We still have a couple of weeks until Marvel unleashes Doctor Strange upon the world, but the review embargo has at least been lifted. So was it actually worth the wait?
It’s still early, but the answer seems to be yes. Reviews are still rolling out, but pretty much everything that has dropped at this point has been resoundingly positive. The general consensus is that the film takes full advantage of its FX insanity to create the weirdest Marvel movie yet, and Benedict Cumberbatch kills it as Dr. Stephen Strange (though his type does fall into the old Tony Stark stereotypes).
Doctor Strange opens Nov. 4.
Until then, check out some highlights from the reviews below and let us know what you think:
“A '60s cult figure stuck on the periphery of the Marvel Comics universe for 50 years finally spins into orbit to command the world's attention in Doctor Strange, an engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio's bulging portfolio.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"Doctor Strange, the latest movie in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, casts a few impressive spells of its own, not the least of which is the redemption of the visual-effects extravaganza. In a year where bloated, empty spectacles have induced a crushing level of CG fatigue — Now Showing: “Alice Through the Warcraft Suicide Apocalypse Justice” — this funny, freaky adventure reminds us of how effective VFX can be when they’ve got some imagination behind them.” - Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
“For those who don’t already know their Wand of Watoomb from their Eye of Agamotto, there is an overwhelming amount of information to absorb in terms of dimensions and mythology (though geekier fans will revel in it). Doctor Strange also exhibits a needed sense of humor to balance the world-threatening nature of it all. Some of the goofier gags fall flat but scenes between Strange and hard-nosed librarian/drill sergeant Wong sparkle." - Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
“Yes, this new project shares the same look, feel, and fancy corporate sheen as the rest of Marvel’s rapidly expanding Avengers portfolio, but it also boasts an underlying originality and freshness missing from the increasingly cookie-cutter comic-book realm of late. From this second-tier side character, the studio has created a thrilling existential dilemma in which its flawed hero’s personal search for purpose dovetails beautifully with forays into the occult New Age realm of magic and sorcery where Doctor Strange ultimately finds his calling.” - Peter Debrug, Variety
“Doctor Strange manages the feat of opening up the scope of the MCU beyond the previously delineated confines of its less fantasy-based predecessors, bridging the grounded heroics of the Avengers and the cosmic gallivanting of Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But it also rings with some tired familiarity.” - Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast
“Doctor Strange is a heady film that makes you work harder to process its plot than any previous Marvel adventure, and its action sequences are so trippy and mind-bending that at times it will leave you in awe of what you're watching unfold in front of your eyes. Much credit goes to director Scott Derrickson for competently and compellingly steering us down a very wacky rabbit hole.” - Erik Davis, Movies.com
“If Marvel often gets more credit for being ‘weird’ than they deserve — some fans nearly tore ligaments in their arms trying to pat themselves on the back for helping a movie about a talking raccoon and a humanoid tree become the biggest hit of the 2014 summer movie season — it’s because they do such a good job of wrapping nerd lore into traditional Hollywood fare. Films like Guardians of the Galaxy only feel like such risky high-wire acts because the safety nets have been so cleverly hidden just out of sight. That holds true for much of Doctor Strange as well." - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
So, what's your take on the critical consensus? Will you be there on opening night?