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1,470 Ratings

Captain America: Civil War

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
United States, 2016
Action, Drama, Fantasy


An incident leads to the Avengers developing a schism over how to deal with situations, which escalates into an open fight between allies Iron Man and Captain America.

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Captain America: Civil War Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Awards & Festivals

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2017 | Nominee: Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Seattle Film Critics Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Visual Effects

Empire Awards

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Costume Design

The directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s filming is clever, brisk, detailed, balanced, and—exactly when, over the two-hour mark, attention might flag—thoughtfully engaged. What it isn’t is exhilarating or exciting; the filmmakers display their keen interest in the material and the characters, and that very interest inhibits the exceptional, the wondrous, the hyperbolic, the gratuitously sublime. “CA: CW” doesn’t need more grandiosity but more grandeur.
May 11, 2016
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Civil War is missing something important: magic, madness, call it what you will. Fortunately, it gets better. The Winter Soldier – an old friend of Cap’s, brainwashed by the Russkies – appears, literally summoned up by a magic spell, a series of words awakening his secret psyche like in the old Charles Bronson movie Telefon. Then we get the actual clash of superheroes, a scene Batman vs. Superman totally whiffed and this one totally nails.
May 10, 2016
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the film equivalent of a graphic-novel masterpiece. Civil War doesn’t reach that level, but it is solid, engrossing, and, in places, inspired. It fulfills the promise of the title and sometimes surpasses it with Brobdingnagian comedy and audacious mood swings.
May 05, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    As Marvel expanded, Captain America is the one who got the most interesting storylines. Other mini-franchises look good, have a character with an "act", and get by on the charisma of being just goofy enough. But the last two CA movies have the distinction of feeling like they're going somewhere—even if that somewhere isn't entirely satisfying. Bonus points for knowing we don't need Spiderman's origin story again.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    Arguably this generation of blockbuster film makers owes as much to 'The Simpsons' as it does to comic books or Spielberg films - there's no fear of injecting a smart subtext or clever dialogue or difficult themes, so long as overall the audiences don't choke on their popcorn. The Russos juggle the egos better than 'Age of Ultron' did, but this doesn't have quite the punch of 'The Winter Soldier'.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    In the sobering light of a movie theater parking lot, it's all too easy to pinpoint "Civil War's" weaknesses - its bloated runtime, the lack of a compelling villain. But in the midst of the film itself, I found my inner child enraptured and nourished as moment after iconic moment was lifted from the comic book page and brought to dazzling life by Marvel's skilled technicians. A much needed dose of escapism for 2016.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    Damn good television, but there's not a cinematic bone in its body. It would do wonders for Marvel Studios if they could attract a distinct visualist, i.e. a Raimi or a Burton, and let them make it their own. I enjoyed the company of the characters and laughed at much of the dialogue, but all of the enjoyment was undermined by a muted palette and what Hitchcock would call "photographs of people talking."

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    The worst thing Christopher Nolan did to mainstream filmmaking (besides the INCEPTION horn, BRRRAAAAAWWWWRMRMMRMRMMMMM!!!)…is inspiring copycats. Everyone in Hollywood wants to ground their superheroes in "reality". Though CIVIL WAR is not the hot mess called BvS, the drabness is obvious. Frankly, I liked it better when Sam Jackson got his SUV blown to smithereens in WINTER SOLDIER. Why spoil the fun, Russo brothers?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    While still the best sub-series in the Marvel universe the latest Captain adventure pales in comparison to the first two entries and (for obvious reasons) feels more like an Avengers film then a stand alone. The actual throw down is stolen by the supporting characters and the appetite is whetted for the upcoming Black Panther and Spider-Man films. Best in show though is the levity between Falcon and the Soldier.

  • Z's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    Bland, uninspired, consisting mostly of hard to follow action scenes interspersed with endless exposition. Contains too many characters and too many subplots. The film briefly comes to life during an airport skirmish and then lapses into rote franchise building. The Russos have no visual style. They are content to let the 2nd unit and CGI carry the film. America's corporatized, cultural decline continues unabated.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Captain America: Civil War

    Marvel's most assured and mature installment yet. Sacrifices relentless, hour-long battles and groggy exposition for a lot of dramatic and emotional investment, as well as introducing some compelling new characters (stoked for Tom Holland's Spider-Man, who seems to be a return to form for the character ala the Tobey Maguire days) as well as furthering others (Ant-Man in particular). More excited for Infinity War now.

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