The superheroes are back for round two in Avengers: Age of Ultron, following 2012's well-reviewed original. If you're expecting just another action flick, you may be in for a surprise. Here's what critics are saying:
- "As he did in the first Avengers, writer-director Joss Whedon avoids the fatal trap of comic-book self-seriousness, leavening a baggy, busy, overpopulated story with zippy one-liners, quippy asides, and an overarching tone of jaunty good fun," writes Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post. There are "repetitive, too-long action sequences," but the "flawlessly well-tuned ensemble" of characters are well worth watching.
- Steven Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer agrees the best of the movie is showcased in the "quieter moments," when the screenplay's humor comes alive. The theme of the flick is teamwork, but the movie is missing "a sense of spontaneity" because of all the filming in front of green screens and with body doubles, Rea says. "As the franchise thunders on, it's also becoming more and more a bore."