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The Avengers

8/10
Thriller . Sci-Fi . Adventure . Action . Science Fiction
 

When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!

 
Actors: Stellan Skarsgård , Cobie Smulders , Clark Gregg , Tom Hiddleston , Jeremy Renner , Scarlett Johansson , Chris Hemsworth , Mark Ruffalo , Chris Evans , Robert Downey Jr.
Directors: Joss Whedon
Country: USA
Release: 2012-05-04
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  • Amy Biancolli

    There are moments of genuine pathos, genuine humor, genuine surprise. As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The Avengers is both campy and ­reverential. Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Most impressive of all, The Avengers makes superhero movies new again - a colossal task indeed.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Tasked with meeting the many requirements necessary for any Avengers movie to work, Whedon checks off all the boxes, then sets about creating new expectations for what a big superhero movie ought to be.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The real hero here is Joss Whedon, who directs the film with a fanboy's enthusiasm and a thorough knowledge of the genre.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Avengers kicks ass.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Avengers has it all. And then some. Six superheroes for the price of one ticket... It's also the blockbuster I saw in my head when I imagined a movie that brought together the idols of the Marvel world in one, shiny, stupendously exciting package. It's "Transformers" with a brain, a heart and working sense of humor. Suck on that, Michael Bay. [10 May 2012, p.74]

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Avengers is as brawny and lamebrainy as any comic book movie deserves to be, capped by a 40-minute assault pummeling senses as few action sequences ever have.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    In terms of storytelling, The Avengers is for the most part a highly functional, banged-together vehicle that runs on synthetic franchise fuel. Yet the grand finale of CGI action, set in the streets of New York, is - in every sense - smashing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    This mania is what Marvel followers have hungered for, and it would be fruitless to deny their delight. As Loki says to a crowd of earthlings, "It is the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation." We do, Master, we do.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Whedon is the key reason why this $220-million behemoth of a movie is smartly thought out and executed with verve and precision. It may be overly long at two hours, 23 minutes, but so much is going on you might not even notice.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The action scenes-blissfully easy to follow-are where Whedon makes the giant leap into the big leagues.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The Avengers doesn't aim for transcendence, only for the juggler's skill of keeping the balls smoothly airborne, and in 3-D too (converted after production). At that it succeeds.

    Time Full Review
  • James White

    The Avengers have been assembled and, for the most part, they fit together superbly. A joyous blend of heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm grip on what makes the individual heroes tick.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jonathan Crocker

    Big, brash and very funny, Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble is equal to the sum of its parts – and for once, that's no faint praise. Suit up.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Fans of all that has come before (excluding Roger Corman's premature-ejaculation version of "The Fantastic Four," natch) will weep tears of giddy joy at how crowd-pleasingly cohesive – and ridiculously fun – this film is.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.

    NPR Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Even with the flaws of the final half, The Avengers is grand, brisk fun. It comes tantalizingly close to reaching the level of the very best comic book films of the current generation.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The Avengers has been executed with all the reverence the super-fans demand, as well as the winking, self-referential humor that has made it palatable for filmgoers disinclined to take a bunch of grown men dressed in spangles and spandex so very seriously.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Whedon has made a superb template of an action film.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Whedon weaves a story that allows each of the heroes to do what they do best. And while they may not have exactly equal time, audiences get enough of each to feel satisfied, but not sated. Clever work, indeed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    When I see these six together, I can't help thinking of the champions at the Westminster Dog Show. You have breeds that seem completely different from one another (Labradors, poodles, boxers, Dalmatians), and yet they're all champions.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    If the film is more solid and satisfying than terrific, so be it.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The Avengers is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. What it expertly is, is whelming.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Because it pulls off the tricky feat of combining multiple pre-existing Marvel franchises into a reasonably entertaining and tonally coherent whole, The Avengers will likely be hailed as a kind of thinking fan's superhero film, the way Whedon's recent "Cabin in the Woods" functioned as both a horror movie and a critique of same.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The fiery finale is good enough to leave the legions smiling. But when a movie is expected to lift an entire industry, "good enough" shouldn't be good enough.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The chaos and carnage here is just a pumped-up take on a tradition that harks back to Godzilla, and harks back, of course, to the Marvel comics from which all these heros originally sprang.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jaime N. Christley

    While The Avengers exhibits exemplary craftsmanship, Joss Whedon hasn't made a great film.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    They're fascinating characters, to be sure, with back stories ripe for development. But Whedon doesn't commit here, and the results are shrug-worthy.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don't tell much of a story – what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    It's fun to watch Whedon pitch his heroes against each other. Child's play, maybe, but entertaining all the same.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The bad news is that if you haven't seen "Thor," "Captain America" and "Iron Man 2" - that's six hours and three minutes of homework - The Avengers won't make sense. The good news is if you're a human under the age of 45, you probably already have.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Expected too is the result: a kind of sterile opulence or, if you prefer, a magnificent emptiness.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Every time the movie hints at something rich and evocative, Whedon undercuts it with a punchline - his instincts as a big-picture storyteller crippled by his short-term need to please the crowd.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Avengers has a knockout final 30 minutes, all gee-whiz crash and bang and eye candy that makes grand use of 3D and IMAX and all the other toys. But the Transformers movies did that, too.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    What I see in The Avengers, unfortunately, is a diminished film despite its huge scale, and kind of a bore.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    Of the star-studded cast, only Mark Ruffalo (playing Bruce Banner) and Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man) bring any personality to the place-holder dialogue. Overlong, monotonous, violent, and simple-minded, this is like one of those "World's Biggest Gang Bang" videos, except that no one onscreen appears to be enjoying himself.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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