‘Justice League’ Review Round-Up: Are Critics On Board With This One?

Justice League Review Round-UpJustice League has already screened for critics and a select few audiences and the embargo has dropped all around. We’re still waiting for the anticipated Rotten Tomatoes score to be revealed , but for now we can see what some of the major reviewers are saying.

Let’s start with some positive ones, as there are a few negatives in there. General consensus seems to be that Justice League is certainly not perfect and definitely has problems, but is incredibly fun and entertaining, and might be a big leap forward for the DC Extended Universe.

Here are some reviews:

Kevin McCarthy, FOX5 DC

“Bottom line: Justice League is awesome! Zack Snyder’s film is filled with so many moments that had me geeking out and crying nerd tears. When an action scene/hero moment hits, the film is firing on all cylinders. Still love Affleck’s Batman. My fav Batman actor since Keaton.”

Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“In superhero movies, sheer lively deliver-the-goods competence can be a quality you’re grateful for — or one that seems awesomely innocuous. In Justice League, it’s a little of both. The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less.”

Mark Hughes, Forbes

“Justice League is like a two-hour live-action superhero cartoon made for kids as well as adults. It’s a reminder that we all fell in love with these characters when we were kids, thrilled by their comic book exploits and their cartoon incarnations, eager to see them come fully to life some day on the big screen. That day has finally come, and Justice League is sending a message loud and clear that DC is happy to welcome all fan aboard.”

Don Kaye, Den of Geek

“Justice League may not leave us feeling like all is now well within the DC film universe (which it decidedly is not, given the murky status of so many projects, including the next Batman and Superman outings), but combined with Wonder Woman, it shores up that universe’s underpinnings and provides a place from which the team and its members can move forward. That, for now, may be an achievement in itself.”

Unfortunately, there are a few negative responses out there. It will make the Rotten Tomatoes score harder and harder to predict, but they are what they are: opinions. Here they are:

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“The increasingly turgid tales of Batman and Superman — joined, unfortunately for her, by Wonder Woman — trudge along to ever-diminishing returns in Justice League. Garishly unattractive to look at and lacking the spirit that made Wonder Woman, which came out five months ago, the most engaging of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-derived extravaganzas to date, this hodgepodge throws a bunch of superheroes into a mix that neither congeals nor particularly makes you want to see more of them in future.”

Geoffrey Mcnab, The Independent

“I am working with children,” Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) sighs in mock exasperation toward the end of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. She has a point. This is surely the most infantile of recent superhero yarns – a film that squanders the talents of an impressive ensemble cast and eschews any meaningful characterisation in favour of ever more overblown special effects.”

Wenlei Ma, News.com.au

“Separately, many parts of Justice League could’ve worked. Together, they don’t. It’s tonally all over the place and that stuffy third act problem that plagues so many superhero movies bleeds into the rest of the film.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“In the end, though, there is something ponderous and cumbersome about Justice League; the great revelation is very laborious and solemn and the tiresome post-credits sting is a microcosm of the film’s disappointment. Some rough justice is needed with the casting of this franchise.”

The responses really are mixed at best. It seems that some love it while others hate it. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) seems to be getting the most amount of praise, but we will just have to see how all these reviews and many more add up when the Rotten Tomatoes score is revealed.

What do you think about these reviews? Sound off in the comments below!

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, with Ciarán Hinds, and J.K. Simmons. Here’s the official synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is in cinemas November 17.

5 Things That ‘Justice League’ Needs To Deliver On

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Justice League Need To DeliverOver the last few years, Warner Bros. and DC have surprised and entertained audiences with their big screen adaptations of their iconic heroes, starting with Man of Steel in 2013. They have set a path for these films, which has led to something big on the horizon. Justice League is set to hit theaters this November and it’s going to be massive. This is the culmination of all the DC Extended Universe films coming together for the first time and there is a lot riding on this project.

Justice League is going to be a thrilling event for sure and there are many things that need to be done right so that both comic fans and general audiences can equally enjoy and embrace this film. There are several things that Warner Bros. and DC have to deliver on when this film is released and it’s a perfect time to discuss which of these elements need to be shown the most.

Here are 5 things Justice League needs to deliver on. Click Next to get started!

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  • Justice League is an abomination, plain and simple. Not even Whedon can shore up a film that is designed for viewers to essentially hate or have no connection with its heroes.

    • GP

      ok

    • Alejandro Gonzalez

      You saw it already?

      • Saw it Monday night.

        • Alejandro Gonzalez

          ok. Its your opinion. I hope to be able to enjoy it.

  • It’s trendy for Marvel fanboys to hate on DC. No amount of sense (even coming from Kevin Feige) will change that.

    • Axxell

      I’m still trying to figure out how your comment relates to the subject…

      • Reading helps.

        • Axxell

          Doesn’t look like it helped you…

          • Try it on words.

          • Axxell

            That’s how I knew your post doesn’t connect to what we’re talking about.

          • Try books.

          • Axxell

            Trust me…No book is gonna bridge that gulf…

          • Don’t be so hard on yourself.

          • Axxell

            Is that how you convinced yourself to blame other people for your problems?

  • Paul Grossenbacher

    im still seeing it screw the haters. i hear aquaman and flash steal this thing so thats fine by me.

  • Dan

    The desperate DC bias/PR campaign by El Mayimbe is embarrassing– he knows the movie’s not very good and is trying his best to hide it. We all love Batman, we all love the JL animated series… but putting Snyder in charge of these characters doomed them from the start. It’s genuinely sad to be unexcited about such an ugly-looking movie starring my all-time favorite characters.

    I hate to say it, but I’m genuinely looking forward to a completely rebooted DCEU. Keep Wonder Woman, lose almost everything else.

    Also, Umberto, stop playing, dude. You can love Batman/JL and still be honest/critical about how they’ve been translated onscreen…

    • Alejandro Gonzalez

      Ok, you dont like Snyder, point taken.
      Did you see the movie already?

      • Dan

        Like most people, I judge movies off a combination of trailers and then reviews — both of which are not inspiring confidence. I’m not saying there won’t be moments of value in it, but even the act of KILLING Superman in BvS makes this look and feel unlike the classic Justice League I’ve known and loved. Superman is the leader, Batman the lone wolf who doesn’t play well with others but slowly warms to the team, etc, etc. WB & Snyder’s lack of love for Superman 86’d that baseline structure already… and the look of the film is just bad.

        I hope people have fun, but this should have been the Holy Grail, not a prologue/reset to get the disastrous DCEU back on track :/

        • Alejandro Gonzalez

          Well, i judge a movie after seeing it.
          I understand why Superman was killed in BvS, Doomsday. The first time Doomsday was presented in the comics, Superman dies fighting that character. The movie tried to follow the same path. My only problem….that death should have happened after a 2nd Superman movie. He died too soon in this DC Movie universe.
          I always see and read Batman as being the commander (strategic leader) of the Justice League. Superman is the heart and strongest member.
          I hope to enjoy the movie when i see it this weekend.
          I do understand your point of view.

          • Dan

            We may have just had the sanest DCEU debate on the Internet. Congrats to us!