First “Doctor Strange” Reactions Are In

The first press screening of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” took place last night in Los Angeles and New York City. Full reviews won’t be out until the weekend, but some spoiler-free reactions by the various film writers in attendance have gone up on Twitter.

Consistent comments suggest it’s not Marvel’s best or even top five, but is an entertaining ride nonetheless. The psychedelic visuals, inventive action sequences and Michael Giacchino’s score are all singled out for praise, while the humor doesn’t appear to work so well and the story is overly familiar. Check out the reactions below:

David Ehrlich: “‘Doctor Strange’ is guilty of *all* the usual Marvel movie problems, but Tilda & some VERY trippy visuals make it a spectacle worth savoring. Also it is something i never thought i’d see: a Marvel movie with a good original score. What a time to be alive.”

Erik Davis: Marvel’s strangest movie to date, but it’s weird & wild in all the best ways. Incredible imagery, heady story. The action sequences in #DoctorStrange are unlike anything Marvel’s done. There are so ferociously loopy, frenetic & nerdy, I adore them. If #DoctorStrange has a weak spot, it’s with its humor. Doesn’t mesh as well as it does in other Marvel movies.

Eric Eisenberg: “Prepare to dig #DoctorStrange! Not the strongest script, but it legitimately adds new colors to the MCU, and the action is beautiful & crazy.”

Eric Goldman: “#DoctorStrange isn’t one of Marvel’s very best, but it is still a very entertaining and visually dazzling movie with plenty of highlights. Now that #DoctorStrange got the origin story out of the way, I am excited to see him as part of the MCU and how he opens it up even more.”

Mike Ryan: “I liked ‘Doctor Strange’. The most self-contained Marvel movie in a long time. Fun visuals. Almost felt like a reboot of the first “Iron Man” in that it feels obvious that a–hole yet charming Stephen Strange is here to eventually take the place of a–hole yet charming Tony Stark. Strange and Stark are almost the same character. Makes sense now they’d hire big star Cumberbatch to phase in while Downey phases out. I hope someday he learns to just be Doctor Normal.”

Alex Welch: “#DoctorStrange has some of the best action sequences in any Marvel movie EVER. There are some problems with the humor and the pacing of the story itself. #DoctorStrange Benedict Cumberbatch IS #DoctorStrange though. His performance anchors the whole movie. Not Top 5 Marvel, but still good. And it teases some very exciting things for the future of the MCU. #DoctorStrange Also, Michael Giacchino’s #DoctorStrange music is Marvel’s best score to date.”

Mike Dougherty: “I think I’m officially allowed to say this now without upsetting the mighty studio embargo overlords: DOCTOR STRANGE is really good! Intricate, beautiful visual design – the details sing. All the sorcery rules are a bit silly of course, but a total hoot if you go with it.”

William Bibbian: “I wouldn’t put #DoctorStrange in Marvel’s top five but it’s an entertaining movie with big ideas, gorgeous CGI and unique action sequences.”

Christina Radish: “Had a damn good time with #DoctorStrange! It’s a fun, funny, inventive movie with one of the best ensemble casts I’ve seen in a long time.”