• X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2011

PG-13 |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant named Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Despite their vastly different backgrounds -- Charles grew up with a wealthy family, while Erik lost his parents at Auschwitz -- the two become close friends. As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear war, Charles and Erik with other mutants join forces to save humanity. However, a situation soon tears the friends apart.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, Jason Flemyng

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Genres: Adventure , Action , Science Fiction , Fantasy

Production Co: Bad Hat Harry, Donners' Company

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Rise, Gripping, Pursuit, Emotional, 1960s, Love, New York City, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    So while X-Men: First Class at first takes its source material with just the right amount of self-deprecating seriousness, it founders in the second half, when it becomes overburdened with squirrelly plot mechanics and an excess of self-evident dialogue. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy. show more

  • 80
    Scott TobiasNPR

    It's not the artistry of X-Men: First Class that's particularly striking; though it's finely crafted, the film feels less the product of a visionary director than of the Marvel movies machine working at maximum efficiency. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Action Performance By a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)