Geoffrey Macnab, in the Independent, praised the “full-blooded performances” of the two leading men but described the film as a “convoluted affair”
“It pulls in far too many directions at once,” he wrote.
“There is also a lingering suspicion that both these superheroes work better when they’re flying solo.”
Kate Muir, in the Times, gave the film two stars and said the “finger of shame” should be pointed at director Zac Snyder.
“Snyder is on a CGI-high, assaulting the viewer with noise and fury, overloaded by Hans Zimmer’s Wagnerian score,” she wrote.
David Edwards, in the Mirror, gave the film three stars as he criticised the “muddled storyline” which made it “hard to root for either superhero”.
“Batman’s grudge against Superman feels like it’s been contrived to set up an encounter that is less iconic fight and more exhibition match,” he wrote.
Awarding the film three stars, Andrew Pulver, in the Guardian, claimed Ben “acquits himself pretty well” as Batman and the influence of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight “still looms large”.
Meanwhile, The Sun, which also gave the film three stars, branded the match up of Batman against Superman as “super unequal” in favour of the Man of Steel.
But the newspaper hailed the performance of Gal Gadot in her role as Wonder Woman, describing her as “all the leading men are not – warm and funny”.
Our own reviewer Genna here at InTallaght also found the movie a little complex, and not for the best reasons, however she still did highly enjoy watching it despite its flaws and gave it 4/5 stars. Read her review here.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice can be seen in cinemas from Friday.