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April 18 2012

(SPOILER) The Avengers reviews start rolling in. Southwest Riverside News rated the film 5 out of 5 stars and states "I can't think of any flaws in this movie." Big Shiny Robot's review is pretty spoilerish but states that "The movie not only sets the bar for summer superhero movies, it may have knocked it so out of the park that it may be a mark that everyone else is constantly chasing" and rated the movie 7 out of 4 stars. And finally a lucky Australian fan on says that "Embedded in these unlikely relationships is Joss Whedon's signature humour. Yes it's a bit of a cliché', but the film is surprisingly funny" and rates the movie 5/5.

I believe Empire is going to have a review up on friday.

7 out of 4 stars!

I won't read the reviews till after I've seen the movie. That strategy (and avoiding over analyzing the trailer) worked for me going into CITW unspoiled.

All those stars, though, makes me want May 4 to get here fast.
Here is my Spoiler-Free review: And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s Mightiest Fans got up bright and early to stand outside AMC 25 on the street of 42nd for 3 hours to watch a 2 & 1/2 hour film. On that day we witnessed an epic and brilliant film called…THE AVENGERS. (more)

[ edited by nakedandarticulate on 2012-04-19 05:26 ]
Spoiler free reviews? I guess that means that Rex Reed won't be reviewing it then.
Are middle-aged women fanboys?


No lines for me. Getting my tickets in advance for a matinee show. While others are at work/school, I'll be an unemployed slacker seeing my last movie before my pennies run out.


[ edited by Nebula1400 on 2012-04-19 05:01 ]
7 out of 4? That's like, the randomest rating I've ever heard of, but very exciting. I hadn't realized Cabin and the Avengers were so close, this is like overload... Which is clearly a good thing.
The Daily Telegraph review is identical to the Australian review from posted here earlier (and both have the same byline), I guess Mr. Leigh Paatsch sold the story to multiple sources.

I have just bought tickets to see it next Wednesday - I had no idea until today it was airing in Australia sooner than in the US. I am glad we have a public holiday!

For those who are jealous, remember that we don't get Cabin until July 12th!!! Trying to remain spoiler free for that long - eeek!
Wow these are amazing. I CANNOT wait for this movie!!!

I love seeing how excited people are for Joss movies!
Avengers Jossemble!! Time to be mighty!
"I guess Mr. Leigh Paatsch sold the story to multiple sources."

Actually I believe aggregates content from all the News Ltd. newspapers. All part of the Murdoch empire.
I removed the DT review seeing as it's already here but a very nice roundup, thank you.
While I'm sure the movie will be great, none of these reviews are really from reputable critics. Looking forward to the Empire review.
I skipped over the spoilers to the end of BSR's review. Six stars are for the main characters, and then one more for Joss. "This movie is two 3 and 1/2 movies put together– THAT’S how good it is." (I suspect a slight bit of hyperbole.)
I heard Dr. Evil gave it one million stars.
(laughing at Sunfire's number)
Sunfire: Okay then... One... Hundred... BILLION stars!
I heard Dr. Evil gave it one million stars.

But out of how many? If it's out of 5, that's amazing, if it's out of 100 trillion, it's decidedly less impressive.
Exactly. More stars! If the vacuum of space is still between them, it is an insufficient number!

To be honest I don't find the star or letter grades in reviews very useful but I realize some people do. So when a review implies a movie is so amazing that it's beyond the arbitrary scale, I can't help go to the moonbase place.

I agree that the reviews of more mainstream movie critics will be more telling.
Empire review is up: "A joyous blend of heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm grip on what makes the individual heroes tick."


And as a fan, I knew that Joss was going to pull it off, but I'm starting to believe that he's hit a homerun.
It's at 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Mind you, only seven reviews so far...
Squishy beat me to the Rotten Tomatoes news, but this is my favorite review excerpt on RT so far: "An action spectacular with a witty script to match its big visuals, The Avengers takes the superhero movie to unprecedented heights and establishes Joss Whedon as a blockbuster filmmaker to cherish."

JOSS WHEDON: BLOCKBUSTER FILMMAKER. Sounds pretty awesome. I don't know if Joss has business cards, but if he does, Blockbuster Filmmaker should be listed as his title on them.
Variety and THR:

Good lord, if studio heads see a movie that gets both critical acclaim and gigantic box office numbers... Joss is going to be a busy man for the next few years.
I liked this from an RT user review: "The crowd was cheering, clapping, and laughing our collective asses off."

Can we have a sweepstake on how much money this film is going to rake in? I mean, it's the best reviewed not-quite-summer blockbuster in what seems like years (I can't remember the last big action spectacular blockbuster that will take in this much money that's also this well reviewed.)
Non-spoiler fantabulousness:

But from a logistical point of view alone, Whedon imposes a grip on the material that feels like that of a benevolent general, marshaling myriad technical resources (including an excellent use of 3D) while, even more impressively, juggling eight major characters, giving them all cool and important things to do.
Never, though, does the film stall to dwell on individual characters just to give them screen time; the heroes are almost always doing something that relates to the challenge at hand.

- The Hollywood Reporter


Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon's buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order, boasting a tonal assurance and rich reserves of humor that offset the potentially lumbering and unavoidably formulaic aspects of this 143-minute team-origin story.

Expensive and expansive though it may be, however, the film is no bloated behemoth. As written and directed by the ever genre-savvy Whedon, it's a clean-burning, six-cylinder entertainment that exudes discipline in every particular, from the script's balance of sincerity and self-effacing humor to the well-integrated visual effects to the keen sense of proportion that governs the ensemble. Whenever the possibility of boredom or excess rears its head, Whedon finds an elegant solution.



Congratulations, Joss!

ETF: spelling of made up word

[ edited by BreathesStory on 2012-04-20 14:04 ]

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