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
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