88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this cheerfully perverse origin tale of Magneto, Professor X and their mutant team, Vaughn delivers a fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, suave and unaffected, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This prequel draws new energy from supersmart casting, plus the shrewd notion of setting the beginnings of the X-Men saga in the early 1960s.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Perfectly fine summer folderol, epic enough on its own terms if not quite big enough to expand beyond its genre and matter to people who find it difficult to care about characters who spit gobs of flaming phlegm. I realize there are fewer and fewer of us, but we're a hardy band and stubborn.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This X- Men is indeed first class: an exciting, bold and thoroughly enjoyable summer blockbuster.
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70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
So while X-Men: First Class at first takes its source material with just the right amount of self-deprecating seriousness, it founders in the second half, when it becomes overburdened with squirrelly plot mechanics and an excess of self-evident dialogue.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An elaborate origins story with more datelines than an issue of Condé Nast Traveler (Oxford! Miami! Argentina! Poland!), X-Men: First Class has some fun trying to explain how Professor X, Magneto, and all those mopey mutants came to be.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's big, bright, savvy, and so expansive you'll undoubtedly leave feeling you got your money's worth.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Uneven, occasionally silly, true, but it's also an improvement over 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand."
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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