Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

Action-adventure adaptation of the Marvel comic series, set in 1942, directed by Joe Johnson (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman).

After being deemed unfit for military service in WWII, a scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans from Fantastic Four) volunteers for a top secret science project that turns him into Captain America, a super-soldier dedicated to defending justice and democracy against the Nazis.

The Captain's strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and healing are at the highest limits of natural human potential. The WWII confrontations lead to the ultimate foe in Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix), Hitler's treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract.

2011Rating: M, contains violence124 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

As Marvel heroes go, Captain America must be the most vanilla of the lot.

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Total Film

Total Film

The final piece of the Avengers jigsaw falls efficiently into place: decent acting, decent action, a few too many “we’re all heroes inside” platitudes. But it’s no star-spangled sick-maker, either.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Has a winningly pulpy, jaunty, earnest spirit.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It goes without saying it's preposterous. But it has the texture and takes the care to be a full-blown film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Mission accomplished, fairly enjoyably yes, but that's about it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Sticking to its simplistic, patriotic origins, where a muscular red, white and blue GI slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw is all that's required, Captain America trafficks in red-blooded heroes, dastardly villains, classy dames and war-weary military officers.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Charming, handsome and full of pep – all 70 year-old Cap lacks is a knockout blow. Still, Johnston should be saluted for old-fashioned heart in a cynical age, while Marvel should be confined to barracks for cynical marketing.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

If you like your comicbook action pulpy and sweetly old-fashioned (our hero has never been kissed so don't expect much raunch) this may keep you entertained until the next superhero flick rolls along. Which should be any second now.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For the most part, it manages to balance laughs, genuinely rousing moments, and a fully packed agenda into something fleet enough to keep running under the weight of its rich ambitions.

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