Marvel’s summer blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is only three days away from releasing in theaters worldwide, and following the premiere event that occurred yesterday, we got the first non-spoiler reviews for the movie. So, will Sam Raimi’s newest Marvel flick live up to the hype?
Rotten Tomatoes revealed today that the movie gained a score of 80% based on 92 reviews so far. For comparison, the original Doctor Strange movie currently holds a score of 89% based on 387 reviews. On Metacritic, the movie holds a score of 62, with 21 positive, 12 mixed, and 2 negative reviews.
Consequence’s Liz Shannon Miller rated the movie 91, which is currently the highest rating that this movie received.
“Multiverse of Madness isn’t wildly unconventional in its story choices, but the fun it has exploring the possibilities of this narrative makes it a treat.” — Liz Shannon Miller, Consequence
The lowest rating the movie received is from New York Post’s Johnny Oleksinski and The Globe and Mail’s Johanna Schneller. They both gave the movie a rating of 25.
“There may be a universe in which I feel the barest thread of emotional connection to even one thing that happens during the 126 minutes of loud, smeary nonsense that is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But I doubt it.” — Johanna Schneller, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Many diehards, in their slavish, zombie-like subservience to the MCU gods, will tell you that Sam Raimi (brilliant on the 2002 “Spider-Man”) has directed a horror movie. Lies! It’s as scary and visually arresting as “Van Helsing,” “Underworld” and “Hellboy 2.”” — Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
Here you can check some of the other quick reviews we picked:
“What Raimi has done with his contribution, however, is construct not another roller coaster but one hell of a haunted house, one fueled by an abundance of eccentric creativity, imagination, and finely honed chops. The methods he employs to his Madness are what makes this movie stick out, in this or any other universe.” — David Fear, Rolling Stone
“Marvel’s most deranged and energetic movie yet, as much of a winning comeback for director Sam Raimi as it is a mega-budget exercise in universal stakes-raising.” — Dan Jolin, Empire
“Rami’s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an imperfect one, to be sure, but it still carries a tone l’d like to see more of as the franchise continues to evolve. The messiness is almost fitting for a Doctor Strange film, though I definitely hope that the script is tighter on the next outing.” — Amelia Emberwing, IGN
“Though unsatisfying in some respects, the film is enough fun to make one wish for a portal to a variant universe in which Marvel movies spent more time exploiting their own strengths and less time trying to make you want more Marvel movies.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“As a film that highlights Raimi’s talents as both a director of distinct superhero stories, and idiosyncratic horror tales, Doctor Strange works. Yet as a larger piece in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Multiverse of Madness starts to show the cracks in trying to continually attempt to build and one-up what came before.” — Ross Bonaime, Collider
“Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is a ride, a head trip, a CGI horror jam, a what-is-reality Marvel brainteaser and, at moments, a bit of an ordeal. It’s a somewhat engaging mess, but a mess all the same.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi, who is best known for directing the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the titular character. Elizabeth Olsen is a special guest star as Scarlet Witch, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams are all reprising their roles from the original Doctor Strange movie. Xochitl Gomez is debuting as America Chavez.
“A few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange, with the help of both old and new mystical allies, travels into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.” — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, official synopsis
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will open in theaters worldwide on May 6, 2022.