There is no doubt that we are in a golden year for superhero movies. Although we had a few setbacks like Shazam! Fury of the Gods, in general, the releases have been highly successful and popular. This is the case with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is being hailed as the best film in the MCU since Avengers: Endgame, and also with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which has broken all possible critical records.
For The Flash, it is expected that its reception will be very similar. Since the first reactions to the movie came out, there were many who praised it as the best superhero film ever. However, now that the official reviews have arrived, it’s time to take a step back and assess the situation.
These are the reviews of The Flash
Unfortunately, and to the disappointment of many who believed we were witnessing the best DC movie in recent years, the reviews for The Flash have been mixed and far below what was said about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse upon its release. While some positive things have been said about it, it falls short of the generated hype.
On Rotten Tomatoes, The Flash debuted with a 72% positive rating, which is quite decent but falls short of being a top contender for the year. On Metacritic, the score drops to 60 out of 100, indicating that Andy Muschietti’s film falls quite far from expectations. Here are some words from key critics:
“The Flash wants to have its cake and eat it too, but then it wants another cake and eats that as well. There are some great ideas in The Flash, but the film doesn’t delve into any of them. As a result, The Flash doesn’t end up being an essential superhero movie, not even for Flash fans or Flashpoint enthusiasts” – Screen Rant
“Clearly, The Flash wants its audience to get caught up in the excitement of multiverse adventures, with returning superheroes and Barry Allen’s shenanigans, but it does so to the point where it never considers other aspects of time travel sensibly. It’s okay to have cameos and fan service, but the story needs to be there to support them, and that doesn’t happen with The Flash” – Collider
“In The Flash, the multiverse of possibilities that opens up by playing with the past becomes an excuse to throw all kinds of fan service at the audience, like the Batcave. Despite Ezra Miller’s liveliness, the movie overwhelms the actor’s personality as it progresses. The climactic battle against General Zod, with its lethal kamikaze batplane, black smoke columns rising from the ground, exaggerated sound, and fury, is executed in such a hostile manner that it engulfs you after a story that cunningly entices us” – Variety
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