Total Recall

X-Men Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer

In this week's Total Recall, we look at all 10 films in the popular Marvel franchise.

by | March 1, 2017 | Comments

This past weekend’s Logan marks the tenth entry in the X-Men franchise, which is now officially 17 years old. That’s right: Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for 17 years, in every X-Men movie except Deadpool. In honor of this franchise landmark, we decided to look back at where it’s been, from the hit 2000 original through subsequent sequels and standalone features. Get ready to get your snikt on, bub — it’s time for Total Recall!


X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) 38%

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After the disappointment of X-Men: The Last Stand, a solo movie for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine seemed like a smart and relatively foolproof way of getting the X-Men franchise back on track. Unfortunately, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine failed to capitalize on its immense potential; rated PG-13 and clocking in at 107 minutes, director Gavin Hood’s take on the character’s backstory could deliver neither the hard-hitting violence nor the epic sweep it deserved, and it didn’t help that David Benioff and Skip Woods’ script saddled Jackman with an ensemble cast that included a widely maligned version of the comics fan favorite Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). Still, for critics who entered the theater with sufficiently low expectations, it proved a reasonably entertaining diversion; as Laremy Legel wrote for Film.com, “You won’t be upset you saw it, you’ll have some fun, you’ll see Wolvie beat the living hell out of a helicopter.”

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 48%

Like a Phoenix Force-powered mutant rising from the ashes, the X-Men franchise rebounded from the much-maligned X-Men: The Last Stand by rebooting the series timeline — but nothing lasts forever, and the critical momentum generated by the First Class and Days of Future Past installments came to a grinding halt with X-Men: Apocalypse. It wasn’t supposed to be this way: the titular villain of this trilogy-concluding chapter is not only one of the biggest bad guys in the X-Men comics, he’s played here by Oscar Isaac, adding yet another talented thespian to a cast already overloaded with superstar wattage. Unfortunately, all that talent and all those decades of source material couldn’t help Apocalypse, which took the compelling-on-paper story of a powerful mutant out to cleanse the Earth with his Four Horseman and turned it into a muddled mush of set pieces and CGI. Still, it had its fans — including MTV’s Amy Nicholson, who wrote, “I found myself loving this strange, straight-faced operetta that embraces everything from Gregorian chanting to East German punk to Flock of Seagulls.”

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) 58%

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After two top-grossing, well-reviewed installments, the X-Men film franchise was due for a fall — and with 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, it arrived in the form of a second sequel whose $400 million-plus grosses were overshadowed by poor word of mouth and a rash of negative reviews. Though 56 percent isn’t a terrible Tomatometer score — and some critics enjoyed the movie, such as the New York Observer’s Andrew Sarris, who wrote that he was “strangely moved” by it — the lukewarm response was a significant comedown for the franchise, particularly after Bryan Singer, who directed the first two installments, left the project to take on Superman Returns, taking the previous installment’s screenwriters with him. New director Brett Ratner took his fair share of critical lumps (the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday accused him of “[making] hash of the story and characters”), but there was plenty of blame to go around; in the words of the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones, “despite all the grand gestures of climax and resolution, there’s a pronounced sense of autopilot.”

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The Wolverine (2013) 69%

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Fox execs were no doubt hoping that by the time they got around to giving Wolverine his second standalone feature, they’d have a solo franchise to build on — but instead, 2013’s The Wolverine needed to advance the character’s story while repairing the fan goodwill they’d lost the first time around. The homicidal streak that makes Wolverine such a fascinating character in the comics is also what’s made him relatively problematic on the big screen, and its PG-13 neutering is part of what rendered Hugh Jackman’s debut solo outing as the clawed superhero, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, such a disappointment for longtime fans. Director James Mangold had the benefit of lowered expectations when it came time to helm the follow-up, The Wolverine, but the end result — which drew inspiration from a beloved 1980s comics story that sent the character to Japan — earned more than a slow clap from critics; as Mick LaSalle enthused for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Somewhere along the line somebody must have had a crazy idea, that The Wolverine required a decent script, and shouldn’t rely only on action, audience goodwill and the sight of Hugh Jackman with his shirt off. The team delivers with this one.”

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X-Men (2000) 81%

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Years before Joss Whedon corralled a big ensemble cast for The Avengers, Bryan Singer pulled it off with X-Men — and what’s more, he managed to do it without the benefit of the major characters getting exposition-clearing standalone features first. In spite of all that — and in spite of the inherent obstacles facing a film that wants to make audiences believe in a team of crimefighting superpowered mutants whose ranks include a telepath nicknamed Professor X (Patrick Stewart), an angry little man with retractable claws (Hugh Jackman), a woman who can control the weather with her mind (Halle Berry), and a guy with laser beams shooting out of his eyes (James Marsden) — the summer of 2000 brought the classic band of Marvel heroes to the big screen in style, racking up almost $300 million in worldwide grosses and a healthy stack of positive reviews from critics like New York Magazine’s Peter Rainer, who deemed it “A rarity: a comic-book movie with a satisfying cinematic design and protagonists you want to watch.”

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Deadpool (2016) 84%

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The term “fanboy” is often used derisively, but every once in awhile, a group of diehards comes together to do a little good for pop culture — and Deadpool is a case in point. A longtime fan favorite in the Marvel comics universe, the “merc with a mouth” (played by Ryan Reynolds) was decidedly ill-served during his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and for years afterwards, fans clamored for a standalone Deadpool movie. It really shouldn’t have worked, and not just because Origins tanked; more importantly, the character’s enthusiastically R-rated adventures would need to be edited beyond reason in order to make him fit the family-friendly superhero blockbuster mold. Yet after yielding to fans’ constant cries for a Deadpool feature — partly thanks to the release of some test footage that may or may not have been leaked by Reynolds — Fox resisted the temptation to go after those sweet PG-13 dollars. Instead, to their credit, the studio embraced Deadpool’s comics roots by using him as the centerpiece of an R-rated mutant action thriller that leaned on the superhero genre’s tropes while knowingly subverting them — and, of course, setting up a sequel. It is, as Todd McCarthy wrote for the Hollywood Reporter, “A really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos, as well as the first Marvel film to irreverently trash the brand.”

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X2: X-Men United (2003) 86%

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Given the long odds it faced just getting to the screen, let alone pulling off the transition so successfully, it seemed altogether unlikely that X-Men’s inevitable sequel would be able to achieve the same standard, let alone exceed it — but that’s exactly what 2003’s X2: X-Men United did, both at the box office, where it grossed over $400 million, and among critics, who praised it even more highly than its predecessor. This was, appropriately, accomplished two ways: One, the screenplay satisfied critics and longtime fans by tackling the comic’s long-running sociological themes, most explicitly the fear of “outside” elements (in this case, sexy super-powered mutants) and how that fear is channeled by xenophobic authority figures; two, the sequel ramped up the original’s gee-whiz factor by introducing characters like the teleporting, prehensile-tailed Nightcrawler — and daring to tease at the Marvel title’s Phoenix storyline, one of the most beloved, brain-bending plots in the publisher’s history. The result was a film that remains both a fan favorite and a critical benchmark for writers like Moira MacDonald of the Seattle Times, who lauded X2 as “A wonderfully populated adventure, with the franchise even more compelling the second time out because of our familiarity with the characters.”

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X-Men: First Class (2011) 86%

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After the disappointments of The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the X-Men franchise was in desperate need of a creative rebirth. It arrived in the form of 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which rebooted the moribund mutant saga by taking the characters back to their beginnings as a freshly assembled team of superheroes. The reason for their coming together? The threat posed by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), an energy-absorbing sociopath (and former Nazi to boot) who plans on taking over the world — and instead ends up bringing together Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). A major box-office hit and a solid first step toward righting the wrongs of The Last Stand, it also resonated with critics like the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern, who wrote, “Preaching mutant pride with endearing fervor, X-Men: First Class proves to be a mutant in its own right — a zestfully radical departure from the latter spawn of a sputtering franchise.”

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) 91%

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After restoring the franchise to firm footing with X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn handed the reins back to Bryan Singer, who returned to the series he’d started with such acclaim — and took things a step further, drawing on one of the comics’ most acclaimed storylines to deliver the X-Men movies’ most epic entry while partially restoring some of what many fans felt had been lost or damaged during The Last Stand. Using an ambitious time travel plot to unite the First Class cast with their predecessors, Singer risked overstuffing X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he achieved the opposite effect; although most critics readily admitted that Singer’s efforts required a level of filmgoer sophistication not often demanded by your average blockbuster, they were just as quick to argue that the results included some of the most purely entertaining stuff the franchise had to offer. Calling it “maximalist Hollywood filmmaking at its best,” Slate’s Dana Stevens enthused that Days of Future Past is “the kind of extravagant production that, like a Wagner opera, can sweep you up in a sense of mythic grandeur even as you struggle to follow what’s going on.”

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Logan (2017) 93%

Third time’s the charm. After whiffing on their first opportunity to give Wolverine a compelling solo outing with the calamitous Origins, then inching a little closer to snikt-worthy cinema with The Wolverine, Fox finally gave fans a properly grim and gritty third installment. Logan peers into a dark future for our favorite mutants, with most of the X-Men dead after a mysterious tragedy and Wolverine reduced to working as a driver while caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and saving up enough money to buy a boat and sail off into aquatic exile. Fate has less peaceful plans for our heroes, of course; in short order, Logan finds himself embroiled in a dangerous plot involving a mysterious lab and a young girl on the run (Dafne Keen). It’s a classic Wolverine caper, loosely inspired by the Old Man Logan comics arc, and delivered with all the hard-hitting, hard-R panache fans waited patiently to see — not to mention the vast majority of critics. “Entertaining as they are, Marvel movies aren’t expected to be this mature, this dark or this human,” wrote Colin Covert for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This is a bold, coherent story inspired by a comic book, not slavishly based on it.”

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  • john

    Pretty accurate list. Would not put First Class so close to the top though. I’d put it behind either the original or even the wolverine. It just didn’t work that well. They also need to get Jennifer Lawrence out of that role, she’s really awful as mystique (and I’m generally a fan of her work).

    • I’d put First Class on top of that list any day. The only X-Men movie that treat its main characters equally, not just focusing on someone hairy with sharp claws.

    • Joe Kane

      ‘Pretty accurate list.’

      Uhm what? Of course its going to be accurate caused its sorted by RT percentage…you know, lowest value to highest value…basic math… that kinda of thing. This isn’t based on author’s or viewer preference.

      • john

        okay, I’m aware of that, and any reasonable person would know what i meant. quit being argumentative for no good reason. I’m not trying to fight with random internet strangers.

      • Protoman

        “it[‘]s sorted by RT percentage”

        …Which is itself based on inherently-subjective critical reviews. It might have been run through basic math, but the base data is drawn literally on viewer preference (in this case, those of critics).

    • PresidentialTicker

      Lawrence helps make the movie as a driver of the tension between Magneto and ProfessorX

  • Carlos Shabo

    X2 best comic movie ever.

    • john

      kinda interesting how this series and spiderman sort of paralleled. X-Men and Spiderman were both awesome introductions, then Spiderman-2 and X2 completely blew us all away. Then Spiderman 3 and X3 were huge, embarrassing disappointments.

      • hmulasmajic

        Is it weird that I just enjoy all of these superhero movies? I’ve never left a superhero movie feeling disappointed. Maybe it’s the nostalgia speaking though but I just remember enjoying Spiderman 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand.

    • Protoman

      It’s personally my favorite, too

    • T-BAG

      i wouldn’t say that, but it is great

  • Austin Taylor

    why does everyone hate on X-Men 3: The Last Stand? I enjoyed the character arcs, and it exemplified the profound respect Prof X and Magneto have for each other. No other rivals (hero, villain) are as complex and interesting as these two. And as far as the First 3 X-Men movies compared to the First Class X-Men, the originals are much better. Not to mention the casting.

    • T-BAG

      idk the cast for the new trilogy is perfect, well at least Professor X and Magneto! X3 was OK but they really butchered the dark phoenix storyline! and killing off Cyclops and the professor is just really lame.

      • leejong

        The death of professor I can understand. In the comics he has died a bunch of times. However, killing Cyclops not cool – not to mention unnecessary.

        • cruizerdave

          The thing is that it made the end of Days of Future Past so much sweeter. Not only did they stop the sentinel Armageddon, but they rewrote history to make everything happier. Yeah!

          • leejong

            As a fan I was very disappointed because there was already an incredible story about the phoenix and then the movie dismissed everything, reducing the most powerful source into nothingness.
            I would have even forgiven them for that ending, had they bothered to properly explain what the phoenix was.
            Nothing can be done now. The movie is out their in the world. I’m disappointed by their efforts… but overall I don’t think it’s that bad.

        • YoungPrime

          More proof on how Fox doesn’t care about this franchise.

          • Artakha the Creator

            Guess that’s why they bothered giving Deadpool an R-rated movie, right?

          • YoungPrime

            That was Tim Miller and Ryan Reynold’s effort. From RR’s own mouth he stated that Fox Exec’s didn’t give a fcuk so stop confusing them with Fox’s Barakapool and try again.

          • Artakha the Creator

            They still let it happen, but by all means, keep trying to speak for people’s views.

          • YoungPrime

            STFU….you’re trying to give credit where there isn’t any. And since Singer still runs the flag ship of FoXmen in general and that film is tracking for a paltry $80M I’ll leave you with time to grieve.

          • Artakha the Creator

            In its late U.S. release, you mean. The movie’s grossed more than $265M worldwide and has already surpassed its budget, and it hasn’t even been released in China and Japan yet. I see no reason to grieve.

            Moreover, holding Singer up as the captain of the flagship just undermines your attempts to levy blame against Fox for “not caring”. Letting a director do his job and minimizing interference isn’t “not caring”. It’s being respectful towards a competent moviemaker’s efforts and getting out of his way so he can work efficiently. Kinda like how a certain Disney has been letting the MCU go about its business. Guess Disney just doesn’t care about its franchise either.

            I suppose you’d rather have the rampant studio-meddling we got in TASM 2 and BvS?

          • YoungPrime

            You clearly don’t know how blockbusters turn a profit! Marketing is not included in the budget which is likely at least $100M for a film Fox claims they spent $174M to make (It was initially said to be $234M). Now understand that theaters get 45% of the domestic box office while Hollywood (Fox in this case) only get 25% of the box office overseas (minus business expenses) now throw in Marvel’s cut of about 5% off the top and other overhead cost and you’ll see the real picture here. This film barely makes its money back after Blu-ray release which is unexceptionable for a franchise of this caliber.

      • Munchy

        I didn’t mind x3 but I did dislike the phoenix storyline. I think that’s because I read the comics and loved the original story but it wasn’t a bad film if I hadn’t read those comics. Again another reson I liked origin because I didn’t know deadpool.

    • Pinkk

      They turned a character who was a New Yorker into a Brit because the actor everyone wanted, was wanted because he was bald. :p

  • Jim222001

    X-Men Apocalypse is much better than X3. Yet it has a lower rating. I have even seen one star reviews. I guess ratings don’t matter. Since Newsday even gave Deadpool one star.

    • T-BAG

      they really don’t people loved Batman V Superman and many hated it! Everyone hated Fant4stic but a very small few actually gave positive reviews! Man of steel is more liked by people than SUperman Returns but look at both scores! IMO it doesn’t matter, people now in days focus too much on a silly number or one mans opinion.

      • Ash K

        Who loved Batman v Superman? I thought the audience consensus was it was trash.

        • Moby85

          I loved Batman V Superman. And encouraged everyone I know to go. Batman and Alfred were awesome, I hadn’t seen Henry Cavill’s first Superman and really liked him, and you cannot forget Lex Luthor’s awesome line for any self-respecting fan of American beverages: “the secret to long life is Kentucky mash.”

        • T-BAG

          no the critics and MCU fanboys thought it was trash it currently has a 7.1 on IMDB.

          • PresidentialTicker

            You can’t even use MCU fanboy as a derogatory term after the thorough THRASHING Marvel is giving DC on film. Civil War vs Batman and Superman is like comparing a Ferrari to a Lexus. Sure Lexus is a good car but it doesn’t play at the top level.

          • T-BAG

            yeah you could, regardless mCU fanboys are annoying af, and think everything Marvel Studios makes is gold, that is not the case!

          • Baxtersbay

            I totally agree. Structurally, BvS and Civil War were almost the same movie, from arms dealers in Africa to big characters that weren’t really used to their potential (Spider-man, Wonder Woman, Ant Man). Half the characters in the airport battle in Civil War had no compelling reason to be there and I found it totally contrived that the death of Tony’s parents just happened to be recorded from multiple angles and nobody knew about it until the end of that movie. CW was a very safe film that took no risks and ultimately left me feeling unmoved. BvS had issues, too. But they weren’t issues that bothered me, I didn’t find the editing confusing and I didn’t mind it being “dark.” I thought the battle at the end was superb and there were plenty of scenes after it that I found very moving. On the whole, however, I found Apocalypse to be the overall better film. I didn’t feel anyone was included just to sell tickets and the trailer didn’t spoil the movie’s biggest surprises, which was the biggest problem I had with Civil War and BvS. I was iffy on the casting of Jean and Scott, but they won me over and Psyloche was awesome. Of all 3, Apocalypse came the closest to making me feel the way I do when I read a comic featuring those characters, even though their continuity is a mess.

        • Syyner

          I liked it a lot!

        • hmulasmajic

          I thought Batman v Superman was awesome. Ben Affleck’s Batman alone made the movie perfect for me. Everything else was just extra fun.

      • Munchy

        I loved batman v superman and I liked fantastic four, actualy th until doom came along I loved the movie and tone, it was when doom appeared and the end fight battle that sucked to me. Most people I know liked batman v superman, I get a kinda 8/10 from friends I loved it after the first showing cause it did have issues but I easily preferred it to civil war. I liked the fighting in civil war and the whole ironman v capt and bucky but where the movie failed for me was the don’t hit me to hard coment and feel at the airport. Also after seeing ultron no way am I convinced scarlet wouldn’t want iron man under control after all wasn’t toni starks persistence the main reason she and her brother wanted revenge on the avengers?. The fighting between teams failed to me as there was no levity, marvel didn’t even kill anyone off to create that sence of devastation that would have lead to a epic battle being believable., instead they crippled someone, just no balls. Yet I felt the ironman vcap and bucky, shame this wasn’t translated to the teams. As much as I liked Spiderman moving spider like and his voice I really didn’t like the costume, personally I think sam rami with tobi and of the amazing spiderman had much better costumes, its not 1970,s I don’t need captain America in his 1990s suit, I don’t need wlinda carters 70s wonder woman costume and I certainly don’t want spidys 70,s costume and that’s how it felt to me. Also lets use the actor in costume more as some scenes felt like the audio was out of sync with the head movements. I know it sounds like I didn’t like civil war, I did it was ok but it was called civil war and it just wasn’t a civil war, leaving the cinema I felt cheated. Maybe that’s why people didn’t like wolverine cause deadpool had his mouth shut again I didn’t know who deadpool was so I really liked wolverine. Ofc deadpool movie was the best.

    • YoungPrime

      You’re right. But that only means that X3 should but much lower.

      • Jim222001

        X3 has higher reviews.

        • YoungPrime

          What part of your comment changes mines…? Oh what you think Ooze-pocalyse should be a higher rating instead? That’s nice…..

          • Jim222001

            Do you mean changing minds ? Changing mines is dangerous. You probably didn’t even see the movie. I did and yes it is better than X-3: Attack of the Leather.

          • YoungPrime

            Nope haven’t found a decent torrent yet. If nothing else I’ll buy another CW ticket at theater showing both and have a look but I get the jest of it. Plus it’s not like 16 years of Singer has changed so spare me the “Give it a chance” drivel since Fox isn’t giving refunds if I do.

    • GeekFurious

      Critics & fans have become so spoiled they now make an effort to find problems where they didn’t used to. It’s been this way since the late 90s but now it’s at an all-time high. Perhaps one day we’ll get to actually enjoy a time where people don’t think they are all critics… and where we don’t have 500 critics trying desperately to get noticed with their hyperbolic reviews.

      • Steve

        i totally agree. Seems no one can live a balanced life without being ‘recognized’ for thier ‘oh-so-thought-provoking’ thoughts and feelings on everything from Aesops Fables to Zenomorphs. I miss the days where we simply enjoyed being ABLE to see a movie with friends/family, rather than sitting in the theatre annoying everyone around them, smartphone in hand, tapping out and posting self-serving movie reviews. Everyone’s so busy being a freakin’ EXPERT at whatever they’re involved in these days, thatI honestly can’t see how they’re having any FUN at it.

      • Jim222001

        The X-Men movies coexist with each other less and less as they go on though. I mean Angel was just a dude who wanted his wins removed in X-3. He wasn’t from the 80’s time line or bad in that movie. He just wants to show off his wings like an erection he was proud of lol.
        While Charles was bald and walking when he met Jean Grey in X-3. The X-Men franchise is an entertaining mess nevertheless.

  • Daws001

    The only one that I hated was Origins. I couldn’t even finish that. X2 is probably my fave.

    • Phuck Yue

      You really couldn’t finish Origins? Weren’t you curious to how it ends? I think any xmen fan would have at least finished it.

    • Daniel Thornton

      It did give a decent Gambit though.

  • SINStrykerSF

    I didn’t “properly” see Origins. I saw the pre-release bootleg version that some crazy guy I knew gave me. Turns out the movie wasn’t fully finished which ruined it. I remember a scene when Cyclops sunglasses get knocked off while in high school. The scene was supposed to show an outside view of the school with his beam cutting straight through it, instead it showed a undeveloped CGI depiction of what was supposed to happen. This happened throughout the movie, especially at the end when Wolverine was fighting “Deadpool”

  • Moby85

    First Class was #1 in my opinion, I thought the best done of all. Magneto was riveting…”Blood or honor, which do you want to lose first?” And it was a pleasant surprise: minus Mystique.

  • BPods

    Can they release a version of X1 where Storm uses a better line right before she bolts Toad?

    It makes me cringe every time. So bad.

  • GeekFurious

    First Class and X2 are the only ones I’d consider very good or great. Well, and Deadpool but that’s not technically an X-Men movie since Deadpool is not in the X-Men.

  • Alec

    I never understood why people gave the 3rd act of the Wolverine a hard time. I thought that movie was one of the best in the franchise. Could someone explain this to me please.

    • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

      Mostly because the original story that there basing it on didn’t have a goofy robot or such a scifi plot. Hell the rest of the movie wasn’t going in that direction. Outside of Viper it was mostly a crime drama about honor and a man learning to live again. A story about tragedies and triumphs. Then at the last minute robot armor and Logan’s blood is a fountain of youth.

      I still love the movie in fact its one of my all time favorites but yeah they kind of fucked up the third act a little.

  • Soumya Dham

    X2 remains a personal favourite. 🙂

  • Munchy

    Seen a lot of reviewers pan X-Men Apocalypse I kinda loved it lol. but then again I really liked wolverine the first one lol. for me it would be dead pool number 1 then days of future past then wolverine then the apocalypse then last stand. I actually didn’t like the second wolverine movie and loved the original xmen. For sure deadpool was the tops for me on this list

    • hmulasmajic

      You’re not alone. I thought X-Men Apocalypse was epic.

  • Al Pi

    The Wolverine is little low. Probably residual hate from that terrible Origins movie.

  • Syyner

    Guess I’m in the minority but I’ve been disappointed with the franchise as a whole. Being a huge xmen comic reader from the 90’s I know the history and the really great stories that took place in those comics. Maybe my expectations are too high but to me this whole franchise has been squandered. Storm is an after thought and she has a terrific back story. Angel has been wasted in two movies now. Scott was just an uptight buzzkill. Soooo much wasted potential in Rogue. Bobby is just romantic foil for Rogue. Continuity errors galore, jesus the continuity errors were worse than the comics themselves! Making Wolvy the central character over the team. Tethering themselves to Magneto. I was ready for him to go before x3. Why is Mystique so important now? Oh yea JLaw plays her. Once again choosing star power over character. I can really keep going but I’m sure you get the jist of my disappointment. Some of you would shit yourselves if you saw an xmen movie live up to it’s potential. Bash me all you want idc. These just aren’t good adaptations. They’re not even really good movies imo…

    • Directing is hard

      Totally agree. Give it 5+ years. I’m sure there will be a X-men reboot with hopefully better writing and directing. Don’t forget how they downplayed the planet destroying Phoenix into an afterthought. So sad really, but keep the faith man!

    • geturfill

      Totally agree.

    • GForce9x

      Here is where you have the hard part when it comes to adapting movies from books/comics/games that have a huge amount of source material. There needs to be balance between keeping with the source material and making it entertaining for a *casual* audience. You gotta remember you only have 2~2.5 hours from start to finish. Their mindset is also leaving room open for possible sequels, whether direct or farther ahead on the timeline. So did they veer away from the characters’ original stories or shift priority/backburner on some characters? Absolutely. However, in spite of that, was it still entertaining? Most people seem to agree.

      Even though it hasn’t been released yet, one of the reasons (cited by multiple reviewers) why the upcoming Warcraft movie has a rating in the toilets is because it appears to be catered to people who have played the games and are knowledgeable of the lore. The casual moviegoer may end up having trouble trying to make sense of what is going on and may find the characters and story overall very shallow.

      In the end, you can’t please everyone, but their goal is to make a quality product that will happily entertain the broadest amount of people in the target audience, which is typically your casual moviegoer who may have zero background information on the source material.

  • okiloki

    X3 getting 58% is way too high. It should be 30%. Wolverine Origins wasn’t a good movie but was much better than X3 and hopefully Apacalypse is as well.

  • hmulasmajic

    I loved X-Men: Apocalypse!

  • Justin Wang

    x-men first class was my personal favorite. The chemistry between Charles and Magneto was my favorite aspect of the movie. I loved seeing the characters evolve from Mystique to Magneto himself. The script was also great and the interactions between all the characters. Magneto never seemed like the humorous one, but his reaction to Banshee’s joke at him right before jumping out of the plane was hilarious.

  • IToldYouNotToTouchThat

    I like…………tacos. And January Jones as Emma Frost.

  • swillermann

    First Class is best followed by X2. I don’t get the love for Days I was disappointed by it. Guess I need to give it another shot. I liked Apocalypse better. Not perfect, but entertaining with a good pace to the action.

  • Baxtersbay

    The scores on Rotten Tomatoes have got to be the most unreliable metrics for whether or not I will enjoy a movie. Age of Ultron has a 75 and an 84 and I thought that movie was a boring, hot mess.

  • Matt Flanagan

    has anyone even watched X2 since it came out? it is easily the biggest piece of trash in the whole series. like sci-fi channel worthy.

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