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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
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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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  1. Negative: 12 out of 290
  1. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    Before I get on with the review I have to mention that MCU is an abbreviation of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the universe where all theBefore I get on with the review I have to mention that MCU is an abbreviation of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the universe where all the Marvel-studios movies take place. Are we on the same page? Yes? Good, let’s start the reviewing!

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the latest installment in the MCU and it is technically a sequel to both “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers” and it follows Captain America (Chris Evans) who now works for S.H.I.E.L.D in modern time. When he discovers a conspiracy in the organisation his loyalties are trusted and old friends turns enemies. In his doubts he also encounters a new foe called the Winter Soldier (I will not say who plays him since that may spoil something for you) and secrets from the past and the present are revealed…

    The cast in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is star studded and fantastic! Chris Evans is reprising his role as Cap and he has really grown into the part. Scarlett Johanson, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders are also back in their roles from previous MCU-movies and they are better than ever! Newcomers to the MCU includes Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford(!). All the actors are fantastic in their roles. The chemistry between, well, everyone is great. Evans and Johansson share intriguing scenes where their characters morals clash. Anthony Mackie’s character is the comic relief but his acting makes the character more than that. It is great to see Samuel L. Jackson’s, Nick Fury get some real action in this film and Robert Redford is very fun to watch.

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”‘s strongest suit is probably the script, which is weird to say since this is a comic-book movie and this particular genre is not known for strong writing. Every single character is written perfectly with new characters getting enough development and already established ones are explored further. Captain America as a person was not very interesting in the previous two movies he appeared. He is however a very well written (and acted) character in this movie. One thing that was done brilliantly in the script was that the story isn’t just a “fish out of water” arc. Cap does react to his new surroundings in a very fun and cool way but the emphasis is on the S.H.I.E.L.D-and-everyone-who-works-there and Captain America relationships. The Winter Soldier is a perfect character with much depth and, well, he’s a major bad-ass! Not only the characters are written well but the plot is also great. It has, much like the characters, a lot of depth and twists and turns. It plays out very much like a political thriller in present day with the classic, but oh so fitting, “don’t trust anyone” theme.

    The action in “Captain America. The Winter Soldier” is nothing short of amazing! I was literally chewing down my nails, panting and I if I wasn’t so tense I would’ve jumped out of my seat because of all the suspense. The movie was rather violent for being a Marvel-studios production and I appreciated that. It gave the movie a sense of realism and it was intense to the limit. When Cap is being punched around you really feel his pain. There are so many great action pieces and scenes with spectacular fight-choreography and jaw-dropping, in lack of a better word, action!

    Directors of the movie are Anthony and Joe Russo from “Community” fame. One would not think that a director-duo mostly known for comedy would be suited for a 170 million dollar blockbuster. One would however be wrong! The Russo’s are handling the directing brilliantly. The comedy is definitely not out of hand. As of matter of fact, nothing is out of hand. Everything is balanced well, the tone is perfect for the kind of story that is being told and all the action is shot amazingly! Kudos!

    This film is packed with action, has stellar performances a thick plot and solid directing. Giving great nods to comic-book fans and movie fans alike “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” isn’t only a fantastic comic-book movie, it is a fantastic movie in general! Cap is back and he is cooler than ever!
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  2. Apr 29, 2015
    10
    Wow. Just wow. This movie is great. It has a different kind of tone that hasn't been used before in previous Marvel movies and it upped theWow. Just wow. This movie is great. It has a different kind of tone that hasn't been used before in previous Marvel movies and it upped the stakes and took huge risks. The action was intense. This isn't your average superhero movie. It shows that not all superhero movies have to be, "There is a villain now take him out." This movie is definitely one of the best in the MCU. 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. Apr 6, 2014
    8
    It is a funny action film, that does what is supposed to do, entertain. It's mock spy films, but it worked for me. Much better than the boringIt is a funny action film, that does what is supposed to do, entertain. It's mock spy films, but it worked for me. Much better than the boring first part of captain America during the WW2 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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