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.
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 »