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  • Summary: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As theWhen Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. [Marvel Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 28, 2015
    88
    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Apr 21, 2015
    80
    The new movie is a sleeker, faster, funnier piece of work — the sort of sequel (like “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Superman II” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” before it) that shrugs off the self-seriousness of its predecessor and fully embraces its inner Saturday-morning serial.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Apr 30, 2015
    80
    Whedon’s handling of the personal material is what makes Age Of Ultron extraordinary. Remarkably for a film so overstuffed, no character gets neglected.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 29, 2015
    67
    There’s so much ground to cover here—so many introductions to make, so much story to churn through, so many gargantuan set pieces to mount—that the movie never really finds room to breathe.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 29, 2015
    63
    Ultron’s goals never make much sense beyond the basic kill-the-Avengers-and-destroy-the-Earth checklist, nor does he develop as a character over the long haul. He’s just a static baddie, fun to look at and handy with a quip but ultimately as dull as unpolished chrome.
  6. 60
    Though a mess by all conventional narrative standards, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a fascinating case study in the rules of “universe” storytelling. Chief among them is that a film may not be self-contained — it must constantly allude to worlds outside its own. Marvel fans want extra characters, extra subplots, in-jokes that pander to their supposed breadth of knowledge. They don’t want closure.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 29, 2015
    25
    Supercharged and lifeless, frenetic and stone-cold dead, a barrage of action scenes that look fake, yet make you wonder if fake is the new real.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 219
  1. May 1, 2015
    10
    I watched the midnight screening of this movie, which began around 11:00 p.m.. I was exhausted because the film is long, which is practicallyI watched the midnight screening of this movie, which began around 11:00 p.m.. I was exhausted because the film is long, which is practically its greatest downside when you are in a packed theater with a horrible seat. The experience was great, however. I went with 6 friends, and when I arrive to the theater, I received a poster that I will hang on my wall.

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron is bigger, better, and boulder than the first film. Sure it repeat a lot of same formulas of the first film, but to different effects on a very different narrative. In the first Avengers movie we had the Thor vs. Hulk fight sequence. In this movie we were given the Ironman vs. Hulk. There are complains about its repetition but frankly speaking, who doesn't like the vs sequences. As geek, nerd, fanatics we love the cartoon episodes and comic books that pit characters against each other. We know their gods, and just because they're good guys it doesn't mean the writers shouldn't cater to our interest and see them clash. Reviews who complain about the writers of Age of Ultron following the same formula clearly aren't fans of the Marvel universe.

    The movies pacing was solid. I personally had a difficulty following the first hour of the first avengers movies. I felt the first hour was sloppy because they jumped too much between too many characters and too many universes trying to push a union and conflict. In other words, the editing was sloppy until the end when I was simply wowed by the big explosions.

    The Age of Ultron, however, is better. It doesn't struggle with introducing too many universes, too many character for the first time, and so we get a better film over all - with a better first hour as well.

    I did not mind the concept of beauty tames the beast in the film. Black Widow is stunning (beautiful) and the Hulk is, well, the hulk. They may not have the best onscreen chemistry together, and yes it came out of nowhere, but attractions and romance, in truth, can be spontaneous.

    Ultron is a bad-ass villain in the film. I loved his wit, and I was rooting for him. The true disappointment in the film was the Vision. He was forged with the strongest steel in the world, carries an infinity stone, and his best power is his cape-shape-ability. He was pathetic. Looked cool, however.

    Sure the movie is not consistent with the Marvel universe. To get Ultron for this movie, changes had to be made somewhere. Marvel studio didn't want to wait to follow the natural story arc to reveal Ultron as a villain, so they had Stark create Ultron in an attempt to save the world from future threats. Ultron then goes on quest to form the perfect body, which the avengers end up stealing and animating - ultimately becoming the Vision. However, Tony Stark's bouncer is on par with the rest of the heroes, so he more of gimmick than a story changing character.

    A major part of the story revolves around Hawkeye and Black Widow. People complain about this, but I think it was a change from the traditional formula were we follow the overpowered bad-asses of the film. Hawkeye is more vulnerable than Tony Stark, Captain America, or Hulk. Seeing him get wounded and almost killed actually helps you realize how power the other heroes really are. Like they say in the film, the Avengers are like gods.

    When you watch this film, don't focus on who creates Ultron and realize you were given a piece of candy. Enjoy It. The film looks good and the cast of actor are solid. Plus, I like the fact that Ultron is created from the mind that exists within the infinity stone (making him a bad-ass villain for the film), and the same infinity stone which the Vision carries on his forehead. I hate the fact that he had to die at the end. I was hoping a part of him survived.

    In truth I give this movie a 9/10, but I always score 1 point higher than I actually believe its worth to try an offset extreme scores which are at times, overly bias, intentional, of ignorance - once you've studied statistic you realize how useless these numbers can sometimes be, especially "averages scores".

    There is a heartfelt death in the film.
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  2. May 10, 2015
    10
    This movie is exhilarating and a revelation. It has great acting and amazing stunts. Fantastic special effects. I love spoilers. I love allThis movie is exhilarating and a revelation. It has great acting and amazing stunts. Fantastic special effects. I love spoilers. I love all the characters forever. I never stop loving stuff and marvel. Expand
  3. May 19, 2015
    9
    Once again we have a new Avengers movie and once again it's awesome!! :D
    And add some flicking guns on that SHIELD flying fortress. It's
    Once again we have a new Avengers movie and once again it's awesome!! :D
    And add some flicking guns on that SHIELD flying fortress. It's totally defenseless.
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  4. May 2, 2015
    8
    IMO I wasn't a big fan of the previous Avengers movie, but i can say i enjoyed this one. While it runs on the long side and has many times ofIMO I wasn't a big fan of the previous Avengers movie, but i can say i enjoyed this one. While it runs on the long side and has many times of just dragging, the banter is what saves this movie. watching these characters interact is some of the most fun i had with this movie. However, it would be nice if it stopped being so comical all the time. Expand
  5. May 13, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie was surprisingly long and involved, and did a good job of balancing an enormous cast of interesting characters, many of whom have their own elaborate back stories, as well as some new characters. The movie brings the Avengers together again, with all of their disagreements and disgruntlements with one another--their antagonism produces some solid running gags, such as teasing Captain America for his reaction to swearing. The premise of the movie is interesting, as they're now fighting a villain of Tony Stark's own creation, which tests the bonds between the Avengers. We also see (finally) a Scarlett Johansson romance developing, but with the Hulk, as we simultaneously find out that her friendship with Hawkeye is just that. Their just-friends status is confirmed by the discovery that Hawkeye has a comfortable nuclear family tucked away in a set of woods somewhere for their safety, which makes him a more complex character.

    The resolution of the film through the creation of yet another artificial intelligence from Tony Stark is neat, and manages to avoid feeling like a deus ex machina by all the work it takes to get everything worked out. The action scenes leading up to the climax were really well paced, as the action was punctuated by conversations between different characters, and it balanced all their different story lines as well. Another solid Marvel movie, that ends on a nice note of anticipation, already setting up for the next installment.
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  6. May 20, 2015
    6
    I went to the theater at 8.30 pm yesterday and it made me a little sleepy. I tried to make myself sober but I cannot recognize thoseI went to the theater at 8.30 pm yesterday and it made me a little sleepy. I tried to make myself sober but I cannot recognize those characters. Maybe it is because I didn't watch the first series of Avengers. If Bly-ray comes, i will certainly watch it again since so many people said it was fabulous. Expand
  7. May 16, 2015
    0
    Character development which is a standard for Joss Whedon is left to the first film, while we're left to accept Natasha & Bruce comingCharacter development which is a standard for Joss Whedon is left to the first film, while we're left to accept Natasha & Bruce coming together romantically. I had hoped this would be a twist where Black Widow is using Banner to control the Hulk which would have made more sense. Some of the building shots were weak miniatures. The CGI was overused to cover a lapse in storytelling. This is the worst story-telling Whedon has done & I remember Alien 4. Perhaps it'll be repaired in the DVD release? But I hated it. Expand

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