• Released
  • May 4, 2012
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 23 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 17,808 Fan Ratings
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
There are moments of genuine pathos, genuine humor, genuine surprise. As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Most impressive of all, The Avengers makes superhero movies new again - a colossal task indeed.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Avengers has it all. And then some. Six superheroes for the price of one ticket... It's also the blockbuster I saw in my head when I imagined a movie that brought together the idols of the Marvel world in one, shiny, stupendously exciting package. It's "Transformers" with a brain, a heart and working sense of humor. Suck on that, Michael Bay. [10 May 2012, p.74]
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In terms of storytelling, The Avengers is for the most part a highly functional, banged-together vehicle that runs on synthetic franchise fuel. Yet the grand finale of CGI action, set in the streets of New York, is - in every sense - smashing.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, The Avengers feels like the moment you've been waiting for.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Whedon weaves a story that allows each of the heroes to do what they do best. And while they may not have exactly equal time, audiences get enough of each to feel satisfied, but not sated. Clever work, indeed.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The chaos and carnage here is just a pumped-up take on a tradition that harks back to Godzilla, and harks back, of course, to the Marvel comics from which all these heros originally sprang.
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don't tell much of a story – what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.
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69 out of 100
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