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X-Men

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


A small band of outcast mutants fights to save a world that hates and fears them...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

ON for kids age 11
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie involves a great deal of comic-book violence executed with near-bloodless restraint but, at the same time, visceral efficiency. One character is a Holocaust survivor; there's much discussion about tolerance and hatred and prejudice, all in the film's fictional context of "mutants" with special abilities appearing in the human population -- and yet, this might provide a great conversation-starter for families.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's allegorical relationship to everything from Civil Rights to apartheid, as well as the film's metaphors for acceptance, tolerance, and understanding.
  • Families can also talk about how often, fantasy and science-fiction are ways to talk about tough real-world issues; does the acceptance of the unreal make it easier to discuss the real?
  • Families can also talk about the popularity of super-hero stories -- what need in the audience do they meet? Are they simple fun, or can they be considered seriously as part of what pop culture says about who we are?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    82%
    reviews counted: 29
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A distinctively absorbing entertainment, offering just enough popcorn thrills for mass audiences and just enough chewiness for hardcore sci-fi fans.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Fresh: A superb cast and spotless direction from Bryan Singer make this one a summer must-see, and a film that goes right alongside the first Batman and Superman as genre bests.

- Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: The most beautiful, strange, and exciting comic-book movie since the original Batman.

- David Denby, New Yorker, Monday, April 15, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The movie that started the new wave of Marvel films, long before SpiderMan, actually didn't age all that well. It's biggest assets are still an outstanding cast, with Hugh Jackman turning out to be the perfect Wolverine, and a rather serious, almost dramatic approach to the superhero and especially the mutant theme. Bryan Singer portrayed those powers as more of a curse than a gift and delivered a rather dark film, where character development is more important than action, taking its characters seriously, not delivering a puppet show like Schumacher's Batman films. Still a brave effort 11 years later, but of course overtaken by later films.

- ironclad1609, Thursday, June 16, 2011

4 stars

The movie that started the new wave of Marvel films, long before SpiderMan, actually didn't age all that well. It's biggest assets are still an outstanding cast, with Hugh Jackman turning out to be the perfect Wolverine, and a rather serious, almost dramatic approach to the superhero and especially the mutant theme. Bryan Singer portrayed those powers as more of a curse than a gift and delivered a rather dark film, where character development is more important than action, taking its characters seriously, not delivering a puppet show like Schumacher's Batman films. Still a brave effort 11 years later, but of course overtaken by later films.

- ironclad1609, Thursday, June 16, 2011

4 stars

Director Bryan Singer gives audiences a good introduction to the X-men universe. The film does a good job in presenting the world of X-men in a way that is believable and seemingly realistic. The movie provides plenty of thrilling action while at the same time providing a story that is intriguing but nothing special. The only big flaw with the story is that Wolverine is given too much focus, robbing other characters of screen time. The cast is very well rounded, everybody seems to fit their part well. Hugh Jackman was born to play Wolverine. Despite the flaws, X-men amounts to a very good superhero movie.

- fb100002384654145, Sunday, June 12, 2011