitiated.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
It has style, substance, and soul.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
The movie balances brains, brawn and heart in ideal proportions.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The film is a mixed bag with the promise of a better sequel.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
X-Men is good summer fun.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
X-Men is a success, even if barely so.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
The latest failed attempt to build a cinematic franchise on the popularity of a superhero comic.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Stylish, exciting and an occasionally poignant sci-fi adventure spectacle.
Steve Simels - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The film's ambition and energy level smooths over many of the rough spots.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
In a summer filled with box-office success but noticeably short of artistic triumphs, X-Men is definitely a cut above.
Bob Aulert - culturevulture.net
The people behind this project have created the best live action translation of a spandex superhero comic book to the big screen that this Widgett has ever seen.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's the character introductions, however, that give the movie its backbone, and they have been cast with actors that look, and embody, the personas faithfully.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
This feast of fantasy is worth it.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
The fast-action fighting sequences are imaginatively choreographed and fascinating, rather like watching gladiators with different weapons going after each other.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Stylish but redundant.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
While it's not perfect, it is unique: a big-budget comic-book movie populated by superheroes who have very uneasy relationships with Truth, Justice and the American Way.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
If you're a fan of those Marvel Comics mainstays -- Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey -- this is your lucky day.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
isually dazzling with stunning effects and a striking cast of delectable characters.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's a realm worth visiting.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Auteurism despite the odds.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
X-Men is not only a superb action film, but also an impeccably woven character drama with a profound emotional dimension.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
X-Men will exceed your expectations.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
In keeping with its attention to such serious cultural themes, the film's special effects are good enough to make the characters' powers appear realistic but not outlandish.
Sabadino Parker - PopMatters
Flavorless, and a quick fade.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Critically, Singer gets the details right.
Colin Kennedy - Empire Magazine
The best movie made from a comic book and the notable exception to a summer of forgettable Hollywood releases.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
[X-Men] has the action, but also solid dialogue, acting, and careful astute direction.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card