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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Reviews

September 22, 2016
It knocks down a lot of the infrastructure the previous films had created, and it does so in a way that feels organic and refreshing for the Marvel world at large.
January 4, 2015
Sometimes a film leaves you with a big, dumb grin on your face. The Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier... is such an item.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2014
A movie that is, in the best sense of the word, a Marvel.
April 4, 2014
Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world.
April 4, 2014
If Captain America: The Winter Soldier is indeed an augur of things to come during this special-effects-laden summer, maybe it won't be such a painful season after all.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2014
This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2014
In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2014
There's too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2014
We not only get an edgier, more complex, more compelling storyline, we get the most badass 95-year-old the world has ever known.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 3, 2014
Fans of this franchise should expect more than a boilerplate action flick that brings absolutely nothing new to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2014
If we must endure yet another spring-summer cycle of comic book superheroes, this movie at least delivers the wham-bang goods (recycled though they may be).
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 3, 2014
I had fun. But I could have had more.
April 3, 2014
Like many others of its type, [it] gets off to a kinetic start only to lose steam before blowing everything up.
April 3, 2014
There's darkness and confusion just under its comic-book surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
This film is unlikely to convert a non-Captain America lover into a fanatic but it's assembled with sufficient skill that those who enjoy this sort of motion picture will have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 3, 2014
"The First Avenger" was a work of art, while "The Winter Soldier" is serviceable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable ... and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth-all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades.
April 3, 2014
Unless you're intimately familiar with the so-called Marvel universe (or you really love CG explosions), little of this will resonate.
April 3, 2014
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has the usual overlong running time, the half-hearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2014
The Winter Soldier cheerfully and efficiently does its job doing whatever Marvel movies are meant to do -- make you look forward to the next one, I guess.
April 3, 2014
On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Winter Soldier" is pale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2014
"The Winter Soldier" is superbly made and well-acted, neatly setting up the next few installments with just the right enticing sense of ongoing mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a very good movie, the rare film in this genre that serves as both entry point and continuation. For a change, you can walk in cold and you won't be too lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2014
The signal-to-noise ratio on "The Winter Soldier" is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that's left is an irritating buzz.
April 3, 2014
Powered by a dynamite Evans and a first-rate cast, this movie overcomes its plot holes and 3D too-muchness by making human frailty its primary focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
The movie does its duty. It's a reliable commodity, delivered efficiently and well, like pizza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
The Winter Soldier is no labored treatise on political science; it fulfills all the expectations of a Marvel movie. But this time the danger doesn't emanate from a fantasy villain like Neutron or an imaginary realm like Asgard.
April 3, 2014
"Captain America" is everything a big budget superhero film should be - except inspired.
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April 3, 2014
In this spectacularly entertaining sequel, Rogers is still running, jumping, and chucking his mighty shield like it's 1945. But now he's doing so with the weariness and distrust of historical hindsight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2014
Kudos to the Russos and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for stepping outside the constraints of both the genre and the shared history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the first superhero film since the terrorist-inflected The Dark Knight that plugs you right into what's happening now.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2014
Fight scenes are tense, though occasionally it's hard to tell who's doing what to whom. But they have the bone-crunching crack of realism sometimes lacking in comic book movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
In his third outing as the Captain, Evans seems totally comfortable in the role. He manages to convey his character's goodness without making him seem like a self-righteous stiff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2014
The first Marvel film in forever that doesn't climax with our heroes mowing down a generic horde of non-human nobodies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 2, 2014
The new movie is surprising. It's rambunctious, funny, complex and engaging at the level of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 1, 2014
A great international thriller, it engages the world at large yet stays focused as a sharp cast led by Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford support the star-spangled main man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2014
Deeply mediocre and ultra-predictable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2014
While ''The Winter Soldier'' succeeds as finely engineered merchandise built to be crowd-pleasing entertainment, for moviegoers and shareholder alike, it has a shelf life that won't last much past its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2014
It advances the story and respects mythos of its comic book creations, yet isn't averse to taking risks and moving it into bolder directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2014
The new franchise effort from Marvel charges through hyperkinetic chases and combat, though with slightly less finesse than its predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger."
March 28, 2014
From Scarlett Johansson's wonderfully sultry femme fatale Black Widow to Robert Redford's self-satisfied politician and Samuel L Jackson's tough and sardonic Nick Fury, the film benefits from performances that combine camp with conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2014
Marvel fans will be left writhing with pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 27, 2014
The Marvel faithful will turn up for the action scenes, and the directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, add an uncommon sharpness to sequences of urban warfare -- these Heat-grade bullet volleys have a real ping to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2014
Thanks to Johansson, Jackson and Redford, this is all good fun. It's a shame the weak link is the Captain himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 27, 2014
Robert Redford, laying aside Mr Liberal Sundance Nice Guy, lends sleek mischief to a dodgy Washington power-broker. Elsewhere, it's the box-office blend as before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2014
Chris Evans' welcome return to the superhero fold can't save this sequel from feeling like an awkward franchise mid-point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 21, 2014
It chooses to avoid the easy gags and go for stronger drama by having Cap confront something he really wasn't prepared for: A S.H.I.E.L.D. that seems to have lost its way, and may even have a few traitors buried deep inside it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2014
You can't help but feel disappointment that a film with a relatively spicy premise becomes, in the end, so risk-averse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2014
This sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You've got to hand it to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2014
Takes the bold (for Marvel) step of reducing CGI spectacle to a relative minimum in favor of reviving the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense.
March 20, 2014
Bounds along excitingly, keeping viewers guessing, launching some successful switcheroos and bringing real stakes to the game. The end results should reverberate throughout the big- and small-screen Avengers universe.
March 20, 2014
Chockfull of the breathless cliffhangers dictated by the genre, but equally rich in the quiet, tender character moments that made the first film unique among recent Marvel fare ...