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“X-Men: Apocalypse:” Must-Read Early Reviews

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  May 12th, 2016
X-Men Apocalypse Early Reviews

The first X-Men reviews are in for the third installment in the series and thus far, price the majority of them aren’t very favorable. Compared to the first two installments in this series, find X-Men: Apocalypse is facing a lot of negative feedback. In 2011, X-Men: First Class (the first in this series) arrived in theaters and received very favorable reviews (it has an 87% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes). That film was followed by X-Men: Days of Future Past, which earned an amazing 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that film was one of my favorite movies of the year).

At this writing, X-Men: Apocalypse only has a 53% positive rating on That number will likely change as new reviews pour in but if these reviews are a harbinger of things to come, this movie could be in for a critical drubbing.

We’ve looked over a lot of the new reviews and here’s a list of a few of the must-read X-Men Apocalypse early reviews below (stay tuned for our full review).

Dustin Putman, “Director Bryan Singer misses the prime chance to put this into a more emotional perspective by touching upon the human consequence of said destruction, but he nevertheless saturates the narrative in an absorbing urgency and affectingly stays focused on his engagingly distinct roster of protagonists.” Check out the full review here.

Geoff Berkshire, “Even though ‘Apocalypse’ hardly reps the franchise nadir (an in-joke midway through this ’80s-set pic throws deserved shade at Brett Ratner’s woeful ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ as one character exits ‘Return of the Jedi’ and laments ‘the third one’s always the worst’), this is easily the least compelling, surprising and satisfying of Singer’s entries.” Check out the full review here.

Todd McCarthy, “Both Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse are superhero extravaganzas with severe traffic control problems, but while the former keeps things flowing reasonably smoothly, the latter film, set to arrive in theaters just weeks later, resembles a bumper-car nightmare.”Check out the full review here.

Chris Nashawaty, “.After the rejuvenated one-two punch of 2011’s First Class and 2014’s Days of Future Past, there was reason to expect better.” Check out the full review here.

Perri Nemiroff, “Overall, the X-Men: Apocalypse narrative starts off strong with highly enjoyable introductions and a fun “getting the band (back) together” kind of feel, but then it fizzles out and turns into a mind-numbing montage of poorly choreographed combat and outrageous, widespread destruction.” Check out the full review here.

Michael Phillips, “John Dykstra supervised the visual effects, which are relentless and routine. Like I said: I’ve seen worse this year. And better.” Check out the full review here.

Stay tuned for our full review.