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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. Expand
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 284
  1. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    Amazing movie, a very interesting way to connect all the Marvel franchises together. Amazing visual effects and special effects and greatAmazing movie, a very interesting way to connect all the Marvel franchises together. Amazing visual effects and special effects and great storyline too! The connection can be seen clearly as in all the other movies. If you are planning to watch other upcoming Marvel franchises, I recommend you to see this one because it has a huge impact on the story of S.H.I.E.L.D. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2015
    10
    The movie is awesome! The directing is very well done...the plot very engaging. Additionally, the action is unparallelled and the fight scenesThe movie is awesome! The directing is very well done...the plot very engaging. Additionally, the action is unparallelled and the fight scenes optimally choreographed.
    Not to forget, a lot of treats for the Easter egg hunters! as well as great plot twists!
    The lead actors were amazing and they all offered their part to the role!
    You don`t really need any information from previous movies since the most of it is in the movie...
    Absolutely a must see if you are into the Marvel-Verse.
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  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 22, 2014
    9
    Cap 2 has been the best Phase 2 movie to date. It will have lasting effects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has had a HUGE impact ofCap 2 has been the best Phase 2 movie to date. It will have lasting effects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has had a HUGE impact of Agents of Shield. It was a blast from start to finish. 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 4, 2014
    8
    The primary arc of the movie is very well done. It manages to keep enough hidden to be suspenseful while also not feeling like totally randomThe primary arc of the movie is very well done. It manages to keep enough hidden to be suspenseful while also not feeling like totally random events are just happening for no reason. The ending sequence is a great way to spend a lot of money on special effects, but plot-wise it doesn't make much sense.

    Ironman only has the one primary character, and Avengers has a few too many, but Cap2 seems to land in the sweet spot with two main characters and a third that joins midway in.
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  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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