The reviews are in! So, is Captain America: Winter Soldier any good?

Contributed by
Mar 23, 2014, 8:31 AM EDT (Updated)

We’re still a few weeks away from the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But luckily for us, the reviewers have already seen Marvel’s latest. So, what’s the verdict?

This film has been riding a wave of buzz ever since the first trailer arrived, though there was some concern it might come off as a placeholder between The Avengers and Age of Ultron. Well, don’t worry any more — because apparently it’s awesome.

Most reviews that have started popping up over the past few days have been resoundingly positive, which is easy to see from the current 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For those keeping score, that’s just behind The Avengers’ 92 percent. Not bad.

While we wait for the April 4 release date to roll around, regale yourself with some highlights from those who have had the chance to check out Cap’s newest adventure:

“After looking rather like the odd man out in The Avengers with his campy old costume and less-than-super powers compared to his cohorts, Steve Rogers gets a new outfit and asserts himself as a likeable figure more than capable of carrying a huge enterprise like this on his muscular frame. A little self-deprecation can take you a long way with a character like this, and Evans delivers it, along with the wholesome and genuine sense of virtue that's at the core of this ever-youthful wartime hero.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.

“The enemy here is within, which means no one is to be trusted and everything's up in the air, often literally. It would be a crime to spoil the surprises in a plot that owes as much to 1970s conspiracy thrillers as comic books. It's only a pity the workmanlike execution can't match this thematic boldness. This is, after all, a mega-budget studio movie, not an Occupy-funded piece of agit-prop. The genre still demands its product placement, its high-tech weaponry, its crunching action set-pieces, and the obligatory effects-splurge climax in which no one important dies (that's hardly a spoiler considering they're already talking about Captain America 3).” - Steve Rose, The Guardian.

“This is more than just another superhero sequel. It’s an espionage thriller, it’s a spy movie, it’s a top-notch action-adventure, and it’s superhero cinema as serious grounded drama that reflects important social/political questions of our time. It’s a film you can enjoy even if you haven’t seen any other superhero movies before. Indeed, it’s a superhero movie you can enjoy even if you don’t like superhero movies in general.” - Mark Hughes, Forbes.

“The most distinctive parts of this sequel aren’t the stunts but the moments in which they pay attention to character and plot: the Steve Rogers bits rather than the Captain America ones - and that is to be welcomed.” - Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent.

“Where The Avengers couldn’t seem to find time to ponder the disorientation the newly defrosted Rogers would surely feel upon re-entering the world, this movie does, particularly when Rogers tours his own elaborate Smithsonian exhibit and reunites with erstwhile lady love Peggy Carter (a touching Hayley Atwell). And in a sly running gag, Rogers tries to catch himself up on 70 years of missed pop culture, with choice shout-outs to Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man album and that Reagan-era espionage classic, WarGames.” - Scott Foundas, Variety.

“Still, you can’t help but feel disappointed that a film with a relatively spicy premise becomes, in the end, so risk-averse. Is it possible for a franchise so swollen with its own success to still accommodate real creative bravery? Money, time and the four more Avengers films currently in production will tell.” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.

Full of top geeky references for Marvel fans, and multiple cameos from the cast of Cap’s first adventure - no mean feat considering the films are set 70 years apart - The Winter Soldier is, from sensational start to freakin’ fabulous finish, fresh and ingenious, intense and exciting, surprising, absorbing and just really very cool… Days after seeing it, your heart’ll still be pounding. Your mouth’ll still be grinning. And your only concern will be when you’re going to see it again. ‘Nuff said. - Marshall Julius, MSN.

If that didn't wet your whistle enough, check out the trailer below for a nice recap. (reCAP? I see what you did there. - Ed.)