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X-Men: Apocalypse

7/10
Fantasy . Science Fiction . Adventure . Action . Sci-Fi
 

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

 
Actors: Olivia Munn , Evan Peters , Sophie Turner , Rose Byrne , Tye Sheridan , Nicholas Hoult , Oscar Isaac , Michael Fassbender , Jennifer Lawrence , James McAvoy
Directors: Bryan Singer
Country: USA
Release: 2016-05-27
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    This film nimbly mixes narrative exuberance and emotional depth, flamboyant displays of power with quietly terrifying exchanges. It zips along, combining the highs and lows of a real comic book – all the feeling, color, and wonder, even some of the dopiness – with gloriously cinematic storytelling.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Edward Douglas

    Once again, it's Evan Peters' Quicksilver who steals the movie whenever we see his powers in action, maybe because they've found a unique way to showcase them. There's even a fun but unnecessary tangent involving another popular "X-Men" character.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Neither resting on formula nor audience goodwill, the “X-Men” series is going deeper and getting better as it goes along.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The X-Men adventures keep getting bigger, but Singer works extremely hard to ensure that, even when they’re not always better, they continue to thrill sufficiently.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    I enjoyed the energy of the film, and the cast is pretty solid throughout, but there’s a big problem that is inherent to the idea that we have to make these films bigger and bigger to outdo things that have come before.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Apocalypse, for all its faults, has the audacity to make the MCU look small, and the conviction to make the DCU — if there even is such a thing — look foolish for confusing self-seriousness with gravity. If only these characters were allowed to be as complex as the ideas they fight for, Apocalypse could have represented a new beginning for superhero cinema.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Sam C. Mac

    The issue with X-Men: Apocalypse is that Bryan Singer suggests so many possible directions to go in and still chooses the least interesting one.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    The biggest X-Men movie yet doesn’t scrimp on carnage, but lacks the heft of Singer’s previous instalments.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The idea of an apocalypse means every dial has to be turned up to 11 and this film certainly provides bangs for your buck, although there is less space for the surreal strangeness of the X-Men to breathe, less dialogue interest, and they do not have the looser, wittier joy of the Avengers. But the more playful episodes with Cyclops and Quicksilver are welcome and everything hangs together.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    X-Men: Apocalypse is sprawling to a fault, in both geography and characters to be given something to do.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    There’s a same ol’, same ol’ wash to X-Men: Apocalypse that wasn’t quite as apparent in the previous two entries.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    Director Bryan Singer made more hay with Marvel’s mighty mutant menagerie in the early 2000s, but the new film comes undone with too many characters and not enough nuance or freshness.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The epic effects, titanic struggles and ever-evolving line-up of characters of "Apocalypse," coming hot on the heels of “Civil War” and “Batman v. Superman” and “Deadpool,” underline the exhausted ingredients of the formula these movies all use. The filmmakers strain to find something new to do with them, and watching them try too hard is wearying.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    13 years later, the X-Men are bigger, and the effects used to bring their powers to life are even more convincing. But what’s missing at this point is that sense of awe and wonder from those early days. For all the fighting and blasting and bamfing, we’ve seen it all before — sometimes literally.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    This one’s no gem. It’s simply large, and long (two-and-a-half hours, the usual length lately with these products). I remain unpersuaded and slightly galled by the attempts to interpolate the history, locale and tragic meaning of Auschwitz into what used to be known as popcorn movies.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Apocalypse feels like a confused, kitchen-sink mess with a half dozen too many characters, a villain who amounts to a big blue nothing, and a narrative that’s so choppy and poorly cut together that it feels like you’re watching a flipbook instead of a movie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Roan

    While not a disaster, it would be fair to say it is somewhere between “disappointingly serviceable” and “embarrassingly pointless.”

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    Apocalypse feels like a cog in Fox’s perpetual-motion blockbuster machine, paying lip service to the story’s allegorical potential as it grinds our interest to dust.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    The problem is that Apocalypse's highlights feel like moments of serenity amidst two-and-a-half-hours of lumbering, inconsequential chaos.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but not by an awful lot, and vastly less entertaining than Marvel’s current Captain America smash, it’s also curiously more sadistic, and seemingly less bothered about large-scale human fallout, than this once-spirited series used to be. Apocalypse isn’t quite the end of the world for X-Men fans, but it might be the end of the line.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Although the X-Men ensembles are usually large, there are simply too many characters for the action-heavy “Apocalypse” to properly juggle.

    Variety Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Messier and heavier than Days Of Future Past, this is not so much the next step in the X-Men’s evolution as a failed callback to past glories.

    Empire Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    X-Men: Apocalypse provides a hint at what might one day take down the ubiquitous superhero genre: utter dullness. For all its bangs, the movie is ultimately a whimper.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    There are no memorable action scenes—the closest we get is a virtual rerun of the time-freeze sequence from the previous movie. And the script is just nonsense, comprised entirely of sarcastic asides, portentous gobbledygook ("The dawn of a new age will rise!" cries Isaac) and insider references that only the faithful will appreciate. Unless that’s you, it’s best to steer clear.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Despite the undeniable presence of a huge amount of action, X-Men: Apocalypse is decidedly a case of more is less, especially when compared with the surprising action and more interesting personal interactions (including the temporary subtraction of some characters) in other big Marvel franchises.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Watching Apocalypse, you don’t feel as if every character is being set up for his or her own spinoff. They complement one another. They need one another. The overflowing ensemble nature of the enterprise is the whole point.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This isn’t A-level X-Men, but it’s a visual feast, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s brimming with stellar performances, it has some legitimately moving teamwork segments — and it contains perhaps my favorite scene of any movie this year.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    X-Men: Apocalypse is a competently made superhero action film but it’s not a game-changer and its brand of action seems a little too familiar.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Much of what makes X-Men: Apocalypse legitimately interesting also makes it frustrating and lopsided, since Singer and screenwriter-producer Simon Kinberg remain committed to the structure of an overlong comic-book blockbuster, complete with a climax in which the world has to be saved using as many different colors of energy beam as possible.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Director Bryan Singer, who started the whole thing in high style with 2000's "X-Men," returns for a fourth time. Singer shows a lot of energy, but he and screenwriter Simon Kinberg (Fantastic Four, yuck) let the movie get way overcrowded.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    At times, “Apocalypse” can be great fun, even if it doesn’t know when to hand its car keys to a friend and ask to be taken home.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    The action, aside from the cloudy 3D, looks impressive (particularly the destruction of the Sydney Opera House), and X-Men: Apocalypse moves along tidily, but you watch thinking that all this used to be a lot more fun.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    When we have to spend time with Beast and Angel and Nightcrawler and Cyclops and Psylocke and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence, still strong), the movie too often becomes a parade of cameos. Apocalypse has no personality, merely the malevolence of a megalomaniac.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    This ninth installment in the Marvel mutant superhero franchise is rife with urgent and (dare we say?) apocalyptic comings and goings, with characters and confrontations that seem at once familiar and befuddling.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    For deeply steeped Marvel Comics aficionados it will probably be fairly satisfying, and there’s no reason on earth why anyone else should even bother.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Disorganized but engaging, full of visual pyrotechnics and earnest emotion, it is diverting, if not necessarily convincing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Some of the franchise stalwarts, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, are given too little to do. Most are given too much.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    It’s a goofy, confusing mess of a sequel, a cautionary tale of what happens when a filmmaker lives too long inside his own franchise to realize that no one takes it nearly as seriously as he does.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Mostly, though, it’s the same old story: Bad mutants versus good mutants, with the fate of us humans — mostly off-screen, disturbingly expendable — hanging in the balance.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    For every lively moment, there’s a reminder that the franchise is tiring.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    McAvoy and Fassbender appealingly reprise their frenemy chemistry. But Lawrence has little to do but look perplexed.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Point is, the property is running on bald tires, and, for all its ear-splitting racket and lavish effects, “Apocalypse” is the barest of retreads.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It feels flat, disjointed, with too many moving parts.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    Apocalypse never rises from the sum of its parts, becoming another bloated summer spectacle that rides the rail between fan service and coherent story. You can probably guess which side it eventually crashes on.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Not all superhero action films need the MCU's banter or Deadpool's smarm. But you can't play a symphony with a single note. With Apocalypse, Singer never gets around to varying his single, gloomy, dreary tune.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The previous episode, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” was as fresh and enjoyable as this one is semicoherent and dispiriting.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The movie’s top-flight cast is left in ridiculous positions.

    Time Full Review
  • Angelica Jade Bastien

    X-Men: Apocalypse is a confused, bloated mess of a film.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
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