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Doctor Strange: Critics’ Review

Doctor Strange hit theatres on November 4, Friday. Like other Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it also hit the film world. Actors like, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stunhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, Scott Adkins, Tilda Swinton, increased the vividness of the pictures.

Scott Derrickson can claim some of credit, as without his direction may be the movie won’t become like this. This 115 min movie is mingle of action, adventure, science fiction and fantasy.

Brilliant neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange met a tragic accident. After the accident, he come to know the secrets of a hidden world, which is full of mysticism and based on alternate dimensions. He must put ego aside and act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond. He has to do it in the New York City’s Greenwich Village, where he has to use a huge array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protectthe Marvel Cinematic Universe.

All the critics’ review on the movie are already out.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Calvin Wilson                                                         Nov 3, 2016

Doctor Strange doesn’t always make sense — but so what? It’s a mind-blowing special-effects extravaganza, and the most exciting comic-book flick since “Deadpool.”


Movie Nation – Roger Moore                                                                             Nov 4, 2016

Doctor Strange doesn’t break formula, and no, they will never ever be able to surprise us with his origin story again. It’s still head, shoulders and cloak above so much of what’s being churned out the seemingly bottomless vaults of Marvel and DC Comics.


Rolling Stone – Peter Travers                                                                              Nov 3, 2016

What Robert Downey, Jr. is to “Iron Man” and Ryan Reynolds is to “Deadpool” – that’s what Benedict Cumberbatch is to Doctor Strange. By that I mean, he’s everything.


Charlotte Observer – Lawrence Toppman                                                            Nov 3, 2016

You know you’re in a top-drawer Marvel Comics adaptation when even the Stan Lee cameo is clever.


TheWrap – Alonso Duralde                                                                             Oct 23, 2016

The action climaxes with a truly impressive finale, one that employs time going in multiple directions that’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in a movie before. The effects shots here aren’t just visually impressive; they actually let the narrative go to places it couldn’t without this level of, you’ll pardon the expression, wizardry.


MTV News – Amy Nicholson                                                                           Nov 3, 2016

For the first time, a Marvel movie draws that pencil line from dream to screen. Where the earlier films felt hard and shiny and steel-colored — the look of bashing action figures on a sidewalk — Strange is ink-smudged and obsessive. It’s defiantly old-school — not the cozy, apple-scented nostalgia of the first Captain America film, but that cold, back-of-the-library whiff of eraser nubs and mold.


Tampa Bay Times – Steve Persall                                                                     Nov 2, 2016

A nice balance of solemn myth making and genre irreverence lifts Doctor Strange to Marvel’s first tier of movie franchises.


Consequence of Sound – Allison Shoemaker                                                     Nov 2, 2016

Doctor Strange lacks the bloat that’s made other recent, blockbusting superhero films fall flat. It doesn’t lean too hard on the considerable talents of its stars, nor does it waste their talents. It keeps a brisk pace, but doesn’t rush. It gets weird, but not too weird. And if all else fails, it’ll make your jaw drop from time to time.


Entertainment Weekly – Chris Nashawaty                                                       Oct 24, 2016

Doctor Strange is thrilling in the way a lot of other Marvel movies are. But what makes it unique is that it’s also heady in a way most Marvel movies don’t dare to be. It’s eye candy and brain candy.


New York Magazine (Vulture) – David Edelstein                                             Nov 3, 2016

This is a rare case in which Marvel has freed a director’s imagination instead of straitjacketing it.


Los Angeles Times – Justin Chang                                                                     Nov 3, 2016

One of the pleasures of Doctor Strange is the way it both wholly embraces and gently mocks the unapologetic geekiness of the enterprise.


Slate – Jacob Brogan                                                                                           Nov 3, 2016

Ultimately, though, it’s Doctor Strange’s return to its protagonist’s long lost psychotherapeutic roots that works best.


The New York Times – Manohla Dargis                                                           Nov 3, 2016

The space-and-time warping and mirrored realities in Doctor Strange are a blast. They’re inventive enough that they awaken wonder, provoking that delicious question: How did they do that?


CineVue – Ben Nicholson                                                                                   Oct 25, 2016

While it hardly pushes the envelope in terms of developing Marvel’s homogenous narrative conveyor-belt, it does do so in other areas, suggesting that the MCU can see beyond the confines of its first two phases.


Empire – James Dyer                                                                                       Oct 24, 2016

A bizarre and beautiful detour on the Marvel journey, which culminates in a mind-bending, expectation-inverting final act. Not to be watched under the influence.


The Telegraph – Tim Robey                                                                               Oct 24, 2016

Perhaps the strangest aspect of Doctor Strange, within the lockstep rubric of these things, is how non-Marvelly it manages to feel.


Total Film – James Mottram                                                                             Oct 24, 2016

Cumberbatch fits Doctor Strange like a pair of snap-tight surgical gloves, in yet another MCU triumph. Beautifully designed, brilliantly executed.


The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw                                                                       Oct 24, 2016

It’s a tremendously engaging and likeable superhero ride, in which the classiest of casts show they know exactly where to take it seriously – and where to inject the fun.


The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy                                                     Oct 23, 2016

To his credit, director Scott Derrickson…navigates through the different zones with a fair degree of actual coherence, and delivers the entire package with evident ease and some flair.


Variety – Peter Debruge                                                                                  Oct 23, 2016

Yes, this new project shares the same look, feel, and fancy corporate sheen as the rest of Marvel’s rapidly expanding Avengers portfolio, but it also boasts an underlying originality and freshness missing from the increasingly cookie-cutter comic-book realm of late.


Austin Chronicle – Marc Savlov                                                                           Nov 2, 2016

A tight, compact, and visually sumptuous origin story that revels in the surrealistic vision of Doctor Strange’s legendary creator and artist Steve Ditko.


ReelViews – James Berardinelli                                                                         Nov 3, 2016

Although the comic book tropes are all in place, the acting, tone, and visual effects keep them from becoming tedious. This is yet another solid building block in the foundation to Marvel’s ever-expanding superhero fortress.


The Seattle Times – Soren Andersen                                                                    Nov 3, 2016

Director/co-screenwriter Scott Derrickson generally keeps the massive enterprise moving smoothly along. The trip’s the trip here, and it’s well worth taking.


New York Post – Sara Stewart                                                                             Nov 3, 2016

With a mischievous, metaphysical flourish, Doctor Strange administers some much-needed CPR to the flagging superhero genre. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel — a power-hungry villain (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to unleash hell on Earth, blah blah blah — but it’s a heck of a lot more fun than I’ve had at a Marvel movie lately.


Boston Globe – Tom Russo                                                                                  Nov 3, 2016

The upshot: The movie develops a distinctively trippy identity.


We Got This Covered – Matt Donato                                                                 Nov 2, 2016

Doctor Strange is the psychedelic kung-fu spectacle that Marvel hoped director Scott Derrickson would deliver, but it’s got a strange problem – the doctor himself.


New York Daily News – Stephen Whitty                                                         Oct 31, 2016

It’s fun to have new version of an old Marvel favorite, and a storyline which adds some genuine mysticism to this ever-expanding franchise. But “Strange” is too often only odd when it needs to be truly magical, and Hollywood-safe when it needs to be brave.


New York Observer – Rex Reed                                                                        Nov 2, 2016

People who ask nothing more for their money than a lot of nerve-scrambling computerized special effects might get through Doctor Strange, another in a long line of lengthy, stupid and unbearable Marvel Studios comic books on film, with minimal brain damage.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) – Barry Hertz                                                     Nov 3, 2016

If that wasn’t enough, there is something even more dispiriting about Doctor Strange beyond its halfhearted visual and narrative ambitions – an issue that made a brief blip on the cultural radar when the film was first announced but has distressingly gone unheard of since: This is a movie that revels in whitewashing.


Wall Street Journal – Joe Morgenstern                                                             Nov 3, 2016

Little by little, though, unfunniness takes hold. Stephen’s training grows interminable. The mysticism turns deadly serious. The effects turn repetitious: Worst of all, the plot loses its way just as Stephen is coming into his own as a worthy antagonist of Kaecilius, a villain — or is he? — played with hollow-eyed intensity by Mads Mikkelsen.


Christian Science Monitor – Peter Rainer                                                            Nov 4, 2016

Allow me a quick lament: Do we really want to see a great actor like Cumberbatch, not to mention Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton, entombed in yet another superhero franchise?


Time Out London – Tom Huddleston                                                               Oct 24, 2016

There are sequences in Doctor Strange that could burn the top layer off your eyeballs, crammed as they are with some of the most unashamedly drug-inspired imagery since the ‘The Simpsons’ episode where Homer takes peyote. But problems arise when Doctor Strange tries to tackle the everyday stuff, like telling a half-decent story.


RogerEbert.com – Angelica Jade Bastien                                                             Nov 2, 2016

For all of its wondrous world-building and trippy effects, Doctor Strange isn’t the evolutionary step forward for Marvel that it needs to be storytelling-wise. Underneath all of its improvements, the core narrative is something we’ve seen countless times.


Indiewire – David Ehrlich                                                                                 Oct 23, 2016

As with all of the best installments of the MCU, the film’s unique strengths have a perverse way of highlighting the franchise’s shared weaknesses. But Doctor Strange deserves credit for treating several of the ailments that have been infecting the series, and for diagnosing several more.


Screen International – Tim Grierson                                                                  Oct 23, 2016

Entertaining in its grand flourishes but spottier when it comes to character work and thematic coherence, the film boasts a slightly darker and more mystical air than its peers, accentuated by some of the most arresting set pieces in the MCU canon.

This film got listed as the 14th Most Discussed Movie of 2016 and 26th Most Shared Movie of 2016.

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