After months of hype and more than a few awkward interviews, Avengers: Age of Ultron will finally hit theaters tomorrow (or at midnight tonight, for all you ultra-nerds).
Each of the Avengers Age of Ultron trailers that we've seen so far has given us a glimpse (or a Vision, if you'll pardon the pun) of what to expect from the film, but it was just this week that hundreds of critics from across the country got to see the film in its entirety for the first time, and their responses are every bit as mixed as the title crew of heroes:
"It’s disappointing, because there’s a story in there that’s compelling, even as it’s being smothered by tie-ins, teasers for future episodes, and thousands of interchangeable CGI bad guys getting exploded, just to make sure the fanboys never get too bored." - Vince Mancini, Film Drunk
"The climactic act of "Age of Ultron" is full of colossal ka-booms and special effects, but it also has heft and reason and a bass-note of emotion." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like the worst superhero movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron often feels like not-very-bright kids playing with action toys, holding them up by the ankles and making them fight or kiss or feud at whim and at length." - James Rocchi, About.com
"A middling film, yet it's so heavy with Joss Whedon's sweat that it never feels like a lazy cash-in --- which for a preordained summer megahit is an accomplishment." - Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly
So there you have it. If you're a die-hard Marvel fan, the film is probably worth your $10.50. Otherwise, you might be better just watching the Sesame Street Avengers parody again. Captain Ameri-cauliflower! Where do they come up with this stuff?!