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...

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

If you didn't see the previous movies, you may not be able to appreciate some of the subtle references, but that won't make you enjoy the movie any less. Check it out.

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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
Film.com

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

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Ultimately, Hollywood has once again proven it has a power all its own: the ability to suck the life out of what was once a reasonably entertaining franchise.

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap

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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

X-Men doesn't really know what it wants to be: a camp-fest, a super gay love story, a celebration of '60s comic book style, or a semi-solemn treatise on learning how to accept and celebrate diversity.

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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