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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 07/22/2011

‘Captain America’ reviews: How does it stack up to this summer’s other comic book films?

Captain America (Chris Evans, center), surrounded by Hydra Soldiers in “Captain America.” (Jay Maidment - Marvel Studios)
This has been the summer of comic book movies — and of one very lucrative boy wizard. But out of the many comic books brought to life on the big screen, which ones have done the best critically? In honor of “Captain America’s” release and the Comic-Con 2011 convention currently underway, let’s take a look back at this summer so far.

Captain America: The First Avenger

The Chris Evans led “Captain America” comes out today, with the first reviews being mostly good. The Post’s Ann Hornaday gave the “terrific movie” three stars, while pointing out the current “comic-book-movie glut.”

“In any other cinematic era, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ would be a bona fide movie event, the kind of swiftly moving, eye-popping, effects-heavy spectacle for which movies were made,” Hornaday wrote.

The film is holding a very respectable 79 percent fresh rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. But, alas, this is probably not the weekend for this better-than-decent comic book movie to take the number one spot at the box office. The final “Harry Potter” film is still working its magic.

X-Men: First Class

Despite starring January Jones, the “X-Men” origin story has been given a 69 percent top critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Post’s Ann Hornaday gave the mutant film three stars. It also did well at the box office, bringing in $56 million in its first weekend.

Green Lantern

It seemed promising enough. But the “Green Lantern,” starring Ryan Reynolds, failed to deliver, with a pretty dismal 16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps in part because of the reviews, including a so-so one from the Post, the film made only $52.6 million in its first weekend, which seems like a lot but apparently isn’t for a presumed blockbuster.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The latest “Transformers” may have lapped up the box office cash, but it did not go over well with critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 26 percent fresh rating from top critics.

Still on the horizon are films “Cowboys and Aliens, ” which looks really promising, and “Conan the Barbarian.” What’s been your favorite comic book movie this summer? Let us know in the comments.

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