Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) © 2014 Marvel

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is spread throughout with a realism you don’t tend to see in comic-book movies and as a result, in the view of many, this Captain America sequel revives the flagging superhero genre.

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up after the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, and finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington, DC, and trying to adjust to the modern world.

It opened in Cinemas last week and has done some amazing business at the box office. Here’s a selection of what the critics said about the movie.

New York Times Captain America: The Winter Soldier review by Manhola Dargis

[quote_box_center]The directors make their presence felt largely in the first half when they’re emphasizing Steve’s humanity, whether he’s in costume or not. That’s partly the point of his introductory race around the reflecting pool: He runs like the wind, but he also makes you laugh.

This emphasis on the human also spills over into some exciting, smartly staged and shot action sequences, including choreographed fights in which the entire bodies of the performers remain visible in the frame and aren’t dissected by the camera and editing.

The sequel suffers from some routine blockbuster sins, including an excess of plot.[/quote_box_center]

Rating:  From our reading of the review

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LA Times Captain America: The Winter Soldier review by Kenneth Turan

[quote_box_center]It’s a frightening disease, one that can strike suddenly, without a whisper of warning. Even worse, there is no known cure. I know because I’m a victim. Hello, my name is Ken, and I’m suffering from Marvel fatigue.

Unfortunately, much of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” story of threats and countermeasures is by the book. Lots of name actors do their best, including the returning Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and newcomers Robert Redford and Anthony Mackie, but the spark of originality has left the building.[/quote_box_center]

Rating:  From our reading of the review

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The Guardian Captain America: The Winter Soldier review by Steve Rose

[quote_box_center]To many, the end of the last Thor movie felt like the beginning of terminal superhero fatigue. Certainly my own enthusiasm was low for another two hours-plus of complicated nonsense, building up to a wearying effects-splurge climax in which no one important dies. Especially with Captain America, the most white-bread Avenger in the pack.

The real excitement of the movie is seeing just how far they’ll take their political parallels – which is pretty much all the way to a grand conspiracy theory linking current US foreign policy with Nazi totalitarianism.[/quote_box_center]


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Entertainment Weekly Captain America: The Winter Soldier review by Owen Gleiberman

[quote_box_center]The creators of Captain America: The Winter ­Soldier have brought off something fresh and bold: They have taken Captain America (Chris Evans), the engagingly square strongman from the flag-waving ’40s, and planted him in the black-ops cynicism of the present day, where the ­villain isn’t some over-the-top mastermind but, in fact, the very military-industrial complex he’s out to defend.

Chris Evans once again makes our hero a compellingly pensive, furrowed-browed demigod. He moves very fast, like a Bruce Lee of bionically enhanced aggression, but Evans lets us see how the forces Captain America is up against are weighing him down.[/quote_box_center]


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Colin Davies

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