'Marvel's The Avengers' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   64 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   302 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    90
    The Avengers is popcorn cinema at its best.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    It's an enjoyably absurd and absurdly enjoyable extravaganza, both delirious and surrealist.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    [It] carries the mark of a piece of expensively assembled fan fiction, albeit stitched together with a lightness and wit that will just about carry the casual viewer through two-and-a-half-hours of comic geek nirvana.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    This mega-entertaining "Avengers" film is something comic fans have dreamed of since Marvel debuted the title almost 50 years ago.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    ... the filmmakers behind The Avengers attack their task of creating a comic book superhero epic with not just conviction, but something almost resembling panache.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Avengers" is done well by Joss Whedon, with style and energy. It provides its fans with exactly what they desire.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Avengers" is both a culminator and a set-up for more, more, more.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    Whedon's investment in building this world is so complete that it captures the audience, as well.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon's buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order.
    Full Review » 3 years ago