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Friday, May 27, 2011

First 'X-Men' Reviews are First Class

There are two kinds of people: 1) People who check Rotten Tomatoes on the day they are going to see a movie, and 2) People who check Rotten Tomatoes about two and a half weeks in advance to see if any early reviews have come in for their genre-flick (“The first Thor review is up—it’s good”). Two weeks in and they’ll check it once in the morning and a second time towards the evening (“Six more Thor reviews. Holding steady at 97%”). One week prior to the movie’s release they are checking it intermittently (“Thor’s still looking good at 86%”), now checking it periodically like stock shares (“Still totally respectable at 83%”).

I’m in the second group. What can I say—when I want a movie to succeed, I really get behind it. That brings us the early reviews of X-Men: First Class. As of today, the film is garnering a 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes with 15 reviews so far. This is still early in the game, but the reviews aren’t simply complimentary—they seem pretty enthusiastic about the film’s quality.

First Class takes the X-Men story back to its roots and is just the kick in the pants the series needed. It is smart, spectacular, never cheesy, often thrilling and always incredibly entertaining.

X-Men: First Class is a rock-solid piece of storytelling.

An action blockbuster with rollercoaster thrills and laughs that has a fundamentally intelligent core.

While none of the Top Critics have released their reviews yet, this is an encouraging start. X-Men: First Class opens nationwide on June 3rd.

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