Doctor Strange will be hitting theaters in a week and it doesn’t take a master’s degree in the mystic arts to know the film is looking pretty darn good. That’s because the reviews have just started trickling in and by and large they’re overwhelmingly positive. In fact the film currently holds the highest Rotten Tomatoes Rating of any MCU movie to date with a whopping 96%. But if you’re on the fence about seeing The Sorcerer Supreme’s big screen debut and you still want to avoid spoilers, don’t worry. We’ve read all of the reviews for you (and wrote one of our own!) and now we’re going to break them down, totally spoiler free.
If there’s one thing all critics agree on about Doctor Strange it’s that the visuals are the real magic act. “Mind-bending” “eye popping” and “Salvador Dalí’s wettest dream” are just a few of phrases used to describe director Scott Derrickson’s depiction of the Marvel Multiverse. A number of critics have even gone so far as to suggest that Doctor Strange would be best enjoyed with a little medical assistance. Jenny Yamato at the Daily Beast calls it; “the first blockbuster of the modern superhero era ideally viewed on a magic mushroom trip.”
“Classy” seems to be the big defining word when it comes to the cast of Doctor Strange, with a lot of critics calling out special appreciation for all the a-list thespians who took an astral detour into the MCU. USA Today says Tilda Swinton “adds sass, emotional depth and a little frailty to the wise-warrior archetype” in her portrayal of The Ancient One, and Empire says Benedict Cumberbatch “demonstrates an easy charm… and a wry sense of humour” in the title role of Doctor Strange.
But if there’s one element that could have used a little more mental energy, it’s the script. More than one went so far as to describe Doctor Strange as an Iron Man remake, with witchcraft and wizardry swapped in for weaponized super suits. But even then, not many of them took too big of an issue with it. “Doctor Strange is basically a reboot of Iron Man” says Mike Ryan at Uproxx “only with a lot more prettier things to look at while you’re stoned. it’s a good strategy. and it works”.
So all in all, it seems like Doctor Strange is proving himself to be a pretty worth addition to the MCU. But what do you think? Did these reviews help change your future? Will you definitely be seeing Doctor Strange opening night? Or do you need to expand your mind with a few more opinions? Let us know in the comments!