Deadpool 2016

Critics score:
83 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press: In the end, it's hard to shake the feeling that they've made a movie for boys that only adults are allowed to see. For the future sleepover party where some open-minded parent allows a screening, it'll surely be a blast. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: If only Deadpool were as clever, dark and funny as it believes itself to be. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: There aren't many superhero movies that exploit the liberating effects of the hard-R rating. But to me, the mock opening credits are the only detail that is fresh - sophomoric, but fresh. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine: Deadpool, intended as a spiky antidote to superhero oversaturation, ends up impaling only itself. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: Just as Deadpool himself wears a mask to hide his hideous features, Deadpool conceals a highly conventional origin story under a lot of winking self-awareness. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: It takes a strong stomach for extreme violence and over-the-top obscenity, but if you're willing to roll with that, "Deadpool" is a hoot. Read more

Tom Russo, Boston Globe: Imagine Spider-Man with legitimately funny quips, waaay less angst, and a bug-eyed getup that's lethally accessorized. Read more

Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader: Fans of X-Men will gobble it up, especially lewd teenage boys; newcomers to the Marvel Universe may miss some of the best zingers. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Reynolds is entertaining; it's rather sweet to see this eternally not-quite-a-star get closer than usual to justifying star billing. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It seems less irreverent than self-congratulatory. Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News: Reynolds has never meshed as well with a character or found a better outlet for his smirking, smart aleck persona. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Deadpool succeeds where other irreverent send-ups of the genre failed... [But] the over-the-top mayhem, do-you-kiss-your-mother-with-that-mouth trash talk, and jokey cynicism can't stop [it] from hurtling toward predictability. Read more

Britton Peele, Dallas Morning News: Calling Deadpool "just another comic book movie" would do injustice to a film that makes a strong effort to deliver something different. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: A really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos, as well as the first Marvel film to irreverently trash the brand. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: You're initially jazzed by his effrontery, but Deadpool, with his relentlessly glib, nothing-sacred attitude, is not an individual who wears particularly well. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: While "Deadpool" heralds the arrival of a talented new director, its success belongs to Reynolds, who also served as a producer. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: Watching the film is like sitting at dinner with a teen-ager who believes that, if he swears long and loudly enough, he will shock the grownups into accepting him as one of their own. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It's fun, but it's not for everyone, and definitely not for families. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Deadpool ... has the singular virtue of being funnier than we've been led to believe a superhero film can be. Read more

Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News: The politically incorrect material suits Ryan Reynolds as snugly as Marvel's tight red costume, giving the Canadian actor a chance to work out his mutant power for hurling snarky one-liners. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: The filmmakers do a lot of winking and rib poking; they sell "Deadpool" so hard that you might wonder if Marvel has started to pay on commission. Read more

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer: Deadpool is, on the whole, a big bowl of fun filled with great stunts, gory fight scenes, and sexy poses. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This is a different kind of movie. The only rule it adheres to is that tropes are made to be eviscerated, turned on their heads, and trampled over. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: This movie's junky feel is part of its charm. Sure it goes on too long and repetition dulls its initial cleverness. Still, Deadpool is party time for action junkies and Reynolds may just have found the role that makes his career. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: Maximally cheeky. Perversely potty-mouthed. Riotously funny. Insanely violent. Uneven as all get out. And fun, fun, fun. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: This is bad, borderline garbage, but disturbing, too, in that it's just the kind of fake-clever awfulness that might be cinema's future. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Is it a hoot? Largely, yeah, if you like smug, dumb in-your-face humor. Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Smart, sexy and outrageous, "Deadpool" delivers. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: Flamboyantly vulgar and determinedly self-referential, Deadpool has the shape of a superhero movie but the soul of a Danny McBride flick. Read more

Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail: Deadpool is everything that Hollywood has raised audiences to believe heroes are not: crass, selfish and with a vocabulary that would have made George Carlin blush. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Reynolds' mighty mutant title character is anything but a conventional superdude, even before he acquires his extreme skills, red-hooded cosplay costume and scarred face and mind. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: It's a film that's amused with itself, but thanks to a screwball screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and a charmingly snarky lead turn by Ryan Reynolds, that amusement is both thoroughly earned and completely contagious. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: Rarely boring, but not half as smart, funny or subversive as it clearly believes itself to be. Read more

Brian Truitt, USA Today: Deadpool avoids enough pitfalls to both embrace and flambe the superhero genre while also finding time for romance, doling out equal handfuls of bullets, barbs and warm fuzzies. Read more

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice: Deadpool benefits from an intimate story with more heart than you would expect, but also a go-for-broke zeal, edging at times into Naked Gun-style parody. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: It's not subversive - it's meant to elasticize and enhance the superhero genre, to flatter the audience for being hip enough to get all of those in-jokes. And I was flattered. Read more

Will Leitch, The New Republic: Deadpool is obnoxious and puerile and infantile and has an irritating meta tone so snide that it's constantly in danger of nullifying the entire movie -- and I still got a pretty big kick out of it. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: It's a voraciously self-aware comedy, one that dines out on the inherent inanity of its own premise as much as it does the movies it's competing with. Read more