‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: What Hollywood Critics Have to Say

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: May 20, 2022  

With a worldwide gross of $302,711,302 as of 19th May 2022, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is one of the best performing movies of 2022 thus far and has some of the biggest names in film talking about it. Here’s what they have to say:

Susana Polo of Polygon says ‘Doctor Strange 2 packs as many characters as possible around the titular doctor, but the strong supporting cast only underscores the weakness of Strange’s own evolution’. This review says Elizabeth Olsen gives the film’s most arresting performance as Scarlet Witch

Multiverse of Madness repeatedly invites Stephen Strange to learn that he isn’t always right, and that all magic comes with a price. It suggests that he’s foolish to be so certain that the dark paths that have corrupted others won’t also corrupt him. It feints at the evolution he needs if he’s ever going to be a hero, rather than a particularly flashy, fancy detail in other people’s stories. But the film’s thoughts on Doctor Strange’s deals with devils (metaphorical ones, at least) remain open, and its refusal to answer its own questions remains frustrating. In the end, it’s his name on the poster, so he gets to break all the rules and still claim hero status”. READ FULL REVIEW HERE

David Ehrlich of IndieWire grades the film a B, saying director Sam Raimi may have just saved the MCU from itself by telling a story about what happens after you open Pandora’s box:

That’s not enough to make Multiverse of Madness a great movie, but it is enough to make it a real Sam Raimi movie. Slowly, gradually, and then with great enthusiasm, what begins as a staid tale of people hurling CGI at larger pieces of CGI while yammering on about whatever new thing is threatening all existence evolves into something less familiar: A violent, wacky, drag-me-to-several-different-hells at once funhouse of a film that makes good on the reckoning Chiwetel Ejiofor promised at the end of the original by cutting away the safety net that previous installments of the MCU have tried to pretend wasn’t there”.


Rosie Knight of Nerdist says ‘It’s dripping with his signature style and tricks, and this review calls Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness the MCU’s first horror’. She rates the film 4 out of 5:

Fans have been waiting for [America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez] to arrive in the MCU and Gomez does the fan fave character justice. She’s powerful, funny, and appropriately in control of her own story. Cumberbatch expands on his guest roles in other MCU movies, crafting someone funnier, less hateable, and with a heart beating deep under that blue costume. Benedict Wong is back as the rightful Sorcerer Supreme and he once again steals every scene he’s in. When America arrives, the pair realize there’s only one person who can help: Wanda Maximoff. As expected, Elizabeth Olsen brings her WandaVision chops in another powerhouse performance”. READ FULL REVIEW HERE

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About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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