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The Avengers

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes (142 minutes)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller

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4 out of 5

Audience Ratings for The Avengers

-28.0%
125 Ratings
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Plot Summary

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures "Marvel's The Avengers"--the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when "Marvel's The Avengers" assemble in summer 2012. In "Marvel's The Avengers," superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

Critics Reviews for The Avengers

86 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 44 | Positive Review: 38 | Negative Review: 6 | Average Rating: 3.9/5

'The Avengers" is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. What it expertly is, is whelming.
Critic Score: 3/4

April 27, 2012 Full Review
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith
New York Post

"The Avengers" is done well by Joss Whedon, with style and energy. It provides its fans with exactly what they desire.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Audiences have been eagerly anticipating this first all-hero extravaganza for years. The wait was worth it.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

One of the great joys of Marvel's The Avengers is its sense of humor about itself.
Critic Score: 4.5/5

April 30, 2012 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

The light, amusing bits cannot overcome the grinding, hectic emptiness, the bloated cynicism that is less a shortcoming of this particular film than a feature of the genre.
Critic Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012 Full Review
A.O. Scott
A.O. Scott
New York Times

The dialogue sparkles as brightly as the special effects; these people may be wearing ridiculous costumes but they're well fleshed-out underneath. And so in every regard, this movie truly fulfills its hype.

April 23, 2012 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Whedon is the key reason why this $220-million behemoth of a movie is smartly thought out and executed with verve and precision. It may be overly long at two hours, 23 minutes, but so much is going on you might not even notice.
Critic Score: 4/5

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Whedon pulls off a stunning feat in bringing balance to this superhuman circus, engineered to charm the geek core and non-fans alike.

April 20, 2012 Full Review
Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

The Avengers kicks ass.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2012 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Its primary purpose is not to explore or subvert the superhero movie, but to lay the groundwork for more of them.

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate

It works because Joss Whedon never loses sight of the fragile humanity of the characters, even in their special effects brawls. It works because somebody finally got The Hulk's blend of rage, guilt and bull-in-a-chandelier-shop fun right.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A saga guaranteed to pass muster with the Comic-Con cognoscenti, without forsaking regular popcorn munchers who just hope to see the planet get saved with maximum firepower and a few laughs.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.

May 8, 2012 Full Review
Tom Charity
Tom Charity
CNN.com

... the filmmakers behind The Avengers attack their task of creating a comic book superhero epic with not just conviction, but something almost resembling panache.
Critic Score: 3.5/5

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.

May 4, 2012 Full Review
Christopher Orr
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR

I had a blast at The Avengers.

May 3, 2012 Full Review
David Edelstein
David Edelstein
NPR

If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.

May 8, 2012 Full Review
Anthony Lane
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...
Critic Score: B+

May 4, 2012 Full Review
Laremy Legel
Laremy Legel
Film.com

Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd.
Critic Score: 4/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Amy Biancolli
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.
Critic Score: B

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

A slow start, a single star performance surrounded by indifferent acting and an onslaught of computer effects that range from seen-it-all-in-"Transformers" to a whole sky full of spectacular stuff in the midtown Manhattan climax.

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Whedon knows how to be self-aware without getting overly cute about it. He has fun highlighting each character's neurosis and knows which personalities clash to greatest effect.
Critic Score: B+

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Chris Vognar
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives.

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This film is stylish, intelligent and, one hopes, influential on the next generation of superhero movies; it should leave a lasting legacy.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A slickly packaged, effects-driven smashup.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right.
Critic Score: B

May 3, 2012 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

You don't need to be a "comic-book person" to find the set pieces exhilarating. But if you are such a person, or a fan of the movies that comic books turn into, "The Avengers" feels like the moment you've been waiting for.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Wesley Morris
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

"The Avengers" is both a culminator and a set-up for more, more, more.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

To watch another comic book transformed into another blockbuster is to "marvel" at much and to feel nothing - that's a safer bet than the converse, perhaps, which may explain the genre's popularity.
Critic Score: 2/4

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

If you're not much of a Marvel Comics person but just want to get an early start on your mindless summer moviegoing, well, I guess this picture is no stupider than anything else.

May 2, 2012 Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Really, who cares about another battle? We know how this is going to end.

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Karina Longworth
Karina Longworth
Village Voice

The best thing about The Avengers, a multi-tentpole blockbuster that gathers half a dozen Marvel superheroes and unfurls them on a baddie from another planet, is that it also unleashes them on each other.
Critic Score: B+

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This is a movie that knows and deeply loves its audience, but it's funny, smart and good-natured enough to please the rest of us, too.
Critic Score: 3/4

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

After years of buildup, it's a reward to patient audiences who've been waiting for this team-up for years.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Stephen Whitty
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Whedon's investment in building this world is so complete that it captures the audience, as well.
Critic Score: 4.5/5

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Even those who don't know a Marvel hero from a DC caped crusader will find themselves having a grand time. That's because Whedon manages to tap the inner fanboy and fangirl dormant in us all.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2012 Full Review
Randy Myers
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

All hail Joss Whedon, the warrior king of this dizzying, dazzling 3D action epic. The Avengers is Transformers with a brain, a heart and a working sense of humor.
Critic Score: 3.5/4

April 30, 2012 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This mega-entertaining "Avengers" film is something comic fans have dreamed of since Marvel debuted the title almost 50 years ago.
Critic Score: 5/5

April 30, 2012 Full Review
Joe Neumaier
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.

April 30, 2012 Full Review
David Edelstein
David Edelstein
New York Magazine

The movie guarantees fast-paced fun without forcing anyone to think about what it all means, which is nothing.

April 25, 2012 Full Review
Richard Corliss
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon's buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order.

April 20, 2012 Full Review
Justin Chang
Justin Chang
Variety

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