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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Netflix Rating: 4.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 92%
Critics' score: 92   Audience score: 96   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash. full review

Tom Charity,

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. full review

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

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. full review

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ... full review

Laremy Legel,

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. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Its primary purpose is not to explore or subvert the superhero movie, but to lay the groundwork for more of them. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

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. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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. full review

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. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

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. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Biff! Bam! Boring! full review

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

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. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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. full review

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
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