The Avengers

An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America -- team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?
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Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.
Tom Charity,  full review
If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic  full review
A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...
Laremy Legel,  full review
Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
The film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
Its primary purpose is not to explore or subvert the superhero movie, but to lay the groundwork for more of them.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.
Whedon knows how to be self-aware without getting overly cute about it. He has fun highlighting each character's neurosis and knows which personalities clash to greatest effect.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News  full review
Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
Biff! Bam! Boring!
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  full review
Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
It's a first-class production all around, from the acting to the 3-D special effects to the touches of wit throughout. It delivers, in grand style, the thing we demand most from a comic-book movie: fun.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
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