‘Justice League’ Review Round-Up: Here’s What Critics Are Saying
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Ladies and gentleman, the day has finally come. Justice League has become of the most talked about and anticipated films in recent memory. For some, it is the continuation of an already great DC film franchise, the DCEU. For others, it is the film that they hope saves a divisive film series. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction but does Justice League continue moving forward? Reviews are finally out so what did critics think of Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Well, it’s a mixed-to-positive response.
Most critics note that the film is uneven and flawed but it doesn’t change the fact that is still a massive improvement over previous DCEU films. Check out what critics are saying below!
Owen Gleiberman from 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. If fans get excited about it, that may mostly be because they’re excited about getting excited. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.
Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair:
Perhaps the Justice League franchise really has been rotten from the start, experiencing not evolution but entropy, with Wonder Woman standing as an anomalous glimmer of false hope. I could be projecting, but boy does poor Gal Gadot look so sad in Justice League, watching this lumbering and witless movie lay waste to the nice thing she just got finished making. It really is a shame. What a dumb irony, to end this movie, of all movies, on a note of bitter injustice like that.
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly:
Still, there are things to like in Justice League. The chemistry between the old and new cast members being the main one, thanks to Whedon and co-writer Chris Terrio. And the handful of call-back cameos from Amy Adams’ Lois Lane, Diane Lane’s Martha Kent, and Connie Nielsen’s Queen Hippolyta are all welcome without overstaying that welcome (the same goes for newcomers like J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon). It’s obvious to anyone watching Justice League next to the other DC films that the studio brass handed down a mandate to lighten the mood and make things funnier and more Marvel-y. And, to an extent, Justice League accomplishes that. But it also feels like so much attention was paid to the smaller, fizzier character moments that the bigger picture of the film’s overarching plot was a second or third priority. Some day, hopefully soon, DC will get the recipe right again and duplicate Wonder Woman’s storytelling magic. But today isn’t that day, and Justice League unfortunately isn’t that film
Don Kaye from Den of Geek:
This gives us something to look ahead to, if DC can maintain a cohesive vision and not just throw titles against the wall in the hope of creating evanescent excitement among the fan base. 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.
Mark Hughes from Forbes:
In short, everyone will have enough reason to be happy to make Justice League a respectable follow-up to Wonder Woman as a DCEU movie that fans of all stripes can rally behind. Meanwhile, critics who insisted Warner and DC Films needed to heed the warnings and complaints demanding a change of course to appeal to a wider set of tastes and tell more concise stories will appreciate seeing a film that was not only reworked to do just that, but manages to overcome a lot of obstacles to actually work pretty well and prove that — regardless of my own love of Batman v Superman — the complaints and suggestions ultimately resulted in a film far more fans and mainstream audiences can fully appreciate.
Alonso Duralde from The Wrap:
If “Wonder Woman” provided a glimmer of hope that DC Comics movies might start looking, moving and sounding differently than before, “Justice League” plops us right back into “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” territory, albeit with a little more wit and humanity. But if you like your superhero battles in deep dark tunnels or under skies purple with alien soot, director Zack Snyder is back with yet another installment that looks the way Axe body spray smells.
Nate Brail from Heroic Hollywood:
Justice League is the DC team-up you’ve been waiting for. I had so much fun from beginning to end. The expansion of DC mythology will make fans go nuts. Superman’s return will make you really happy. Justice League does have its flaws, but the fun negated most of that for me. The cast was amazing. Favorite characters were Flash and Aquaman. The final post-credits scene will make you scream!
Conner Schwerdtfeger from Cinemablend:
Justice League is rough, uneven, and downright ugly at times, but stripping away those serious flaws reveals a near-perfect take on heroic icons, a step forward for the DCEU, and a promise of greatness to come. Even with its imperfections, it’s a damn good time that captures the spirit of the mythos, demonstrating that DC has finally found its footing. We cannot wait to see where all of the seeds planted in Justice League go from here.
Brandon Davis from Comicbook:
Justice League is the real deal. It’s an epic ensemble of super heroes. It’s the most fun you’ll have with Batman and his super friends, until their next adventure together, and marks the beginning of a brand new era of super heroes on the DC side of the spectrum.
So, what do you think? Are you going to see Justice League this weekend? Let us know in the comments and on social media!
Justice League hits theatres on November 16, 2017.