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) 91%

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.

What’s Hot on TV

Houdini & Doyle: Season 1 (2016) 46%

Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan are fun as Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, but their capers aren’t much more than passable.

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.
  • Define Dancing

    “On your left!”

  • Tim

    *Civil War is the 13th entry in the MCU

  • Michael Montoya

    It was AWESOME!

  • NameNamerson


  • 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

Tag Cloud

Elton John Walt Disney Pictures a nightmare on elm street doctor who ratings OWN Hulu biography dogs joker 45 Film Festival Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DirecTV 2017 CBS blaxploitation Television Critics Association emmy awards Fox News obituary Hear Us Out Crunchyroll GIFs romantic comedy crime Awards Tour composers Academy Awards BET Kids & Family cops mockumentary series rotten movies we love critics Superheroes Western TNT revenge golden globes documentaries BET Awards miniseries animated laika boxoffice Horror Trailer Baby Yoda 20th Century Fox natural history TCA Awards Awards WGN Syfy Family Marvel PaleyFest versus Paramount Network PBS anthology Food Network Vudu Marvel Studios historical drama FOX period drama Winners directors Peacock romance streaming Shondaland Cartoon Network award winner GLAAD NBC El Rey teaser Amazon Prime Video halloween A&E 007 stop motion christmas movies psychological thriller spanish language indie twilight concert SundanceTV dragons Pixar TruTV disaster FX Stephen King Pet Sematary San Diego Comic-Con foreign Opinion Paramount unscripted ABC Family superhero Netflix Christmas movies LGBTQ Fantasy Tomatazos comic DC Comics Turner Reality Competition VOD HBO Go zombies robots cats HBO rotten Ghostbusters Quiz Pop Discovery Channel Nickelodeon what to watch Teen Ellie Kemper USA Network hispanic MTV Film New York Comic Con TCA Winter 2020 comics Pride Month Black Mirror video on demand batman Sundance TV psycho asian-american DGA Disney Channel Masterpiece Fall TV movie harry potter green book justice league Mudbound strong female leads Black History Month Turner Classic Movies cults hollywood Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Amazon reboot sequel Rocky fast and furious LGBT Star Wars Polls and Games First Look talk show Brie Larson Nat Geo Animation anime breaking bad Disney Plus mutant Musical cancelled stoner satire Sony Pictures cooking Rock Pirates Spike Lucasfilm Mindy Kaling CW Seed Lifetime Christmas movies cancelled TV shows Spring TV best Amazon Studios Superheroe Interview IFC Films Classic Film OneApp Election Country Trophy Talk Columbia Pictures Disney+ Disney Plus docudrama crime thriller Creative Arts Emmys The Purge screen actors guild YouTube YouTube Red YouTube Premium CBS All Access casting AMC TV Land canceled TV shows canceled Schedule adventure Chernobyl Ovation all-time Box Office sag awards festivals spy thriller serial killer X-Men politics Tumblr binge Lionsgate MCU The Walking Dead hist TLC cinemax cancelled television films ghosts Podcast Women's History Month kids sequels BBC Cannes richard e. Grant RT History American Society of Cinematographers Showtime travel BAFTA jamie lee curtis game show zombie Rocketman See It Skip It dc USA blockbuster dceu CNN Comedy Central Netflix space Holiday Photos President book Spectrum Originals theme song 21st Century Fox nbcuniversal Marvel Television Music vampires name the review Oscars Mystery Comedy stand-up comedy E3 Sundance Now Acorn TV Hallmark technology NYCC ESPN MSNBC news Warner Bros. Tubi Trivia south america 2020 Super Bowl BBC America Sci-Fi Apple adaptation Set visit E! supernatural Anna Paquin Red Carpet Winter TV YA slashers Dark Horse Comics quibi Adult Swim Lifetime comedies universal monsters The CW VICE Drama parents transformers Extras crime drama spain WarnerMedia SXSW crossover singing competition facebook GoT A24 sitcom Holidays Television Academy 2016 Epix Video Games Rom-Com Summer elevated horror Christmas child's play nature zero dark thirty Comics on TV worst 72 Emmy Awards Apple TV Plus Calendar documentary Universal Emmy Nominations TCM Action SDCC Freeform Captain marvel movies Infographic mission: impossible tv talk ITV Musicals witnail police drama independent Mary poppins Sneak Peek spinoff Thanksgiving latino Emmys Cosplay Crackle Shudder dramedy Best and Worst BBC One 4/20 cancelled TV series video discovery IFC First Reviews HBO Max National Geographic 2015 based on movie Mary Poppins Returns Mary Tyler Moore VH1 Starz APB Biopics Amazon Prime cars werewolf indiana jones Star Trek Travel Channel Certified Fresh Sundance scary movies reviews TBS Countdown Hallmark Christmas movies comiccon war Character Guide medical drama sports thriller PlayStation science fiction renewed TV shows TCA 2017 Year in Review Nominations 2019 RT21 Britbox children's TV social media classics franchise 71st Emmy Awards Watching Series Binge Guide Disney FXX Disney streaming service ABC The Witch free movies chucky Avengers Toys political drama Tarantino Martial Arts dark Reality Arrowverse History CMT aliens Esquire Logo Pop TV cartoon DC streaming service TCA 24 frames Writers Guild of America criterion 2018 FX on Hulu TV Heroines television die hard Grammys DC Universe Bravo true crime Valentine's Day Song of Ice and Fire Comic Book Funimation diversity screenings Marathons TV renewals Endgame TIFF toy story spider-man game of thrones Premiere Dates Apple TV+ finale The Arrangement