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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

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

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

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

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    reviews counted: 29
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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,, 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

3 stars

my feelings on this film have descended as the years have gone on. i still have fun watching this film, but with the culmination of the trilogy this once great comic book film looses its luster. the trilogy ended so poorly that it accentuates the flaws of this film in character development, style, and storyline. still a lot of fun, but i wish things had been done a bit differently.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, August 17, 2010

3 stars

What "X-Men" lacks in scope, it makes up for in imagination. Bryan Singer proved to have a unique, cool vision with this film- one that would be copied for years to come. Featuring a slick ensemble cast, splashy effects and resonate social/political overtones, "X-Men" is the rare, mature superhero film that works.

- stevenecarrier, Monday, July 5, 2010

4 stars

good movie. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010