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'Batman v Superman' Reviews Call Film A Visually Pleasing Mess

With 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' ready for its nationwide release on Friday, some critics are wondering whether it's too late for a rematch.

The much anticipated film is being praised for its visuals but it's being criticized for everything from the lack of character development, messy storytelling to Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Lex Luthor and awkward introduction of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.

"I get that this mano a supermano story line is a sacred text among comic-book aficionados, but Dawn of Justice doesn't do the tale any favors. It's overstuffed, confusing, and seriously crippled by Eisenberg's over-the-top performance," writes EW's Chris Nashawaty.

"Dawn of Justice starts off as an intriguing meditation about two superheroes turning to an all-too-human emotion: hatred out of fear of the unknown. Two and a half hours later it winds up somewhere very far from that—but at the same time, all too familiar. It's another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 installments. Is it too late to demand a rematch?"

Eric Kohn of Indiewire called the film messy, cacophonous and "basically one long teaser for the next installment."

"It doesn't lack for inspired visuals... it's filled with motion-heavy sequences rich in light and color" but, he adds, it "reeks of the usual routine."

"With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat,” he writes.

"The filmmakers would seem to have thrown up their hands at how to gracefully integrate Wonder Woman into the action," THR's Todd McCarthy says, "simply hurling her into the epic final battle without significant preparation at all."

"With just her sword and shield, she doesn't seem meant to mix it up with these big guys right off the bat."

But the most despised part of the film is generally Eisenberg's portrayal of Lex Luthor.

"The villain here is so intensely annoying that, very early on, you wish Batman and Superman would just patch up their differences and join forces to put the squirrelly rascal out of his, and our, misery," opines McCarthy.

However, despite these shortcomings the film is on track to surpass $300 million worldwide this weekend.

March 23, 2016 |

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