Critics Consensus

Captain America: Civil War Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Dheepan and A Bigger Splash are also Certified Fresh.

by and | May 5, 2016 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: the hotly-anticipated Marvel superhero showdown Captain America: Civil War, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. What do the critics have to say?


Captain America: Civil War (2016) 90%

Nothing lasts forever in Hollywood, and one of these days, the ever-greater ambitions of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe are bound to bump up against that harsh reality. Happily for fans, however, the studio looks likely to continue its critical and commercial hot streak with Captain America: Civil War, the 12th entry in the MCU and the first in its Phase Three initiative. Civil War pits Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) against Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) in an ideological conflict when the U.N. mandates a global oversight committee to register and rein in superheroes. Even without the influx of a crowded supporting roster, it’s a lot for one superhero sequel to handle, but the vast majority of critics agree that Civil War is not only a worthy successor to The Winter Soldier, it’s one of the better entries in the wildly successful MCU pantheon.


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Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Dark Horse (2016) , a documentary about a small Welsh community that teamed up to purchase a racehorse, is at 95 percent.
  • Palme d’Or winner Dheepan (2016) , a drama about a Sri Lankan refugee who has difficulty acclimating to Paris, is Certified Fresh at 91 percent.
  • A Bigger Splash (2016) , starring Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in a drama about an injured rock star whose recouperation from an injury is interrupted when she’s visited by an old flame, is Certified Fresh at 88 percent.
  • Bridgend (2016) , a psychological drama about a small town dealing with a wave of teen suicides, is at 87 percent.
  • Elstree 1976 (2016) , a documentary about Star Wars‘ less celebrated cast members, is at 85 percent.
  • Love Thy Nature (2016) , a documentary that explores the idea that mankind has lost touch with the natural world, is at 33 percent.
  • Mothers and Daughters (2016) , starring Susan Sarandon and Cristina Ricci in a multi-stranded drama about motherhood, is at 31 percent.
  • Being Charlie (2016) , Rob Reiner‘s drama about an 18-year-old substance abuser who meets a kindred spirit when his father places him in a rehab facility, is at 28 percent.
  • Bite (2016) , a horror film about a woman who gets a strange bug bite and subseqently develops insect traits, is at 20 percent.
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    “On your left!”

  • Tim

    *Civil War is the 13th entry in the MCU

  • Michael Montoya

    It was AWESOME!

  • NameNamerson

    MAKE
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    MARVEL

  • Rayo

    Civil War is the greatest superhero movie and one of the best movies ever. It’s amazing!

    • Allaith S. Alsaleh

      I Agree

    • Vare

      That’s a massive exageration. It’s one of my favorites MCU movies for sure though.

  • rebeca agoiz

    I loved the movie!! I watched it twice already. I might be my favourite MCU movie to this date… But it is an Avengers’ movie, not a Captain America movie. I missed some especial scenes between Bucky and Steve, like they have them in TWS.

    • Gloria Jin

      Me too! Hail stucky!

    • Cinemascribe

      I agree wth the majority of what you’ve written here, save for one thing: It was very much a Captain America movie, not an Avengers movie. The Avengers (most of them) are in it, but it isn’t their movie. Cap is the character who unifies the plot threads. It’s his mission at the beginning and the subsequent damage resulting from it which is the final prompt for the accords to go ahead. It’s his oppostion to those accords and his allegiance to Bucky which creates the core conflict from there. The entire third act in particular is specifcally focused on Cap, Bucky and certain revelations in regards to Tony Stark. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this film so much: As was the case with Winter Soldier, Civil War manages to have a broad scope, yet still functions first and foremost as a Captain America movie.

      Also going to add : Black Panther and Spiderman were executed with astonishing attention to the qualitieis which make both characters great. Spidey has always been my favorite superhero going back to when I first read a Spiderman comic as a boy in the mid 1970’s and I was overjoyed at how perfectly he was represented. Tom Holland was an excellent choice and I’m really psyched for his stand alone movie. And Chadwick Boseman steals every scene he’s in both in and out of the costume as Black Panther.

      • rebeca agoiz

        The first and second Captain America movies have Steve as the indiscutible lead character. In Civil War Steve and Tony share this leadership equally. You said it’s Steve’s plot and inner struggle that leads the movie, but Tony’s is just as important, or at least that’s the way they have presented it.

        Gloria: Hail stucky!! Indeed.

        • Cinemascribe

          I understand Tony is a lead as well- I actually alluded to that in my comment that the third act is specifcally about the connection between both characters in regards to Bucky . But the narrative still revolves around Steve’s decisions and subsequent actions, particularly in regards to the T’Challa/Bucky Barnes plot thread. In the last half of the film, Tony is essentially reacting based on what Steve does and claims Rogers made earlier. Having The Avengers in the film is going to be unavoidable the more interconnected the MCU grows, but it’s still Cap’s movie. To put it another way: If theres an issue of the comic Captain America which The Avengers appear in, that doesn’lt make it a issue of The Avengers. It’s still a Captain America comic. It’s the same principle here.

  • RaptorJesus

    DC couldn’t balance 3 heroes in one movie and have a coherent plot. Marvel took 9, advanced their own plots and stories, and introduced 2 in a beautifully crafted and organic way. If Suicide Squad is terrible I give up on DC

    • Rakib Hasan

      *Marvel took 10

    • Ivo Pavlov

      It’s 12 superheroes actually – you see 10 on the poster. Add Ant-Man and Spider-man and you have 12.

    • Nunyur_Biznezz

      So says the Marvel fanbois. That’s the whole hate on BvS was. and I’m not even a comic guy. I think being a fanboi of either DC or Marvel is retarded. So my opinion is unbiased because all you comic nerds are nerds living in mamas basement.

      • RaptorJesus

        It’s hard to take an insult to heart from a person with only a vague grasp of the English language and basic grammar. “That’s the whole hate on BvS was.” is not a coherent sentence, you spell “fanboi” like a 5th grade Avril Lavigne fan, and the “mama’s basement” line deserves to stay in 1993; most likely around the time your education stopped.

  • 我开着大东风

    “I could do this all day.”有没有觉得这句话照应前几集帅爆了

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