Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Review Round-Up: What Critics Are Saying

To say anticipation is high for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse is an understatement. As of last week, ticket presales have already soared to $42 million, which isn’t surprising considering the film’s predecessor was released in 2016. That’s a long time for people to be patient, but the wait is almost over.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse is written by Michael Waldron (Loki, Rick and Morty) and iconic director Sami Raimi takes the reins. The film’s cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

As of this writing, the Doctor Strange sequel has an aggregate score of 65 on Metacritic, based on 31 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a much higher 84% based on 58 reviews. These scores will likely change as more outlets release their takes, but based on reviews already circulating, Raimi has a special touch with the Marvel Universe.

Below, you’ll see a selection of the many Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reviews that have already appeared, including those from GameSpot.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

  • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • Written by: Michael Waldron
  • With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams
  • Premiere date: May 6


“Multiverse of Madness excels when Raimi’s voice is the strongest in the room. Several sequences are nostalgically reminiscent of the stylistic influences of his pre-MCU Spider-Man era while others dive deep (sometimes even shockingly) into the real horror.” -Mason Downey- [Full review]

Rolling Stone – 90

“What Raimi has done with his contribution, however, is not to build another roller coaster, but one hell of a haunted house, fueled by an abundance of eccentric creativity, imagination and finely honed chops. The methods he employs for his madness are what makes this movie stand out, in this universe or any other.” -David Fear- [Full review]

Los Angeles Times – 80

“Raimi’s sheer passion for his material can sometimes overwhelm the consistency of his storytelling, and his old-fashioned sincerity doesn’t always sit well with the cheerful quip-a-minute tone that is Marvel’s favorite corporate comedic idiom. I mean both as compliments.” -Justin Chang- [Full review]


“Honestly, it’s pretty remarkable what Marvel let Raimi get away with, but all of this doesn’t really kick off until maybe an hour into the movie, and it becomes a much better movie once it does. .” -Mike Ryan- [Full review]

Total movie – 60

“Despite a handful of highlights and Raimi’s flourish, Strange’s second solo film rarely feels like the best possible outcome of this confluence of director and character.” -Matt Maytum- [Full review]

Boston Globe-2.5

“A useful rule of thumb for watching Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is that if Cumberbatch (or Wong) isn’t in a scene, go for popcorn…the plot will be nigh impossible to follow. But that’s fine. probably be the case anyway.” -Mark Feeney- [Full review]

“All in all, this sequel proves highly entertaining, if not entirely worthy of pent-up demand.” -Brian Lowry- [Full review]

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