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  • Summary: After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, lives quietly in Washington, D.C. trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put theAfter the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, lives quietly in Washington, D.C. trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    91
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a tremendous piece of pop entertainment, smart and engaging and featuring a home run movie star lead performance by Chris Evans.
  2. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Apr 3, 2014
    83
    This sequel is, by design, entirely absorbing and satisfying without being one whit memorable.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    Steve and the movie still fly high through plot twists and cool stunts.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    The movie does its duty. It's a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    It needs to seem cool enough that we want to watch it despite its obvious silliness, and viewed through that prism of canny analysis, the craftsmanship of “Winter Soldier” is first rate.
  6. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Mar 20, 2014
    67
    The Winter Soldier is probably in the upper tier of Marvel pictures in terms of quality, but ultimately proves too muddled and frantic to match the heights of "The Avengers."
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Apr 2, 2014
    38
    Despite one or two moments of Venture Brothers-worthy fancy, the film is as by-the-numbers as any this series has ever offered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 282
  1. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Best Single-Hero Marvel movie ever. I was pleasantly surprised when HYDRA got into it, and the fact that it was like a political thriller was awesome. I don't think it's as good as The Avengers, but, seriously, what can beat that? This movie also had terrific action, and most of it was real and not CGI which I really liked considering that literally every other superhero uses CGI eccentrically. This movie was a fun thrilling time that every comic book fan should check out. Expand
  2. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    This movie was flawless! The characters were great,the story is okay,the action was the best! The Winter Soldier is a great movie and youThis movie was flawless! The characters were great,the story is okay,the action was the best! The Winter Soldier is a great movie and you should see it soon. I saw it in the theaters but it was a looooong time since I watched it. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Very good movie, best I've seen in a while. Comparable to Avengers really. Acting and Writing were both awesome. Could potentially be theVery good movie, best I've seen in a while. Comparable to Avengers really. Acting and Writing were both awesome. Could potentially be the movie of the year. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2014
    9
    While the Winter Soldier might not be used enough to justify him being in the title, Captain America: The Winter Soldier compensates withWhile the Winter Soldier might not be used enough to justify him being in the title, Captain America: The Winter Soldier compensates with enough thrilling action sequences, witty dialogue and strong political aspects to create Marvel-lous entertainment of the highest order. Expand
  5. Dec 26, 2014
    8
    This is an exceptionally well crafted superhero movie. The plot is involving, the characters are well written, and the action is shockinglyThis is an exceptionally well crafted superhero movie. The plot is involving, the characters are well written, and the action is shockingly exciting. I'd say it's a substantial improvement over the solid, but uninspired, original. It gets off to a really good start with a secret mission to board a massive ship. I was surprised at how brutal the action was, but in a good way. Usually Marvel tries to sugar coat it a little too much. It's all very exciting and surprisingly well done, but I do have a few qualms. The action isn't nearly as grounded in reality as Nolan's Batman trilogy, and the plot doesn't delve quite as deeply into the dark side of humanity either. Also, towards the end, the action packed climax did begin to bore me a little bit. It was just a little too repetitive with the massive explosions and people falling. Overall however, the movie still emerges as one of the smartest, most viscerally thrilling, and engaging films of the genre, which when considering the endless supply of examples to chose from, is no small feat. Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2014
    8
    I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier more than the first film but only marginally. While I thought it had more action and "badassery"I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier more than the first film but only marginally. While I thought it had more action and "badassery" it felt like it was a bit void of the developmental elements that made the first film strong. I also thought there was a bit too much humor early on. The Falcon character is where the lack of development hurt the most as he felt forced on us. It felt like he existed only to make certain scenes and plot points possible. To me, that's lazy writing. Either develop him more and add a bit more time to the film or leave him out entirely and find different ways to make things happen. I also thought Scar Jo's character still lacked much development. She had more screen time than in any of the previous movies but I think her and Cobie Smulder's character, agent Hill, continue to be the most underutilized characters in the series. Nonetheless, the action and special effects were amazing and the acting was good enough. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2014
    0
    Well that was dull. Barby and Ken fight it out against equally two dimensional evil Ken dolls. This has been done a thousand times at thisWell that was dull. Barby and Ken fight it out against equally two dimensional evil Ken dolls. This has been done a thousand times at this point only a lot better, I should have watched raiders of the lost ark. Do yourself a favor and learn from my error and why does everyone have so much makeup on, how white does the captain have to be. There is also a not so subtle militaristic theme running though out. Get all the kids brain washed early that killing really isn't all that bad. Hollywood is really left wing. I did not enjoy this film. Expand

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