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Captain America: The First Avenger Synopsis
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This muscular, red-blooded adventure has a decent heart and the stuff of Saturday afternoon serials running through its veins.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What distinguishes Cap is his humble backstory, which involves neither hairy gods nor hot-dogging test pilots but a kid from Brooklyn who...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Stolidly corny, old-fashioned pulp fun.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the story is preposterous and most of the cast standard-issue, it's hard not to like a comic-book movie that features both Busby...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Sticking to its simplistic, patriotic origins, where a muscular red, white and blue GI slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw is all that's...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here's the funny thing: Despite all the Captain America rah-rah in costume and indestructible shield, the movie is at its best when the...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
From its antagonists to its art direction, everything about Johnston's movie has a been-there, seen-that familiarity. Yet Evans' clean-cut...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is what the ongoing onslaught of comic book movies lacks: stars. Real stars. Robert Downey Jr. is the exception when he should be the...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
In the end, the action sequences are just overblown and dollar-squandering, with no particular payoff in the entertainment department. The...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Once Captain America goes off to war in his endearingly silly suit, however, the movie starts to lose its vibe.
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Well Done, Marvel!!! A Total Must Watch!!!

By pictouch
At first, I was reluctant to see this movie, since Chris Evans was playing Captain: America. Now after watching the movie, I have to say, this movie has done great justice to the protagonist! In fact,...

WOW Captain America!

By peaceout13
I thought that this was an amazing movie and would definitely go see it again! The action was so..... Everywhere that it had to keep you on the edge of your seat! The actors were chosen well and...

By jennbunny00

Captain America: The First Avenger: A-

By MattH306
Really enjoyed this movie - Chris Evans played the role well....

The best Marvel Comics/Superhero movie in years!

By alle8727
Fun, American, Patriotic! The look of the film is beautiful and makes us remember why the 'Great Generation' was so great. 1940's sexy. This movie doesn't villanize all Germans like a lot of WWII...

Love the Avenger!

By JustLuvMovies
I loved Iron-Man so I was hooked on all the "Avenger" hero type movies. Iron-Man (1) was my have to see Captain America, the First Avenger. Pretty good (not great) and worth seeing. I...

A solid effort at 'The First Avenger'

By mtknightdog
The first 30 minutes were perfect, but once he became an official solider and the montage of them taking over the bases was shown, the story started losing its steam and cut itself short. Still a...

Heroes are Made in America!!!

By violentjkd
Not "The Dark Knight" good but it was "Spider-Man 2" good. My only real issue was the Bucky change but it was well-done & likely necessary to keep from adding at minimum another 30 mins to the run...

go see it!

By IceProwler
I liked the movie my wife loved it and the kids thought it was awesome.Worth the $ for the whole family, 3D was excellent....

Grade: C

By GooberSmooch458
I must admit, I do appreciate the burning patriotism embedded in the film. I guess this is one of those movies where you have to be a die hard Marvel fan to enjoy it. Unfortunately, I'm not that...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
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Common Sense Media says Comic book adventure mixes patriotism, explosive action.
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