The reviews for Avengers: Endgame are rolling in ahead of this week's theatrical debut. With tickets already being listed on eBay for hundreds of dollars, the much-anticipated Marvel picture is expected to smash box office records upon releasing tomorrow night.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin, and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the followup to 2012's The Avengers, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. The movie finds the surviving members of the Avengers working with their allies to rectify the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War.
Avengers: Endgame was premiered in Los Angeles earlier this week on April 22. Ahead of the theatrical release on April 26, critics are sounding off on the much-talked-about superhero film. Below, we've compiled a list of reviews to get you even more hyped for the Marvel picture.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells.
Helen O'hara, Empire
A victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action, this is an intensely satisfying piece of blockbuster filmmaking.
Robbie Collin, Telegraph
A galvanising victory lap for a blockbuster about blockbusters.
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
By any reasonable metric this is an entertaining, occasionally superb Marvel adventure.
Brian Truitt, USA Today
It’s peak Marvel in terms of sheer spectacle, although for once Endgame is one of these hero fests that revels in its present rather than looking to the future.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The movie hits you like a shot in the heart, providing a satisfying closure even when its hard to believe that Marvel will ever really kill a franchise that’s amassed $19 billion at the global box office.
Laura Prudom, IGN
Perhaps Endgame’s greatest accomplishment is how it deepens our understanding and appreciation of the movies that preceded it. This is truly a climax to an entire franchise, not just a resolution to the cliffhanger of Infinity War.
Jake Coyle, AP
Generous in humor, spirit and sentimentality, Anthony and Joe Russo’s Endgame is a surprisingly full feast of blockbuster-making that, through some time-traveling magic, looks back nostalgically at Marvel’s decade of world domination.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
If you don’t feel the tears welling up multiple times during this screen-filling, eye-popping, time-hopping, pulse-pounding, beautifully filmed superhero adventure for the ages, check for a pulse — because you might be dead.
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
If “Infinity War” was about failure, “Endgame” is, ironically, all about acceptance and moving on. After 11 long years, the Infinity Saga is finally, fulfillingly over. There is no post-credit scene. But oh, what a going-away party these old friends have thrown for themselves.
Jamie Graham, GamesRadar
It’s a drama of loss, courage and sacrifice, an inventive, mischievous heist movie, and a battle picture mounted on the clashing-army scale of the Lord Of The Rings movies. It’s also peppered with cameos and call-backs that will delight fans who have resolutely journeyed through those 11 years and 21 movies.
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Hugh Armitage and Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
Endgame is both entertaining and an impressive feat in storytelling, but there are some holes that widen the more you think about them, and some character portrayals that don't entirely land.
Glen Weldon, NPR
Yes, on one level, it's just more smash-em-up superhero CGI spectacle, but it's spectacle so thoroughly grounded in a devoutly earned, hard-won and entirely undismissible affection that at one crucial moment, it is capable, using something as hopelessly cheesy, as ridiculous, as hokey, as idiotic, as childish as the onscreen utterance of a superhero catchphrase, of sending a lump to the throat.
Peter Debruge, Variety
If Infinity War was billed as a must-see event for all moviegoers, whether or not they’d attended a single Marvel movie prior, then Endgame is the ultimate fan-service follow-up, so densely packed with pay-offs to relationships established in the previous films that it all but demands that audiences put in the homework of watching (or rewatching) a dozen earlier movies to appreciate the sense of closure it offers the series’ most popular characters.
Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
There’s some fleeting fun to be had when Endgame turns into a sort of heist film, occasioning what effectively amounts to an in-motion recap of prior entries in the MCU. Yet every serious narrative beat is ultimately undercut by pro-forma storytelling or by faux-improvised humor.
Tasha Robinson, The Verge
At times, Endgame feels like Inception, with the mind-bending sense of a dozen equally important things happening all at once, but without the sense of unity or a cohesive, well-modulated buildup.