The first reviews for Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” are in and with forty reviews counted, the film is sitting at 39% and a 5.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Over on Metacritic, 17 reviews are in with a 48/100. The scale and spectacle has been applauded, and everyone seems to like Wonder Woman, but the script has been an issue and there’s difference of opinion over Batman and Luthor. Here’s a few examples:
“As a pure visual spectacle, however, Batman v Superman ably blows the hinges off the multiplex doors, and editor David Brenner does excellent work to comprehensibly streamline the chaos, capably captured by d.p. Larry Fong….” Andrew Barker, Variety
“The villain here, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, is so intensely annoying that, very early on, you wish Batman and Superman would just patch up their differences and join forces to put the squirrelly rascal out of his, and our, misery…” Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a good movie. It offers a truly unengaging Batman and then allows that character to dominate the proceedings while providing a painfully mopey and grim Superman-and-Friends narrative where the only ray of light comes from its homicidal arch-villain. The action scenes get better as they go along, but they aren’t as clean as comprehensible as Man of Steel’s daylight smack downs…” Scott Mendelson, Forbes
“Dawn of Justice is big, all right. The brawls are busy and brutal, the story is sprawling in scope, the effects are an embarrassment of pixels, and the performances (well, some of them, at least) couldn’t be broader. If it’s just size you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. But at this point in Hollywood’s superhero cycle, is that really enough…” Chris Nashawaty, EW
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice defies the odds and delivers a terrific entree to the DC Movie Universe and the emergence of the Justice League. While it’s still a case of searching for Superman, a fully realised Batman and Wonder Woman are there to hold Clark’s hand…” Blake Howard, Graffiti with Punctuation
“Treatment of Wonder Woman’s character is symptomatic of Batman v Superman’s most galling problem: Snyder’s propensity to under-develop key ideas and characters while working in a space that could barely afford him more time (the movie clocks in at over two-and-a-half hours)…” Luke Buckmaster, The Daily Review
“While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has good things to recommend it, its shortcomings are undeniable. The action sequences whenever Batman is set loose on the bad guys are cool, and the story strives to explore human and philosophical elements, but it’s often not much fun…” Jim Vejvoda, IGN
“No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose. It grumbles along for what feels like forever, jumping from subplot to subplot, until two shatteringly expensive-looking fights happen back to back, and the whole thing crunches to a halt…” Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
“‘Batman v Superman,’ as heavy and humourless as a Supreme Court decision, is an 18-wheeler of a movie lumbering through a fallen world. It hurtles not with the kinetic momentum of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ nor the comparatively spry skip of a Marvel movie, but with an operatic grandeur it sometimes earns and often doesn’t….” Jake Coyle, Associated Press
“There are moments that make the whole enterprise worthwhile, and introduces an intriguing new Batman. But it’s also cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn’t have gone amiss, either…” Nick De Semlyen, Empire
My own review can be read here. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens this Friday.