'Captain America: The First Avenger' reviews: Critics are split on latest superhero film

captain-america-the-first-avenger.jpg "Captain America: The First Avenger," the latest in the Avenger series of films, hits theaters Friday, July 22. It stars Chris Evans as the title character, supported by Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Tommy Lee Jones.

So far, the critics are split.

Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe writes, "Tommy Lee Jones isn't distraction enough from the reality that we've been sold a $140 million trailer for a different movie. The egg's a little rotten."

Variety's Peter DeBruge sums up his feelings with a succinct, "Red, white and bland."

Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter says, "In terms of even recent films, Captain America lacks the deft touch, appealing character interaction and sophisticated storytelling skills of Marvel Comics' 'X-Men: First Class.'"

And perhaps the most scathing review was from the Village Voice's Karina Longworth, who writes, "[A] hokey, hacky, two-hour-plus exercise in franchise transition/price gouging, complete with utterly unnecessary post-converted 3-D."

But other critics found the movie to be good, for what it is.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says, "Of course it's loaded with CGI. It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film."

Christy Lemire of the Associated Press writes, "You are not in for a giddy, winking, high-flying summer fling. And that's OK -- there's something appealing about such an old-fashioned approach."

And the Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore actually makes us want to see it with his review. "Johnston has delivered a light, clever and deftly balanced adventure picture with real lump in the throat nostalgia, with Nazis -- who make the best villains, and with loving references to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark."

What do you think, movie-goers? Will you be flying high with "Captain America" this weekend?


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