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“X-Men Apocalypse” Reviews: Has this series lost its mojo?

Posted in: Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  May 30th, 2016
X-Men Apocalypse Reviews

The X-Men Apocalypse reviews are in but this new installment isn’t receiving the critical affection that its predecessors were well-known for.

The latest X-Men film series has been known for its stellar reviews. X-Men First Class received a notable 87% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes while its sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past received an amazing 91% positive rating. With the main cast returning and Bryan Singer who previously helmed three X-Men movies, treatment this one looked like it could continue the tradition.

Unfortunately though, many critics have been disappointed in this third installment, which features Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, the oldest mutant in recorded history who has returned to the fray to destroy civilization.

At this writing, the feature has a 49% fresh rating on

Check out a few of the must-read X-Men Apocalypse reviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).

Peter Travers, “Even covered in makeup and headgear, Isaac — like Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises — shows what a virtuoso actor can do with his hands metaphorically tied behind his back. He’s the life of the party.” Check out the full review here.

Angelica Jade Bastien, “‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ should be a corrective measure, considering its ensemble allows for the opportunity to focus on popular female and people-of-color characters. Instead, it magnifies all the worst issues of the genre, serving up a story that would have felt dated five years ago.” Check out the full review here.

Glenn Kenny, “But for every lively moment, there’s a reminder that the franchise is tiring. “Check out the full review here.

Pete Hammond, “X-Men: Apocalypse definitely is a mixed bag, and the director, with help from screenwriter Simon Kinberg, might have bitten off too much.” Check out the full review here.

Kurt Loder, “[D]espite some nose-holding early reviews, X-Men: Apocalypse turns out to be a pretty good one, rivaling its well-regarded predecessor, X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Check out the full review here.

Nicholas Barber, “[I]n their senseless and uninvolving new sequel, the series’ former wit, resonance and internal logic seem to have been lost in all the swirling clouds of computer-generated dust.” Check out the full review here.

Chris Nashawaty, “Apocalypse feels like a confused, kitchen-sink mess with a half dozen too many characters, a villain who amounts to a big blue nothing, and a narrative that’s so choppy and poorly cut together that it feels like you’re watching a flipbook instead of a movie.” Check out the full review here.

Nell Minow, “When I say that this episode is a “Muppet Babies” take on the X-Men, I do not necessarily mean that in a bad way.” Check out the full review here.

Alonso Duralde, “Whether it’s the lack of an interesting villain, or the fact that the series’ time-travel element is forcing these mutants to meet each other (and the audience) all over again for the first time, this latest entry marks a shocking letdown from Singer’s earlier contributions; what once soared now slogs.” Check out the full review here.

Scott Mendelson, “It is a lifeless and hollow shell of a picture, lacking exciting action, strong character interplay, or compelling storytelling.” Check out the full review here.

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