The Avengers is not only a superhero movie for the ages, it is a pretty fantastic stand-alone film, regardless of the genre.
So states our pals at Movie Fanatic, whose Avengers review is just one of a number of enthusiastic critiques across the board for this Marvel-based ensemble blockbuster.
The film has already raked in hundreds of millions around the globe and is likely to break some major records in the U.S. this weekend.
What, exactly, are critics saying about the teaming up of Iron Man, Captain America and company? Consider these excerpts from the most glowing reviews:
It's two-plus hours of visual brawn, unexpected heartbeats and welcome humor. - The Denver Post
Comic geeks can collectively sigh with deep relief: Joss Whedon has taken their beloved Avengers and given them back a well-directed, action-packed, brilliantly written film. - Movie City News
A superpowered crowd-pleaser, Marvel's The Avengers wows its way into comics-to-film history as one of the greatest popcorn flicks of its era. - TV Guide
What makes this anticipated film so absorbing is how the heroes' internal battles are often more pronounced than their external ones. And when these troubled people interact, it's electric. - Kansas City Star
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