New Captain America 2 Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics
Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures finally released their new “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier” super hero/action flick into theaters today, and all the reviews from the top movie critics are in. It looks like good news for the film as it garnered up mostly positive reactions with an overall 70 score out of 100 across 39 reviews over at Metacritic.com.
The film stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández. We’ve provided snippets from some of the critics,below.
Odie Henderson at RogerEbert.com, gave it a great 88 score, saying, “The rare film in this genre that serves as both entry point and continuation. For a change, you can walk in cold and you won’t be too lost.” Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, awarded it another 88 grade. He stated: “Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo and the team of screenwriters have fashioned a story with just the right balance of superhero fun, nods to the greater Marvel Universe and genuine dramatic tension.”
Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly, gave it an 83 score, saying, “The creators of Captain America: The Winter Soldier have brought off something fresh and bold.” Joe Neumaier over at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80, stating, “Parents, take note: For all its heart, this is a tougher, more morally complex movie than its predecessors. Young kids carrying their miniversions of Cap’s famous shield may be in for a jolt.”
Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a 75 score. She said: “An often breathlessly exciting action thriller told with humor and intelligence.” Ty Bur at the Boston Globe, awarded it a 75 grade, saying, “The new film isn’t nearly as bleak as Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman (in general, Marvel seems more risk-averse when it comes to fiddling with the crown jewels), but it still creates an action-movie landscape torn between patriotic ideals and harsh post-9/11 realpolitik.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 score, claiming, “The movie does its duty. It’s a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza.” Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier is every rousing, whup-ass thing you want in an escapist adventure.”
Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it a 75 score, saying: “A baggy, at times brutal conglomeration of surprisingly deep character development and aggressively percussive action, The Winter Soldier is a comic-book movie only in its provenance.”
Todd McCarthy over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 score. He stated: “For sheer plotting and audience involvement, this is a notch above any of the other Avengers-feeding Marvel entries, the one that feels most like a real movie rather than a production line of ooh-and-ahh moments for fanboys.”
Scott Foundas from Variety, gave it another 70 grade, saying, “It’s to the credit of the Russos that they give the characters such room to breathe in a movie that easily might have been about rushing from one gargantuan setpiece to the next.”
The New York Time’s Manohla Dargis, gave it a 50 score. She stated: “Given how little creative wiggle room there is in properties like The Winter Soldier, it’s a minor triumph that the Russos imprint any personality on the movie, which is less a stand-alone work than a part of an ever-expanding multimedia enterprise.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it another 50 score. He claimed: “Has the usual overlong running time, the half-hearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible.”
Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score as well. He stated: “It’s a product of the highest quality, but at the end of the day that’s what it is: a machine-made, assembly-line product whose strengths tend to feel like items checked off a master list rather than being the result of any kind of individual creative touch.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 50, saying, “Deeply mediocre and ultra-predictable.” And to wrap things up, Eric Henderson over at Slant Magazine really didn’t enjoy it, giving it only a 38 score. He said: “Despite one or two moments of Venture Brothers-worthy fancy, the film is as by-the-numbers as any this series has ever offered.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.