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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Rotten Tomatoes may be holding off on the actual rating for the film, but reviews for Justice League are officially up. And the consensus seems to be mixed to negative on a lot of fronts, which is pretty interesting. If you’ll recall, last week, a lot of outlets had seen the film, and their responses on social media responses skewed more towards the positive.

However, with the review embargo now up, it looks like reviews are almost anything but, with more neutral to positive reviews numbering in the minority (including my own review, directly below).

Here is a round-up of a bunch of reviews from across the web!

LRM – Joseph Jammer Medina

“All in all, I’d say Justice League will likely be seen as a big improvement to the previous Zack Snyder entries. It really allows you to sink your teeth into the characters more than ever before, and makes you want to see what the future holds for them. Though this did come at a cost.

At the end of the day, it does ultimately make for a more disposable film. I had a great time, don’t get me wrong, but even as I write this, I’m finding my memory of the film slowly fading away. Perhaps for better or worse, I don’t think conversations surrounding this movie will continue on for years as they have with previous entries. But perhaps this is the turn we all needed in order to get the more meaningful films down the road.”

New York Times – Manohla Dargis

Justice League, the newest DC Comics superhero jam directed by Zack Snyder, is looser, goosier and certainly more watchable than the last one. The bar could scarcely have been lower given that the previous movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was such an interminable slog. The superhero and villain dynamic is much the same (slayers going to slay, etc.), but there are a few fresh faces now and Wonder Woman has more to do than play backup. The story is a confusion of noise, visual clutter and murderous digital gnats, but every so often a glimmer of life flickers through.”

Vanity Fair – Richard Lawson

Justice League, I must say that no, the lighting is not good. The script is not interesting. The costumes are not fun. The film is, plainly stated, terrible, and I’m sorry that everyone wasted their time and money making it—and that people are being asked to waste their time and money seeing it. I hate to be so blunt, but it simply must be said this time.”

Time – Stephanie Zacharek

“The movie is a jumbo-sized blur — not terrible, just underwhelming even amid its desperation to impress us — but that’s probably neither Snyder’s fault nor Whedon’s. Each superhero’s personality emerges distinctly, as if accompanied by a checkmark: Affleck’s Batman stomps around looking suitably morose and pissed off. Momoa’s Aquaman is just a bundle of wounded male pride, with stupendous pectorals. (Actually, stupendous pectorals seem to be a prerequisite for all the full-grown Justice League dudes.) There’s lots of action, elaborately staged in that now business-as-usual CGI way: You won’t go home hungry to see superheroes flying around boldly before being flung to Earth, smote by Steppenwolf’s fists of fury. In fact, you will have seen enough of that to last you a dozen lifetimes.”

CinemaBlend – Conner Schwerdtfeger

“In the face of Justice League‘s narrative faults, the heroes pick up the slack and carry it across the finish line. Pretty much everyone is solid across the board. Gal Gadot continues to bring a regalness and wisdom to Wonder Woman that’s impossible not to fall in love with; while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa both bring fun energies to the ensemble as Flash and Aquaman, respectively — Miller being full-on awkward and nerdy, Momoa being cocky and boisterous. Ray Fisher similarly turns in a good performance as Cyborg, although (by his very nature) his constant state of evolution makes him somewhat less defined. Then there’s Ben Affleck, who finally gets a chance to deliver a Batman that feels ripped straight from the pages of DC Comics. Fans and DC insiders alike have talked about Affleck’s questionable return to Batman after Justice League, however, if he goes out on this performance, it would be going out on a high note.”

Collider – Matt Goldberg

“So Justice League leaves you hoping for next time. Did you like the brief trip to Atlantis? Wait until you see Aquaman. Did you like Wonder Woman taking on a leadership role? Wonder Woman 2 arrives November 2019. Did you laugh at all of Flash’s lines? Well there might be a Flashpoint movie down the road. Next time we’ll get it right. Next time we’ll be hopeful enough. Next time you’ll care about the villain. Next time you’ll get a Justice League that will really knock your socks off, but thanks acknowledging that at least this one isn’t as bad as Batman v Superman. The only thing that ‘saves’ Justice League is a low bar and more promises.”

Birth Movies Death – Jacob Knight

“What we really sign up for is watching these heroes bounce off of one another as they find their way, and Whedon’s influence ensures that this new iteration of Justice League leans into that element without any sembelance of apologetics. So, while the DCEU may have felt like a pale imitation up until this point, they’ve finally manufactured a product that actually tastes pretty good, even if still feels like a copy overall.”


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  • Victor Roa

    mmmmmm, not the worst, some faint praises like a Summer film that Critics tolerate. Normally you get the “Steals the show.” not seeing that but better than BvS is a LOW LOW LOW LOW Bar, it’s like saying Transformers films are better.

  • ElClownPrinceDeTrolls
  • Nay sayer!

    Here’s my review. Whedon made it worse. His isms reek all over this.

    • TheOct8pus

      From Vanity Fair: “Whedon’s humor is grafted on in too-obvious ways; it sticks out incongruously amid all the stilted mechanics of this alarmingly basic movie. All these Whedonisms have the opposite of the intended effect. They give off a strenuous hum, the desperate sound of a turd polished in vain.”

      • Nay sayer!

        There you go

  • DerekNola

    I just feel bad for Wonder Woman

    • AmiRami

      As do I. Gadot’s WW deserves so much better than this.

  • Jon Santino

    watched the movie. 3/10

  • Kratos

    wow, the full vanity fair review is brutal.

    • TheOct8pus

      My favorite line from the Vanity Fair review: “All these Whedonisms have the opposite of the intended effect. They give off a strenuous hum, the desperate sound of a turd polished in vain.”

  • Saranac

    One day I’ll be home sick and will binge the DC catalogue of films in this universe….I will see them on Netflix (I’ll be paying 20 a month – it is the future) and will most likely fall asleep through them. The only thing that will keep me awake is making sure I don’t mistake a jar of pee for a jar of tea…..

    And no, didn’t see the movie – just honest trailers….

  • Kronx

    There’s so much baggage behind the film, Snyder and the DCU in general, that it’s hard to judge how much of a review is impartial and how much is someone enjoying an opportunity to pile on.

  • J-man The Great

    Zack Snyder is the Michael Bay of CBMs…all style with zero substance. The trailers looked like rubbish so I’m not sure how anyone actually thought this movie would be good.

  • Danny B

    Just watched the movie as it was released here in Dubai today. It was actually fun – Just the right amount of humor to make it enjoyable and allow some relief from the action and the ‘darkness’.
    The interaction between the heroes was great, including when ‘you know who’ shows up. There are some plot points that don’t quite add up but in the grand scheme of things they don’t really effect the overall film.
    No spoilers here but one of the highlights for me was the head butting competition 😉 and the worst part for me is/was the CGI on Steppenwolf, it’s not Mummy Returns Scorpion King bad but i do feel it could have been better.
    I’ll be happy to watch it again and give it a B+
    The mid credits scene is worth it and the end credits scene will divide you guys like BvsS does….;-)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.