Steve Rogers encounters an old friend who has been brainwashed by the Russians and made an assassin.
" "The First Avenger" was a work of art, while "The Winter Soldier" is serviceable entertainment. "
" "The Winter Soldier" is superbly made and well-acted, neatly setting up the next few installments with just the right enticing sense of ongoing mystery. "
" A movie that is, in the best sense of the word, a Marvel. "
" Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world. "
" If we must endure yet another spring-summer cycle of comic book superheroes, this movie at least delivers the wham-bang goods (recycled though they may be). "
" In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap. "
" Powered by a dynamite Evans and a first-rate cast, this movie overcomes its plot holes and 3D too-muchness by making human frailty its primary focus. "
" The best kind of blockbuster comic-book movie, tweaking the brain while dazzling the eye. "
" The Winter Soldier cheerfully and efficiently does its job doing whatever Marvel movies are meant to do -- make you look forward to the next one, I guess. "
" There's darkness and confusion just under its comic-book surface. "
" This film is unlikely to convert a non-Captain America lover into a fanatic but it's assembled with sufficient skill that those who enjoy this sort of motion picture will have a good time. "
" This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own. "
" We not only get an edgier, more complex, more compelling storyline, we get the most badass 95-year-old the world has ever known. "
" What makes "The Winter Soldier" so enjoyable ... and what will make it so profitable, is its emotional bandwidth-all the vivid, nuanced life lived by its characters in between their frenzied escapades. "
" "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has the usual overlong running time, the half-hearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible. "
" Like many others of its type, [it] gets off to a kinetic start only to lose steam before blowing everything up. "
" On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Winter Soldier" is pale. "
" The signal-to-noise ratio on "The Winter Soldier" is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that's left is an irritating buzz. "
" There's too much going on: the Marvel Universe stuff, the WikiLeaks-ish paranoia stuff, the video game-ish CG visual effects stuff, the epic John Woo-ish everybody-pointing-a-weapon-at-everybody-else face-off stuff. "
" Unless you're intimately familiar with the so-called Marvel universe (or you really love CG explosions), little of this will resonate. "
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