The First Reviews of X-Men Apocalypse Are In, and They're 'Meh'

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This weekend, 20th Century Fox held the first screenings of Bryan Singer’s X-Men Apocalypse and now the reviews are in. Some people love Singer’s epic vision, but most found it to be long, bloated, and disappointing. We’ve got examples of them all.

First, quotes from some full reviews:

“If you’ve seen one cinematic apocalypse, you’ve seen them all. At least that’s the feeling conjured by “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the latest entry in one of the more reliable comic-book franchises around, this time disappointingly succumbing to an exhausting case of been-there-done-that-itis.” - Variety

“Narratively jumbled and jammed with so many characters that you give up keeping them all straight while simultaneously lamenting not seeing more of those you might actually want around, Bryan Singer’s fourth entry in the enormously profitable series he inaugurated 16 years ago undeniably builds to a cataclysmic dramatic reckoning. But mostly it just feels like a bloated, if ambitious attempt to shuffle as many mutants and specially gifted characters as possible into a story of a resurrected god ready to take over the world.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“With “X-Men: Apocalypse,” however, Singer seems to have acquired a new mutant power of his own: Monotony. Whether it’s the lack of an interesting villain, or the fact that the series’ time-travel element is forcing these mutants to meet each other (and the audience) all over again for the first time, this latest entry marks a shocking letdown from Singer’s earlier contributions; what once soared now slogs.” - The Wrap

““Apocalypse,” for all its faults, has the audacity to make the MCU look small, and the conviction to make the DCU — if there even is such a thing — look foolish for confusing self-seriousness with gravity. If only these characters were allowed to be as complex as the ideas they fight for, “Apocalypse” could have represented a new beginning for superhero cinema.” - Indiewire

““X-Men: Apocalypse” is a lifeless affair, squandering its star power, underselling its characters, and muddying its action in grays and cutaways.” - Comic Book Resources

“For the second straight movie, the best setpiece belongs to Peters’ Quicksilver, who steals the show with an exciting and funny showcase for his powers. If we’re being totally honest, though, it’s not all that different than his showcase scene in the last movie.” - Screencrush

“At times, it feels like Singer is trying to fit as much as humanly possible into this movie, just in case it’s his last. By the time it gets to the climactic showdown against Apocalypse, it’s obvious what an unstoppable force he is, and everything leading up to that point does pay off.” - Daily News

“53 years of X-Men comic stories and an almost unlimited budget, and this is the best they could come up with?” - Film School Rejects

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And now some tweets:

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Seems like the consensus is... you’ll have to decide for yourself. The film opens May 27.

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Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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DISCUSSION

Is it too soon to say “I told you so?” Probably, since the movie isn’t out yet, but still, it wouldn’t be surprising if these reviews were accurate.

The X-Men series has never done the big, apocalyptic (no pun intended) villain story well. Not ever. The best X-Men movies have always been character-driven, not villain-driven.

The X-Men’s best villain/worst enemy isn’t Magneto or Apocalypse, but a human society that’s afraid of them. Their appeal lies in the fact that mutants are the outnumbered underdogs. When you make mutants fight each other like in X1, X3, and now Apocalypse, you remove a great deal of tension, because it justifies human society’s fears about mutants.