“Avengers: Infinity War” exploded the box office in its opening weekend, taking in a record $250 million domestically and $630 million worldwide. That’s a new record on both counts. But according to critics, it’s not the best Marvel movie. Based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it’s only the 10th best out of the 19 that have been released thus far, which puts it right in the middle of the pack. Click through our photo gallery above to see how all of the films measured up in the reviews.
It’s perhaps a testament to the Marvel franchise that even its “worst,” movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” still has more positive reviews than not. Despite mixed reactions it still has 66% of critics behind it. So “Avengers: Infinity War,” now representing the exact median score, is actually pretty high: 84% fresh, just a notch ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at 83%. So while Matthew Rozsa (Salon) is not alone in thinking that the film is “gussied-up mediocrity,” most found it at least moderately appealing, with Mark Daniell (Toronto Sun) calling it the “biggest, most ambitious piece of storytelling in the studio’s 10 years of existence.”
The best reviewed Marvel movie of all time is still the one that came out right before “Avengers: Infinity War.” “Black Panther” reigns supreme with a kingly 96%, just ahead of “Iron Man” at 94% and a trio of films tied at 92%: “The Avengers,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Black Panther” is also the king of the domestic box office with $688 million grossed so far, more than any other Marvel movie to date, though that could change in the coming weeks if “Infinity War” continues to break records during its run in theaters.