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MOVIE REVIEWS: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for superhero movies simply don’t get any better than those for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye,” is the way Peter Howell describes it in the Toronto Star. Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post calls it “superbly made and well-acted.” Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News pronounces it “a great international thriller.” And Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal writes: “Awesome doesn’t overstate the case for some of the action sequences.” To be sure, some of the positive reviews appear grudgingly so. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times applauds many of the opening scenes that emphasize the character’s humanity. “He runs like the wind, but he also makes you laugh. This emphasis on the human also spills over into some exciting, smartly staged and shot action sequences.” However, she remarks, “It’s fun until it goes kablooey” and begins “blowing everything up.” Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune comments that the movie “is a better-than-average Marvel superhero bash, intriguingly plotted and pretty clever in its speculations about 21st-century life” for the title character. However, he adds, “I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed Captain America 2 as much as I did Captain America the first.” Rafer Guzmán in Newsday agrees writing that the first movie “was a work of art” while the second “is serviceable entertainment.” And Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times concludes, “Captain America is everything a big budget superhero film should be — except inspired.” And then there’s this seesaw of a review by Lou Lumenick in the New York Post: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier may be deeply mediocre and ultra-predictable — but before you Marvel fans race to your keyboards to protest, let me start with some things I liked. There’s a highly entertaining performance by a cast-against-type Robert Redford at its center, and it gets some points by trying to spice up the oh-so-familiar Marvel formula with more hand-to-hand combat in between all the computer-generated battles.”