Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    The best kind of summer blockbuster -- the kind that makes you immediately crave a sequel.
  2. 90
    The film's strength and its entertainment lie in John Myhre's production design, its generally appealing cast...and, perhaps most importantly, a canny degree of self-parody.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    For diehard fans, X-Men is full of in jokes and sly references -- For everybody else, there's the thrill of the unknown.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy -- easily the summer's best "blockbuster."
  5. Balances brains, brawn and heart in ideal proportions. The actors - some first-rate, all enjoyable - never get overshadowed by the special effects, which dazzle us without gory excess.
  6. 85
    One of this year's most dazzling entertainments, not to mention one of the best comic-book movies ever made.
  7. Singer deftly crafts a sleek, unusually tight film that balances comic-book adventure, pulp opera and the fear of being different.
  8. 80
    A distinctively absorbing entertainment, offering just enough popcorn thrills for mass audiences and just enough chewiness for hardcore sci-fi fans.
  9. 80
    When it comes to stoopid fun, X-Men could be the summer movie to beat.
  10. While X-Men doesn't take your breath away wire-to-wire the way "The Matrix" did, it's an accomplished piece of work with considerable pulp watchability to it.
  11. 80
    Exciting mainly because anything can happen and does, the movie drags a bit as it approaches a climax set atop the Statue of Liberty.
  12. 75
    The most enjoyable piece of pop fantasy of the summer; sleek, elegant, exciting and wildly, outrageously imaginative.
  13. A solid action story with inventive battles (one on the Statue of Liberty) and satisfyingly gooey special effects.
  14. Spectacular special effects and sets.
  15. Doesn't match up against the new millennium martial artistry of "The Matrix," nor do the special effects - but he knows how to establish characters and relationships.
  16. This feast of fantasy is worth it.
  17. 75
    X-Men flies to the rescue with superheroes who have real substance.
  18. 75
    Loaded with fine performances, traffics in audacious images and generally comports itself with a great deal more grace and gravitas than most movies with roots in fantastic themes.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Nearly the perfect balance between straight-faced pulp action and amused wonder at the outlandish world of comic books.
  20. 67
    The film's greatest strength lies in its ability to view itself as a modern moral fable of sorts.
  21. 63
    I started out liking this movie, while waiting for something really interesting to happen. When nothing did, I still didn't dislike it; I assume the X-Men will further develop their personalities if there is a sequel.
  22. A mixed bag with the promise of a better sequel.
  23. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Recedes to a string of mere action exploits. These are proficiently executed but, for all their visual authority, not much more than routine.
  24. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    Stylish, exciting and an occasionally poignant sci-fi adventure spectacle.
  25. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
  26. The mood is awfully dark for an escapist fantasy, though, and the high-tech mayhem gets repetitious.
  27. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    Missing are well-choreographed action scenes, likable characters and involving plot twists.
  28. When the film version isn't assaulting you with gizmos, it's an awkward, depersonalized piece of hackwork.
  29. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    A very odd cinematic creature.
  30. 50
    Clumsy when it should be light on its feet, the movie takes itself even more seriously than the comic book and its fans do, which is a superheroic achievement.
  31. Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
  32. An ambitious, frustrating drag.
  33. Isn't juvenile, it isn't even infantile. It's prenatal!
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 249 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 3 out of 55
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    The movie pertains flawed graphics and hurriedly finished character development. However, "X Men" is nevertheless one of the grand comic-based movies of the proud Marvel Studios. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 29, 2005
    The Spiderman films are the modern crown jewels of the Marvel films, but this X-men stuff, it's not bad. Deals a lot with prejudice and minorities, and issues of such (starts off in WW2, for heaven's sake). THe action's decent, but I yearned for Yuen Mo Ping's choreography (The Matrix, Crouching tiger hidden dragon). Not bad at all. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    An interesting and well made comic book movie, with intelligent social commentary and decent action, but ultimately one that doesn't lead anywhere, and ends up feeling like it exists just to build to something we don't get to see (the sequel). Full Review »