X-Men: Apocalypse Reviews: Critics Weigh In on Jennifer Lawrence-Starring Superhero Film
Movie critics confronted the world’s most powerful mutant — and shrugged.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” arrives Friday with Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Oscar Isaac of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the evil Apocalypse and many other costars whom reviewers had trouble keeping of track of involved in special effects set pieces that had most critics yawning.
Getting a tepid 49 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “X-Men: Apocalypse” was confronted with not only its own expectations — the franchise includes the critically applauded box office hit “Deadpool” — but also from following other films pitting superheroes against one another, including “Captain America: Civil War” (which critics liked) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (which they didn’t).
“There are far too many characters to keep up with in the movie. In fact, there’s far too much movie, period” — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
“As buildings fall and world landmarks crumble, it’s clear we’ve seen all of this before, and done better. There’s nothing innovative or surprising in the way the film goes about its destruction. No wonder Lawrence looks bored half the time” — Alynda Wheat, People magazine
“Despite costing millions of dollars in salaries, special effects and marketing, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ feels like an exercise of obligation, just another item on 20th Century Fox’s spring honey-do list: Replace the batteries in the smoke alarms, release another X-Men movie, clean the gutters. Rarely has the end of the world felt so inconsequential” — David Frese, Kansas City Star
The More Positive X-Men: Apocalypse Reviews Came From Critics Judging It On Its Own Merits
Some reviewers, however, did like “X-Men: Apocalypse” on its own terms.
“Director Bryan Singer invigorates the new film with vintage 1980s charm in an origin story about how the mutant supergroup unites and divides in response to the awakening of Apocalypse. And the film is fun in its own right, with its grand scope and great special effects, and it doesn’t require a viewer’s knowledge of its predecessors to be enjoyed, even if those who already know the characters get an even bigger payoff” — Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
And a few found reason to like it without reservations.
“Piece by piece, Singer fits this ninth film in the franchise (which includes ‘Deadpool’) into the X-Men universe like a master puzzle maker. He does it so well, at least in terms of storytelling, that the X-Men franchise still has a vigorous future” — Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun