X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga - and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Why be so harsh and long-winded about a superhero movie? Because it's an ambitious superhero movie.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie...

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Many of the scenes could have been trimmed, and there's a serious Hugh Jackman-shaped void in the comedy stakes, but for the most part, X really hits the spot.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI.

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Eric D. Snider

It uses the themes of the previous movies to build an intelligent, fast-paced, and highly entertaining prequel.

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Kim Newman
Sight and Sound

For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm.

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Leah Rozen

As X-Men films go, this one gets the job done and is certainly better than Last Stand or Wolverine. But there are still just too darn many X-Men.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

This blazing "pre-boot" breathes new life into the sagging franchise

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Katherine Monk

That First Class also offers up a decent narrative about the importance of self-love, family bonding and friendship gives it extra dimension -- even if the overall dramatic range only goes X to Z.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I was expecting a solid movie. Matthew Vaughn is easily one of my favorite directors. The cast is loaded from top to bottom with a good group of actors even if… More
Josh Lewis
Brings credibility back to the X-Men franchise thanks mainly to Michael Fassbender's excellent portrayal of a young Magneto. James McAvoy does a good job… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The greatest achievement of this film is how it makes us care so much about its characters even though we know beforehand that they are not going to die - the… More
Phil Hubbs
The one problem that instantly popped out at me when this movie came about was the fact that it seemed way too soon after the original trilogy and… More
KJ Proulx
Just when people were beginning to lose faith prequels, along comes "X-Men: First Class." In one of the best prequels ever made (not just by comic… More
Eugene Bernabe
Matthew Vaughn writes and directs a superb origin film of the uncanny Marvel mutant-militia. X-Men: First Class is classy, filled with action, style and moving… More