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Film.com

Captain America: The Winter Soldier neatly and entertainingly puts into motion some big changes in the Marvel universe, while still sticking to its own charms — no easy feat, but one fit for a hero.
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88

RogerEbert.com

By Odie Henderson
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
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.
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80

Total Film

By Matt Maytum
With a string of gratifying action sequences, and a breakneck pace leavened by a frequently witty script, The Winter Soldier stands alone as a solidly entertaining blockbuster.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable, though, and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth — all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades.
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80

The Guardian

In the first movie, an injection transformed wimpy Steve Rogers into strapping Captain America; similarly, this sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them.
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80

Empire

It may climax with an overly formulaic splurge, but The Winter Soldier benefits from an old-school-thriller tone that, for its first half at least, distinguishes it from its more obviously superheroic Marvel cousins.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An often breathlessly exciting action thriller told with humor and intelligence.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
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.
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69 out of 100
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