Avengers: Age of Ultron releases here in the UK tomorrow and I can't wait! But what are the critics saying? Most reviews have been very positive, but a few critics are saying that it doesn't quite live up to the first from 2012. Here's a rundown of some of the reviews in so far. “The powers of Marvel's all-star superheroes go a bit wobbly in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Faced with the daunting prospect of topping the surprise and excitement of 2012's The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film of all time, writer-director Joss Whedon mixes some brooding down-time in with the abundant spectacle,” wrote Todd McCarthy for The Hollywood Reporter.
“Having gotten over the hump of assembling his six main characters in 2012’s “The Avengers,” returning writer-director Joss Whedon brings a looser, more inventive and stylish touch to this skillful follow-up,” Scott Foundas for Variety.
"Once the faceless alien hordes descend to earth it's even harder to feel involved, or to know precisely what's at stake: the way Manhattan gets tossed about like a salad makes you wonder if any part of it will be worth saving. Of course it's about one hundred times brighter than Transformers and Michael Bay's imbecilic spinoffs, and should keep multiplexes everywhere in its competent grip. But I didn't love it." Anthony Quinn for The Independent
“When Age of Ultron begins, with a big, “they’re back!” fight scene, it’s just, well, the same old gang again, having to work that much harder to surprise us,” Richard Lawson for Vanity Fair.
"The special effects are impressive but not especially imaginative, and the film is unduly protracted. The superheroes and supervillain Loki get all the jokes, which pop out of their heads like bubbles in a comic strip. This leaves Stellan Skarsgård, the inventor of the Cosmic Cube and Samuel L Jackson, head of the international peacekeeping agency Shield, to do solemn and serious, which they deliver in a suitably straight-faced manner. Karl Marx could have been anticipating 9/11 and this movie when he said that history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce." Philip French for The Guardian
“Bigger and, yes, darker than the first, this is less air-punchingly gleeful but probably more consistent. Thanks to Whedon and the most charismatic, compelling cast you’ll find anywhere, Age of Ultron redefines the scale we can expect from our superhero epics but still fits human-sized emotion amid the bombast,” Helen O’Hara for Empire Magazine.
“‘Age of Ultron’ has a definite mid-season feel to it, telling a compelling but never game-changing story while laying the foundations for the epic, two-part ‘Infinity War’ due in 2018,” Tom Huddleston for Time Out.