X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

Prequel to the X-Men trilogy (2000-2006), set in the 1960s amid Cold War paranoia, following the origins of the Marvel mutant mythology. Directed by Kick-Ass' Matthew Vaughn.

Best buds Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Inglourious Basterd's Michael Fassbender) discover their mutant powers for the first time. Taking the names Professor X and Magneto respectively, the pair team up with other mutants (some familiar, some new) to battle against the world's greatest threat. In the process, an irreparable rift between the friends opens, which begins the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

2011Rating: M, Contains violence and offensive language.132 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

After undergoing some unfortunate mutations in recent years, a beleaguered Marvel movie property gets the smart, stylish prequel it deserves in X-Men: First Class.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

There are some truly impressive things within this latest mutant outing.

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A classy addition to the X-series that expertly establishes a hoard of characters, navigates a Cold War plot and squeezes a tear for a friendship failed. Dream-team casting and quality FX make this the summer blockbuster to beat.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Any film that co-opts the Nazi purges, the Cuban missile crisis and the civil rights movement better have the smarts to do so intelligently.

5.0
0

A rushed and dubious ending scene on a beach aside (I almost thought Prof X and Magneto might kiss) this is a superb return to form for "X Men," following the disappointing "Wolverine." Matthew Vaughn brings his "Kick-Ass" credentials to the fore and directs a fittingly James Bondian movie that is a delight for X-MEN fans and...

4.0
0

This is the best of the X Men movie series... It's too bad the other movies before this one were shown they would have been much better done now. Bring on Apocalypse

4.0
0

A lot of comic films lack in characterisation which leads to no audience attachment to characters we are supposed to care about, and therefore a lackluster film. First class not only makes you feel for the characters, but adds some great action to the mix aswell.

4.0
0

Same old same old super human crab, repeating the old stunts offering less quality. Your better of to see the firestone at home.

1.0
0

I love movies that explain what you want to know about other stuff. Somethings dont add up with the other movies but i guess they are gonna reboot everything. Love the cameo roles by hugh jackmen and Rebecca Romijn. It was lil cheesey in bits, but doesnt ruin the movie experiance

4.0
0

My review may be a bit biased as a result of me experiencing gold lounge for the first time! But loved it and felt it was one of the BEST out the lot. Enough plot and special effects without the script becoming ghastly confusing. It tied up questions posed by previous movies and really set the scene on why Professor X had always been nice to his enemies! I...

4.0
0

I am a comic book fan. In many ways this would already make my review bias but due to being so disillusioned by how the X-Men franchise has been handled, I went into this film somewhat discouraged. So was I glad to walk out of this film filled with renewed hope for the continuing saga of mutantkind. Set in a time before the previous films so that we, the...

4.0
0

Well made & well put together with the cast of actors in this movie. Better than some of there recent film, hope they carrie on.

4.0
0

Definitely the best X-Men movie so far but still not perfect

3.0
0

Just. So. Good. I haven't walked out of the cinema that satisfied in sooooo long. What really made this movie soar was the fantastic actors that were recruited, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon were totally amazing in their roles and there were really strong supporting characters. If you're thinking of passing up going to see this movie...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

After undergoing some unfortunate mutations in recent years, a beleaguered Marvel movie property gets the smart, stylish prequel it deserves in X-Men: First Class.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

There are some truly impressive things within this latest mutant outing.

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A classy addition to the X-series that expertly establishes a hoard of characters, navigates a Cold War plot and squeezes a tear for a friendship failed. Dream-team casting and quality FX make this the summer blockbuster to beat.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Any film that co-opts the Nazi purges, the Cuban missile crisis and the civil rights movement better have the smarts to do so intelligently.

5.0
0

A rushed and dubious ending scene on a beach aside (I almost thought Prof X and Magneto might kiss) this is a superb return to form for "X Men," following the disappointing "Wolverine." Matthew Vaughn brings his "Kick-Ass" credentials to the fore and directs a fittingly James Bondian movie that is a delight for X-MEN fans and...

4.0
0

This is the best of the X Men movie series... It's too bad the other movies before this one were shown they would have been much better done now. Bring on Apocalypse

4.0
0

A lot of comic films lack in characterisation which leads to no audience attachment to characters we are supposed to care about, and therefore a lackluster film. First class not only makes you feel for the characters, but adds some great action to the mix aswell.

4.0
0

Same old same old super human crab, repeating the old stunts offering less quality. Your better of to see the firestone at home.

1.0
0

I love movies that explain what you want to know about other stuff. Somethings dont add up with the other movies but i guess they are gonna reboot everything. Love the cameo roles by hugh jackmen and Rebecca Romijn. It was lil cheesey in bits, but doesnt ruin the movie experiance

4.0
0

My review may be a bit biased as a result of me experiencing gold lounge for the first time! But loved it and felt it was one of the BEST out the lot. Enough plot and special effects without the script becoming ghastly confusing. It tied up questions posed by previous movies and really set the scene on why Professor X had always been nice to his enemies!...

4.0
0

I am a comic book fan. In many ways this would already make my review bias but due to being so disillusioned by how the X-Men franchise has been handled, I went into this film somewhat discouraged. So was I glad to walk out of this film filled with renewed hope for the continuing saga of mutantkind. Set in a time before the previous films so that we,...

4.0
0

Well made & well put together with the cast of actors in this movie. Better than some of there recent film, hope they carrie on.

4.0
0

Definitely the best X-Men movie so far but still not perfect

3.0
0

Just. So. Good. I haven't walked out of the cinema that satisfied in sooooo long. What really made this movie soar was the fantastic actors that were recruited, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Kevin Bacon were totally amazing in their roles and there were really strong supporting characters. If you're thinking of passing up going to see this movie...

5.0
0