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Captain America: The First Avenger

Sci-Fi . Adventure . Action . Science Fiction

Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.

Actors: Natalie Dormer , Toby Jones , Stanley Tucci , Samuel L. Jackson , Dominic Cooper , Sebastian Stan , Hayley Atwell , Tommy Lee Jones , Hugo Weaving , Chris Evans
Directors: Joe Johnston
Country: USA
Release: 2011-07-22
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  • Shawn Levy

    It gives you all that you could ask for when you buy a ticket to a thrill ride.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Glen Weldon

    The movie surges ahead, moving nimbly through a series of action set-pieces that owe more to films like "Where Eagles Dare" and "The Guns of Navarone" than they do to, say, "The Green Hornet."

    NPR Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Adding goofy uncertainty to shoulders as wide as the East River makes for a disarming hero in one of the spiffiest WWII action yarns ever to march out of Hollywood.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The best kind of comic-book movie. It's stylish and spectacular, yet it's rooted in history and human emotions. It's smart yet it's funny. It's wise yet it kicks ass when it has to. Just like the U.S. of A.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The most stylish comics-derived entertainment of the year...It's paced and designed for people who won't shrivel up and die if two or three characters take 45 seconds between combat sequences to have a conversation about world domination, or a dame.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    Joe Johnston - returning to the vibe of his first directorial effort, "The Rocketeer" (1991) - creates a fun retro-futurist environment with a World War II setting, and he has the discernment not to let the effects overwhelm the story.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Captain America isn't a masterpiece, but it's a solidly crafted, elegant adventure movie that held my attention from start to finish and sent me out into the street energized instead of enervated.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This muscular, red-blooded adventure has a decent heart and the stuff of Saturday afternoon serials running through its veins.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Captain America is exactly what the third week of July needed: a curiously fun, surprisingly imaginative and unashamedly old-fashioned yarn of skulduggery and adventure. Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    What really distinguishes Captain from the other superhero movies of 2011 (and quite frankly, the majority of the others released in the last several years) is a romance that feels like an integral - not incidental - component of the plot.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    What distinguishes Cap is his humble backstory, which involves neither hairy gods nor hot-dogging test pilots but a kid from Brooklyn who just wants to fight for freedom.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While the story is preposterous and most of the cast standard-issue, it's hard not to like a comic-book movie that features both Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers and high-tech vaporizing weaponry.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    For the most part, it manages to balance laughs, genuinely rousing moments, and a fully packed agenda into something fleet enough to keep running under the weight of its rich ambitions.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Captain America might hold the most promise, not just of saving the world, but of saving comic book movies from themselves.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Succeeds where "Thor" didn't and the "Incredible Hulk" hasn't, twice. Unlike those drags, director Joe Johnston keeps things relatively simple and pleasantly stupid.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Stolidly corny, old-fashioned pulp fun.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The fourth comic book movie of the summer is the best comic book movie of the summer. Johnston has delivered a light, clever and deftly balanced adventure picture with real lump in the throat nostalgia.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    On its own, Captain America is a modestly engaging little-big movie in the median range: well below the first "Iron Man," somewhat above "X-Men: First Class."

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Captain America is first and foremost an origins story. Almost half of the film's running time elapses before Rogers gets any kind of power at all, and though its elements are awfully familiar, it's the most involving part of the film because it takes advantage of Evans' performance.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Has a winningly pulpy, jaunty, earnest spirit.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Sticking to its simplistic, patriotic origins, where a muscular red, white and blue GI slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw is all that's required, Captain America trafficks in red-blooded heroes, dastardly villains, classy dames and war-weary military officers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Captain America falls into the prevalent pitfalls of origin stories. So much time and effort is expended explaining how the protagonist gains his super-powers (and exploring his initial usage of them) that there's not enough opportunity to develop a compelling storyline beyond his "baptism."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    From its antagonists to its art direction, everything about Johnston's movie has a been-there, seen-that familiarity. Yet Evans' clean-cut idealism and objectives make old-fashioned patriotism look fresh.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    This is what the ongoing onslaught of comic book movies lacks: stars. Real stars. Robert Downey Jr. is the exception when he should be the rule. It's possible we take these movies for granted because the marketing tells us we should.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Here's the funny thing: Despite all the Captain America rah-rah in costume and indestructible shield, the movie is at its best when the story sticks with skinny Steve.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Tommy Lee Jones provides wisecracking levity as Rogers's commanding officer, Hayley Atwell supplies the aforementioned buxom chest and accompanying tough-girl grit as Rogers's British love interest, and Johnson directs with flair, his set pieces defined by both muscularity and clarity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Colin Kennedy

    Charming, handsome and full of pep – all 70 year-old Cap lacks is a knockout blow. Still, Johnston should be saluted for old-fashioned heart in a cynical age, while Marvel should be confined to barracks for cynical marketing.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Fear

    The old-fashioned vibe, in fact, does more than just distinguish the story of skinny runt turned supersoldier Steve Rogers (Evans) from every other comic-book movie out there, though its fetishization of retro-techno gizmos and getups-call it leatherbucklepunk-immensely adds to the fun.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the end, the action sequences are just overblown and dollar-squandering, with no particular payoff in the entertainment department. The supporting actors - particularly Jones, Tucci and Luke - are the thing to watch here; they do all they can to keep the movie's gears running smoothly.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The final conflict is so protracted as to comfortably accommodate a bathroom break. Don't worry. You won't miss anything you haven't seen before.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    Is there any doubt Evans' Captain America will do exactly what the character created 70 years ago by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby did in the comics – kick Nazi butt? The real surprise will come next year, when we get to see how the super-square Captain adapts to 21st-century life.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Evans – always a reliably dynamic and vivacious screen presence – can't do much to bring the character to life. As far as superheroes go, Cap remains a bit of a stiff.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    As Marvel heroes go, Captain America must be the most vanilla of the lot.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Once Captain America goes off to war in his endearingly silly suit, however, the movie starts to lose its vibe.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    (A) hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D.

    Village Voice Full Review
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