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Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"You could ding it for convoluted plotting and a retro style that flattens the usual Marvel fireworks. But a dynamite Brie Larson gives hell to cosmic villains and sexist trolls (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"It’s a savvier and more high-flying fantasy than 'Wonder Woman' (...) A tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"Marked by unimaginative plotting, cut-rate villains, a bland visual style and a lack of elan in every department (...) It's the cinematic equivalent of elementary brick and mortar construction."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"It's not too long, not too self-important, and benefits from the craft and talent of a cast that includes Annette Bening, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
"As shaky and unfocused as [it] often seems, it manages to reach its destination with confidence. In the end, Larson sticks the landing, albeit with something more muted than absolute triumph (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
"It's not only heroes who can have superpowers, movies can have them too, and you can add 'Captain Marvel' to the small list of those that do."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"Brie Larson has all the right stuff, but she can't save this generic Avengers prequel from being among the most disappointing Marvel movies."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Lowry
"[It] ultimately feels more obligatory than inspired, a movie that basically gets the job done and little more (...) Having raised the bar on expectations, Marvel is, in this case, victimized a bit by its own success."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Meg Downey
"[It] manages to take the best ideas of early MCU origin stories like 'Iron Man' and use them to form something that feels both familiar and fresh (...) Brie Larson's stellar performance gives Carol Danvers a vibrant, joyful life."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Christy Lemire
"It’s fine and often quite funny (...) 'Captain Marvel' mostly takes place in the mid-1990s, and feels like it was made then, too, in terms of its technical prowess and emotional depth. This is not a compliment (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
"It succeeds in the same way that 'Thor' succeeded in that it has the right actor in the right role, but the surrounding film is burdened with poor visual and narrative choices"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"It's the more grounded earthbound stuff that works best (...) Carol is the straight-up female powerhouse the universe has been missing (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Mendelson
"[It] would be a game-changing comic book superhero movie had it come out in 1995 (...) Captain Marvel [the character] is super, but 'Captain Marvel' [the film] is merely so-so."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
April Wolfe
The Wrap
"The film may not always own up to its own political implications, but the girl-power and 90s retro aspects are fun, even when overplayed"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
"The all-too-familiar MCU background palette contributes to the impression of anonymity (...) It’s everything you might expect a sci-fi superhero movie to be, if you hadn’t seen one in a long time."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
"The movie’s treatment of its source material is clever (...) [It] is 'Not Bad' (...) [And] 'Not Bad' is better than where we’re coming from."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
"Good thing it's still March. 'Captain Marvel' would have made a weak start to the summer blockbuster season."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"An aimless superhero slog (...) The character, even when kicking ass, is a total bore (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 4)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
"[It] marinates in '90s nostalgia but doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance (...) In-jokes about the Avengers aren’t firepower enough (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"After the zeitgeist-channelling 'Black Panther' and the cliffhanger shocks of 'Infinity War', it might be disappointing to learn that 'Captain Marvel' is merely robust, diverting superhero entertainment. But they can’t all be marvels."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"An engaging and sometimes engagingly odd superhero action movie (...) Larson has the natural body language of a superhero: that mixture of innocence and insouciance (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"Brie Larson's trail-blazing superhero makes the world a bigger, better place (...) What Carol lacks in gutsy set-pieces (...) she makes up for in surprising emotional depth (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
CanadaCanada F
Molly Freeman
Screen Rant
"A must-see for superhero fans (...) The movie isn't perfect and it falls into many of the same trappings as other MCU films, but it's a strong installment and a good effort to innovate the origin story archetype (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)""  POS
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