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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Sci-Fi . Fantasy . Adventure . Action

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Actors: Laurence Fishburne , Jeremy Irons , Scoot McNairy , Gal Gadot , Holly Hunter , Ben Affleck , Henry Cavill , Amy Adams , Jesse Eisenberg , Diane Lane
Directors: Zack Snyder
Country: USA
Release: 2016-03-25
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  • Calvin Wilson

    As potential blockbusters go, Batman v Superman is neither as stupid nor as stupendous as it might have been.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Batman v Superman lacks the levity (forced or otherwise) of a typical Marvel Universe entry. But Snyder's superpowered epic does have a sense of import and grandeur about it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    When it sings, “Dawn of Justice” is a wonder. When it drags, it still looks good and offers hints of a better scene just around the corner.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Better than Man of Steel but below the high bar set by Nolan's Dark Knight, Dawn of Justice is still a colossus, the stuff that DC Comics dreams are made of for that kid in all of us who yearns to see Batman and Superman suit up and go in for the kill.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    BvS will please those either waiting for the two main players to lock horns on a movie screen, or those who've just been pining for Wonder Woman forever. And for the nerdier crowds, a fleeting glimpse at other superheroes hints this is the Dawn of something potentially sensational.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The director, a strong technician whose slam-bang emphatic, occasionally operatic style seems made for comic book adaptations, has been well-served by an adept script co-written by Chris Terrio (an Oscar winner for Ben Affleck's "Argo") and David S. Goyer, which raises a number of interesting issues.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Snyder has set a Sisyphean task for himself. That this very long, very brooding, often exhilarating and sometimes scattered epic succeeds as often it does therefore has to be seen as an achievement.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Once Batman v Superman hits its stride, most viewers will feel equal parts pummeled and immersed. Snyder is a master of the dark spectacle and he pours it on starting around the movie’s midpoint.... Still, although viewers may be riveted at times, the net experience isn’t much fun.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This is a comic book epic with a lot of fat and flab around the edges. But the fights are shorter and more involving than the “Transformers” cluttered clashes of “Man of Steel.”

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    There are a few brilliantly realized moments, the acting is mostly strong despite the weak script (Affleck and Cavill are both superb—Affleck unexpectedly so), and there's enough mythic raw material sunk deep in every scene that you can piece together a classic in your mind if you're feeling charitable; but if you aren't, “Batman v. Superman” will seem like a missed opportunity. Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This movie isn’t nearly as terrible as I was expecting, largely due to Snyder’s OCD-level attention to the visual details. And, yes, due to Wonder Woman (played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot), who brings in a badly needed dose of “Dragon Tattoo”-style female energy. Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This is a movie that, to its detriment, takes itself very, very seriously for most of its running time.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Yes, questions regarding violence and mayhem are drowned out by violence and mayhem. Such is the superhero life as directed by Zack Snyder. There is no problem that can't be solved with a cranium-rattling explosion or two.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    While Batman v Superman has no trouble quickening the pulse, it’s less effective when it comes to making you care.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    It’s tough to take all the hardcore emoting seriously, particularly as the emotional heavy lifting is designed to be done by the occasional maudlin line in brief pauses between the explosions. For a film so concerned with its characters’ inner lives, there’s a fundamental disconnect going on here – enough to make you yearn for the lighter touch of the Marvel films.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    There are moments that make the whole enterprise worthwhile, and introduces an intriguing new Batman. But it’s also cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn’t have gone amiss, either.

    Empire Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    I get that this mano a supermano story line is a sacred text among comic-book aficionados, but Dawn of Justice doesn’t do the tale any favors. It’s overstuffed, confusing, and seriously crippled by Eisenberg’s over-the-top performance.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    That face-off between two comics legends becomes but one in a series of big things bashing into other big things, which is what Snyder and writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer mistake for storytelling. The trio do manage to cough up an acceptable number of ooh-that’s-cool moments, and fans who will be satisfied with those will be satisfied with those, but any other ideas and characters the movie might offer get lost in the rubble.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It plants a flag for a new corporate entertainment franchise and it will make international containerships of money, so does it matter that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is joyless and incoherent? Probably not.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Of course, the film is critic-proof, but as a longtime comic book (and film) nerd, I can say with some surety that Snyder has crammed too much of a great thing into his film, resulting in a super-slog that has just too much of everything.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    A sequel that functions as origin story, apologia, and harbinger of a second expanded universe of overpopulated action bonanzas.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    I recommend “Batman v. Superman” to anyone who thought director Zack Snyder showed too much restraint in “300,” who felt “Man of Steel” whisked by too briefly or who wondered how Ben Affleck could be made to seem one of America’s most animated actors while clenching his jaw as tight as a Christmas nutcracker.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to settle a fanboy debate older than Adam West. Instead it raises another: Is being a superhero really this much of a drag?

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The movie's not bad but it doubles down on its least-interesting and potent elements at the expense of those that actually work. In the end, the film is as forgettable as the dime-store philosophy that fuels it.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    While “300" maestro Snyder puts together some very striking scenes — which may be enough for many fanboys — they never really cohere into a whole. He literally throws in the kitchen sink in a film that frantically introduces characters and concepts while never clearly establishing the rules of the DC Comics universe.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This huge, unwieldy movie is busy and overcrowded.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    I’m not sure how a filmmaker whose work normally speaks to me as clearly as Snyder’s does could deliver something that feels this confused, this impersonal, and this corporate. It is a confounding mess of a movie, and while there are individual sequences that I enjoyed as isolated moments, it is almost breathtakingly incoherent storytelling.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Batman V Superman takes a title fight kids of all ages have been speculating about for decades—costumed titan from the cosmos, meet costumed vigilante from the city—and invests it with all the fun of a protracted custody battle.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t a film. It’s a two-and-a-half-hour movie trailer. Better yet, it’s one of those videos that pop up on screens before a ride at Universal Studios, where all the actors speak to you and keep hinting at bigger things to come — you know, like a ride? Basically, it’s everything the SEO-friendly title promises — and more.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is an extraordinarily odd, idiosyncratic movie that presents aggressive, even warlike concepts of Batman and Superman without entirely justifying the eccentric visions.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Rather than focusing on a cataclysmic showdown between pop culture's most famous men in tights, Zack Snyder's flashy, cacophonous follow-up to 2013's "Man of Steel" is basically one long teaser for the next installment.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Everything looks incredible, but the players are all just ciphers for ideas that Snyder lacks the wherewithal to execute.

    CineVue Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    There’s enough going on to keep you watching — and, as I said, to keep fanboys wowed by the scale of the production and pretension. But most people will leave feeling drained and depressed, wondering how a studio can get away with withholding so much.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's all angst and no adventure, a lot of fury and little fun.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Batman v Superman lunges for greatness instead of building toward it: It’s so topheavy with false portent that it buckles under its own weight.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    In Snyder’s formulation, protecting the world from evil isn’t a gift or a calling; it’s a burden. And that feeling is reflected in the movie itself, a burdensome 150-minute slog about two men fighting over who is in the right when both are very clearly in the wrong.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    Gorging on bombast and self-importance, swamped by its own mythology, Batman v Superman is loud, sprawling, and distracted. The action jumps around almost as fast as a man can fly, but nowhere near as smoothly.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The villain here, Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, is so intensely annoying that, very early on, you wish Batman and Superman would just patch up their differences and join forces to put the squirrely rascal out of his, and our, misery.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    If there’s any justice, dawning or otherwise, at the multiplex, audiences will reject Zack Snyder’s lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mélange, a $250 million tombstone for a genre in dire need of a break.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    The film might be pretty to look at, but narratively speaking, it is a disaster.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    Many decisions...make “Batman v Superman” a joyless slog.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Snyder is not without skills, or ideas, but when a critic finds himself at odds with almost every aspect of a director’s visual approach to material like this, material like this becomes pretty joyless.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Strip away the trite character beats, rote plot points, random dream sequences and other narrative padding, and “Batman v Superman” comes down to the actors, their characters and whether they can sustain interest over the long haul. The answer is yes, if they wind up in the hands of filmmakers blessed with authentic imagination rather than serviceable technical chops.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Batman v Superman addresses Man Of Steel's problems in words without learning anything from it in tone. Instead, the new film doubles down on the grimness, the ugliness, and the indifference to human life.

    The Verge Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It is about as diverting as having a porcelain sink broken over your head.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    “Batman v Superman” is an insanely long and convoluted action movie, made worse by an air of importance. It’s dispiriting and visually bland.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Spasms of highfalutin philosophy, and howlingly pretentious dream sequences, serve only as the thinnest of veneers for incessant action in one of the most assaultive movies ever made.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Roan

    It is a movie ostensibly about consequences that never lingers long enough on its own story to consider that the things happening in the narrative present ought to have consequences as well. Very little matters; very little makes sense.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Jonathan L. Fischer

    To put it delicately, this comics fan hated Batman v Superman with the fury of a thousand red-dwarf suns. Blunt, humorless, and baffling, it collides the brutish directorial stamp of its director (he of 300 and Watchmen fame) with the most shameless instincts of our latter-day superhero franchise bubble.

    Slate Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The winner, on points, is Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who crashes the party and leaves them both dumbfounded, not least because she has the wit, and the wherewithal, to confront evil while wearing a conical bustier.

    The New Yorker Full Review
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