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‘Captain America’ Reviews: Not Just Another Superhero Film

Mon, March 31, 2014 10:07am EDT by Emily Longeretta 4 Comments

Chris Evans and ScarJo have teamed up again for the newest installment of ‘Captain America’ in the new sequel! The movie hits theaters on April 4, but the reviews are already in — so is it a superhero score or did it fall flat?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the most-talked about films already and it isn’t even in theaters yet. Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America (Chris Evans) is still working for S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside his partner, Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), in the film that takes place two years after The Avengers. The sequel to the 2011 film also features Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review Roundups

Are you still trying to decide if you want to hit up the movie theaters this week to see the new film? Well, according to the reviews, it’s a can’t-miss. Read the roundup below, see the film, then let us know what you thought of the blockbuster hit!


This is more than just another superhero sequel. It’s an espionage thriller, it’s a spy movie, it’s a top-notch action-adventure, and it’s superhero cinema as serious grounded drama that reflects important social/political questions of our time. It’s a film you can enjoy even if you haven’t seen any other superhero movies before. Indeed, it’s a superhero movie you can enjoy even if you don’t like superhero movies in general.


Adult moviegoers, though, will find a smart, action-packed film with DNA that includes “Three Days of the Condor” and the Jason Bourne flicks. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo ground their very vulnerable heroes in a recognizable reality while never skimping on massive set pieces, kinetic hand-to-hand fights and a secret lab ripped from the comics pages.


Evans is once again very appealing in the lead — perhaps even more so this time because the character has been given more dimensions. The aw-shucks “kid from Brooklyn” is now a man with his feet in today but his head still very much in yesterday, and Evans excels at showing us the melancholy soul beneath the gleaming Pepsodent smile. Johansson similarly brings a real wistfulness to Natasha — she, too, is dogged by her past, only where Rogers is still living in his, she’d like nothing more than to forget hers. The biggest surprise, however, is Redford, who has rarely taken supporting roles, and who plays Pierce to oily perfection. He seems to be having a blast blasting ICBM-sized holes in his well-worn persona of the unimpeachable liberal crusader.

The Guardian:

Scarlett Johansson does more back-flipping high kicks interspersed with sassy quips as Black Widow, while Toby Jones has fun again as an escapee from Iron Sky, but the titular steel-armed soldier somehow gets lost amid the morass of thumbnail sketches – even at an unwieldy 136 minutes, this manages to skimp on character development. Those in search of eye-popping, cliff-hanging spectacle won’t be disappointed, but on a personal level (and post credits sequences aside) Joss Whedon this ain’t.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you go see Captain America: The Winter’s Soldier? Let us know!

— Emily Longeretta

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