In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and More

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

Read what THR's critics are saying about the Kristen Wiig dramedy 'Welcome to Me' and the Carey Mulligan period piece 'Far From the Madding Crowd.'

A crew of photogenic do-gooders, a lottery winner and an alluring Victorian-era woman are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Welcome to Me and Far From the Madding Crowd.

Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend's box office).

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

The follow-up to the 2012 smash hit stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Director Joss Whedon's action film centers on Tony Stark failing in his peacekeeping efforts and needing to team up with his fellow superheroes to defeat the nefarious Ultron. "Series junkies will get their fix from the sheer massiveness of the exploits, but at least two of the big action scenes are lackluster, while the climax and resolution could have been worked out in more complex, less rote ways," writes THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy in his review

Welcome to Me

A female psychiatric patient wins the lottery and buys a talk show for herself to host in director Shira Piven's dramedy. Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack and Jennifer Jason Leigh star. THR film critic John DeFore writes in his review that the film is "funny, dark and riding a very fine line in its depiction of mental illness" and "succeeds on its own strange terms."

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen star in director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel about a woman in Victorian England who is smitten with three vastly different men. "Nicely served on both sides of the camera, this is a concise and involving rendition," McCarthy writes. Read his full review here. 

Ride

Helen Hunt wrote and directed the comedy about a mother's cross-country trip to California to meet up with her son, who has recently dropped out of school to focus on surfing. Hunt, Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson round out the cast. "By turns deft and clumsy, inspired and insipid, Ride is a deeply sincere mess of a comedy," according to THR film critic Jon Frosch's review.

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