Early Doctor Strange reactions hail Marvel's trippiest film yet

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
“DOCTOR STRANGE magic makes HARRY POTTER’s look like parlour tricks.” – Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios
“DOCTOR STRANGE magic makes HARRY POTTER’s look like parlour tricks.” – Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

The first press screenings for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ have taken place in LA and Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero debut has been met with near-universal acclaim from the critics who were lucky enough to see it.

Although official reviews won’t be published until day of release (25 October here in the UK), the online movie press were encouraged to tweet their reactions, and while no-one has been brave enough to name it Marvel’s best, most have praised the film’s psychedelic stylings with Mashable’s Josh Dickey claiming “DOCTOR STRANGE [sic] magic makes HARRY POTTER’s look like parlour tricks.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Stephen Strange – the brilliant surgeon who turns to the occult when a car accident leaves him unable to work – has also been hailed as “fantastic” in the role by Haleigh Foutch of Collider. “[Cumberbatch’s] performance anchors the whole movie,” adds Alex Welch of Screenrant.


Here’s a selection of some of the best reactions so far.

‘Doctor Strange’ is coming to UK cinemas on Tuesday, 25 October.