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X-Men: Days of Future Past Review Critics


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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Future Past starts fast and never slows down. There's not a line of dialogue that isn't exposition... What fun there is slips in through director Bryan Singer's visuals.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Think of it as a thrill ride with gravitas.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Thanks to the first-class special effects, a star-packed cast, screenwriters who know just when to inject some self-aware comic relief without getting too jokey and director Bryan Singer’s skilled and sometimes electrifying visuals, X-Men: Days of Future Past is flat-out big-time, big summer movie fun.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    If the characters’ quandaries at times feel overly circumscribed, they’re also advanced with a bracing emotional directness, devoid of either cynicism or sentimentalism, that touches genuine chords of feeling over the course of the film’s fleet 130-minute running time.

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  • 90

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    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    While it's more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The most striking thing about X-Men: Days of Future Past is its generosity. Huge franchise installments are rarely as enjoyable as this one. They aren't as inventive, richly detailed, surprisingly varied, elegantly crafted or improbably stirring.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Time-traveling superhero sequel has lots of action violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that X-Men: Days of Future Past (the sequel to X-Men: First Class) is an exciting superhero film that's filled with fantastic special effects -- and bone-crunching battles. There's some blood -- as well as guns, stabbing, and hand-to-hand fighting -- though most of the action violence is of the large-scale carnage variety, including explosions and super-powered combat. Skeletons and corpses are seen. One scene shows a man's naked backside after he gets out of bed (a woman is lying next to him), and there's some swearing (one "f--k," plus "s--t," etc. ), drinking (the young professor drinks a lot, with bottles all around), and the "shooting up" of a serum that mimics drug use. As with all of the X-Men movies, this one explores issues of identity, fearing what's different, and embracing who you are, as well as the notion that killing isn't the answer to problems.

  • Families can talk about superhero movies. How does X-Men: Days of Future Past compare with the other X-Men films? How do the X-Men movies stack up against other popular franchises, such as The Avengers or Spider-Man? What makes each one stand apart from the others?
  • What do the X-Men movies have to say about racism and discrimination? How do ordinary people view mutants?
  • What do the mutants' struggles have in common with other challenges that people have faced? Why do people tend to fear what is different?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A good friendship can withstand most disagreements, especially when both parties can communicate well with each other. Killing isn't the answer to problems; instead friendship, support, unity, and hope can save the day. Also: Don't fear what's different, and embrace who you are.

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    Role models: Although there are some clearly evil characters, the young professor is a generous, kind-hearted man who sometimes feels things a little too heavily. He's committed to righting wrongs the right way. Most of the mutants in this film are kind, caring, and compassionate. Some strong, powerful female characters and a somewhat diverse cast.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Plenty of action, including super-powered combat featuring all kinds of unusual powers. Lots of destruction and wreckage. People are thrown, stabbed, and shot at. There's an overwhelming sense of menace. Some scenes include shots of corpses and skeletal remains. Structures explode and get uprooted.

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    Sex: A man's naked backside is shown after he gets up from bed. There's a woman lying next to him. Some flirting at a bar. One blue, scaly female mutant sometimes walks around nude (though it looks as though she's wearing all-over body armor).

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes a few uses of words like "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "bloody," plus a single "f--k."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise, plus some vintage signage for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and a couple other brands.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Younger Professor X shoots up a serum that dulls his powers and helps him walk and seems to mimic the effect of heroin. Viewers see close-ups of the needle entering the vein. He also drinks a lot when we first see him, with lots of liquor bottles around. Other social drinking.