The embargo on US reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse lifted yesterday, and like Kervyn pointed out, it’s a miXed bag (bonus points for the X joke there). So far most critics agree that it’s pretty… meh. Apocalypse is a lot of “been-there-done-that”. There are some high points, for sure, and a lot of low points, but the whole doesn’t seem to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Which begs the interesting question, with a generally negative consensus coming out of the American critics, will the reviews sway you away from watching it regardless? This isn’t some once-off movie after all, nor is it a movie that you’ve heard nothing about and have nothing else to go on. It’s part of a large, well-established franchise. Personally, I’ll be listening to the reviews, because they reflect how I feel about the X-Men movies in general. I didn’t like First Class and didn’t even watch Days of Future Past, so it’s safe to say that the reviews have convinced me I needn’t bother with this one either. On the other hand, despite generally awful reviews and a dire 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, some people still really loved Batman V Superman.
But, if you’ve enjoyed the X-Men movies so far, I’d be interested to hear what you think about reviews. Are you flexible enough to take heed of the critics’ warnings and stay away from the cinema? Or are you determined not to be swayed away from watching the conclusion of a trilogy, regardless of what people might say?
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Last Updated: May 11, 2016