Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    60
    Stylish, exciting and an occasionally poignant sci-fi adventure spectacle.
  3. The mood is awfully dark for an escapist fantasy, though, and the high-tech mayhem gets repetitious.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    A very odd cinematic creature.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    50
    Missing are well-choreographed action scenes, likable characters and involving plot twists.
  6. 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.
  7. When the film version isn't assaulting you with gizmos, it's an awkward, depersonalized piece of hackwork.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 368 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    7
    The movie pertains flawed graphics and hurriedly finished character development. However, "X Men" is nevertheless one of the grand comic-basedThe 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. Aug 8, 2011
    9
    Like SPIDER-MAN and its very simply-named sequels, X-MEN has a lot of action that looks like it's straight out of a comic book that it isLike SPIDER-MAN and its very simply-named sequels, X-MEN has a lot of action that looks like it's straight out of a comic book that it is based on, something that in my opinion is concise and perfect for the viewer to see. Unlike SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2, and SPIDER-MAN 3, X-MEN is not your typical, cheesy "superhero" flick. If anything, it's much better. Besides the magnificent action, there is a well-explained, clear plot (obviously the inspiration for James Patterson's teen book saga MAXIMUM RIDE, if you are familiar with that); a few pinches of humor here and there (you'll have to watch it to get it); and much more. Full Review »
  3. Jun 22, 2011
    10
    This masterpiece is the movie that unleashed the superhero renaissance of the 2000s. As someone who enjoyed X-Men as a kid, I was superThis masterpiece is the movie that unleashed the superhero renaissance of the 2000s. As someone who enjoyed X-Men as a kid, I was super excited when I heard they were making a movie, and the movie was indeed worth it. Full Review »