Jun 22, 2022
the tale translates poorly to the big screen, even with the filmmaker working overtime to inject his raucous appetite for horror into what still needs to be a PG-13 crowd-pleaser.
Jun 10, 2022
If Marvel directors are often merely first among hired hands... Raimi is allowed a creative signature, delivering a family-friendly take on the chills that first made his name with 1981 cult favourite The Evil Dead.
May 31, 2022
It might be Marvel's multiverse, but Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Raimi's plaything. And we wouldn't want it any other way.
May 26, 2022
It's going to service fans... but even if you aren't a fan you can come into it and embrace it as a standalone film.
May 14, 2022
The result of all this is a lot of crumbling masonry and an abundance of gruesomely charred bodies that make it clear Raimi is out to honour his horror movie credentials. But for all his efforts, the effect is curiously uninvolving.
May 11, 2022
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” eliminates the playful idiosyncrasy in the interest of formula—of Marvel’s self-perpetuating business. The new film isn’t merely branded entertainment; it’s branding as entertainment.
May 10, 2022
It's one of the lesser Marvel movies... Both overly-complicated and dull.
May 9, 2022
Multiverse of Madness is delightful, unhinged commercial art that is as complex as the multiverse itself. It’s thoughtful as it is stylish, as icy as it is effervescent.
May 7, 2022
This film requires an encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel minutiae and world-class cross-referencing skills to fully work. And who, outside the diehard fanbase, has the bandwidth for that level of commitment?
May 7, 2022
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness is visually imaginative but underwhelming.
May 6, 2022
Save for one cool (and brief) visual sequence, this multiverse feels less mad than studio-mandated.
May 6, 2022
Raimi and Waldron have managed, on a scene-by-scene basis, to create something which often feels truly fresh and original.
May 6, 2022
While Raimi injects as much soul into this sequel as the Marvel blueprint will allow, it’s difficult to see the film as anything other than a cog in a bigger machine.
May 6, 2022
Despite his sorcerer bona fides and voluminous cape, Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange isn’t strange enough, and trying to parse the convolutions of the Marvel multiverse is more exhausting than engaging.
May 6, 2022
The return of Benedict Cumberbatch to the world of Strange may seem chaotic madness to the uninitiated, but it’s thrilling to see livewire director Sam Raimi breathe hilarity and juicy horror into the Marvel formula that so needed a shakeup. This is it.
May 6, 2022
Marvel fans are gonna love all those fan-servicing, momentum-sapping cameos, but Raimi fans are going to find themselves liking the film more and more the longer it goes, because the director seems most firmly in control later on...
May 6, 2022
[Cumberbatch] brings a lot more intensity than you'd think possible to moving his fingers an inch or two as digital sparks fly.
May 6, 2022
As for “story points,” I saw nothing that answers to that description. All we get is a grab bag of oddments.
May 6, 2022
I’m thinking of a moment in the original movie in which Stephen looks skeptically at a deeply corrupted individual nattering about the greater good and retorts, “No. I mean, come on—look at your face.” Nobody says that in the sequel—but they should.
May 5, 2022
Too often, "Doctor Strange" is muddled, sluggish and ordinary.