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“Batman v Superman” Reviews: Critics savage superhero film

Posted in: General, Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  March 24th, 2016
Batman v Superman Reviews

This weekend, physician the highly-anticipated Batman v. Superman arrives in theaters nationwide. Henry Cavill (who reprises his Man of Steel role of Superman) stars opposite Ben Affleck, stomach who is making his debut as Batman here. After years of anticipation, director Zack Snyder helmed the project that finds Batman’s dour philosophy battling Superman’s more idealistic viewpoint.

Right now, the film is rotten at 30% on but more reviews will inevitably be arriving over the next few days.

In the meantime though, check out a few of the must-read Batman v. Superman reviews (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Alison Willmore, ” The film is a lumbering, glum, cool-toned behemoth that labors to lay groundwork for a DC cinematic universe while setting up two famous characters on a collision course, and lobs out big ideas like an underprepared undergrad sweatily pitching off-the-cuff thesis topics.” Check out the full review here.

Neil Pond, “The solid script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer often steers into think-tank territory—about gods and demons, politics and paranoia—and Synder (who directed Man of Steel and also steered Sucker Punch, 300 and Watchmen) pumps up the religious allegory and symbolism that have always been part of the Superman mythos.” Check out the full review here.

Bob Mondello, “Director Snyder plays to what I suppose you have to call his strengths. He lays on the moody atmospherics and Hans Zimmer’s score, while keeping the images grand enough to support the obligatory special-effects dust-up with a monster in the final reel.” Check out the full review here.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: “The action gets blurry too, not from a deficit of energy—Mr. Snyder, a merchant of bleakness, is also a maestro of high-tech kinetics—but from a lack of variety.” Check out the full review here.

Matthew Razak, “DC is in such a rush to get to Justice League that it’s made BvS too soon and the first half of the movie completely fails because of it. ” Check out the full review here.

Josh Larsen, “At the end of the day, the title characters in Batman v Superman fight simply because there is a ‘v’ in the title. The movie undoubtedly deserves a rotten tomato.” Check out the full review here.

Kenneth Turan, “It turns out that that sunny vision of superhero camaraderie is a product of an earlier, more innocent era, a time before the brooding darkness that engulfs and energizes ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.‘” Check out the full review here.

Jake Coyle, Associated Press: “Zac Snyder’s thundering and grim ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ offers the kind of blunt, mano-a-mano faceoff usually reserved for Predators, Godzillas and presidential candidates.” Check out the full review here.

Nell Minow, “[A]ny Superman movie has to have a trip to the Fortress of Solitude, so that happens, too. That’s where I wanted to be for most of this film.”  Check out the full review here.

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: “‘Dawn of Justice’ is a dark-palette feast for the eyes, with some memorable set pieces, just the right amount of dark humor, strong performances and so many inside references and hints of characters and films to come there could be an entire day of Comic-Con panels just about the spoilers and the teasers and the ‘WHOA!’ moments.” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.