Metascore
64

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
    90
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 273 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  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 »