Doctor Strange (2016)

Action & Adventure • PG-13 • Directed by: Scott Derrickson • 116 minutes

From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his old life or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Viewer reviews

nope
★★★★★
Impressive visuals with heesey, bad dialog and a thin plot. No thanks. — whenderson

Great movie but
★★★★
It’s a great movie but that’s not why I am righting this this is listed as a Limited time price movie which is 15$ but this movie along with a lot of the others on this Limited time price list have been $15 for a very long time I feel that this is some kind of false advertisement saying at the movies were not this price and trying to get people to buy them making them think that you’re giving them some kind of deal where in the movies were already at this price — Godsmack1989

Amazing special effects and visuals
★★★★★
This movie is amazing! For those that love folding our reality like “Inception” this is an exceptional action, story, and super hero movie. Weird that I missed it for this long. — Jbeaman

Pretty good
★★★★
Now this definitely wasn’t like Civil War or anything, but was it good? Yes! Was it great? Nah. My main problem with this is the plot. So Dr. Strange(played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who, I thought, was outstanding for the role) is a rich neurosurgeon ends up severely damaging himself in an accident and is trained to become a superhero/sorcerer and has to save the world. Sounds familiar? That’s because it’s the same thing as Iron Man, Ant-Man, Captain America:The First Avenger...alright, that’s all I could think of. But what about the effects? The effects were the best thing about this film, followed by the outstanding performances. Anyway, I think I’ll give this a 7.5/10. Predictable plot
Well....
★★★★★
It was GREAT THE UNLAUGHABLE LAUGHS — Pokèstar J-man

Great, but only once.
★★★★
Doctor Strange is a breathtaking film, but I feel like once you watch it, you don't re-feel the enjoyment from the first time. Would still recommend. — Zombieslayerz👊

Extremely good
★★★★★
This movie is awesome. Best Marvel Movie Ever (in my opinion). Don't know why everyone says it's bad, it's really good. Highly recommend it. 10/10. — Edelika

Great
★★★★★
It was awesome! I really enjoyed the cgi, the acting, and the story. It was very different from other marvel movies, in a good way. — Rgtyhtruhjkhyb

Best movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
★★★★★
When I first watched it I liked it then I kept watching it over and over again! — CorpalHawk716

I was so bored I fell asleep
★★★★
BOTH times I tried to watch it. Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't charm his way out of a wet paper bag & I saw those effects the first time when it was called Inception. Also totally wasted the talent of the supporting cast. Good replacement for a sleep sound machine, and that's about it. — MsTBF

It's good
★★★★
I am not a big magic movie type, but this was good. — Down for the ads

Horrible
★★★★
Terrible. I tried twice to watch this, but I had to surrender to sheer unwatchability of this mess. I suppose one could make a contest out of who is the worst actor in this debacle--my money would be on Cumberbatch, but he has a lot of competition, believe me--but it is a contest that would require much more masochism than I can muster. — Highway_61

One of Marvel's Best
★★★★★
This movie had a whole lot to set up, but it does it all surprisingly well. It is paced very well, with plenty of mind-blowing action scenes and witty dialogue between characters. Stephan Strange starts out as a very douchey character but develops as a person and a sorcerer throughout the story to deliver an extremely satisfying final scene. Overall, the movie is a good watch that anyone who likes Marvel, fantasy, or action movies. — NinjaPoopy💩

Too little action
★★★★
I love the way this movie made you think. The mind bending thoughts and hypocrisy. The only problem I have with the movie is the action. There definitely needed to be more fight scenes, including the spells and so much more. Fantastic movie, please make a sequel and have more fighting! — Covality

Did not disappoint!
★★★★★
Loved this movie a lot and I cannot wait for part 2!!!!! — mytchnyny2013

Doctor strange
★★★★
This movie is amazing. It is filled with great battle scenes, amazing visual effects, and a cool main character. It takes a little while to get started, but once it does it is pretty tough to beat. This is probably one of the best Marvel movies yet. — Sullyps23

Casting and writing problems weigh down an otherwise decent film
★★★★★
Cumberpatch is, for the most part, and excellent actor. However, he doesn't quite work as the contrarian in which he has been cast for the first half the movie. By the time he gets his act together, we already have lost considerable interest in the fairly predictable outcome. Marvel does not know how to make a bad film, but this one functions as a relatively weak link in their armamentarium. — Rhythm Oriented

Very true to the comic
★★★★★
I always loved the Dr. Strange comics because of the over-the-top mind-bending logic that would win battles and send characters into fantastical dimensions of the mind. This movie was definitely true to that sentiment, where the main struggles were not purely physical but also steeped in 'spells' and otherworldly logic about time, space, body/soul etc. The fights scenes were well choreographed with a fun combination of martial arts but, true to Strange fashion, centering on mental prowess more than just physical. Cumerbach fills that role very well (similar to Sherlock I guess). In addition, the visual effects were excellent (especially compared to the comics which are a few colors on a 2D page) - these impressive 3D graphics very much brought the old comics into the modern realm of action, and immersed one in the mystifying and kaleidoscopic reality of the "mystical arts". Lastly, the humor was great - it served well to take some of the seriousness out of the story, which is a welcome addition to the otherwise very serious comic-world Dr. Strange and his "mystical arts". I really enjoyed this and can't wait to see more of Cumerbach playing Strange again. Impressed at how the team captured the character and feeling of the Dr. Strange comics without making it totally cheesy (which a 1-to-1 rendition certainly would have been). — DeminJanu

Wooow
★★★★★
Just perfect.watch it!!! — Kasra sina

Pretty Good...
★★★★★
…for a Marvel film. Cumberbatch, Swinton and Ejiofor give it a little gravitas, with a winking sense of humor at the right times. Like most Marvel product the story is simplistic. The CGI is quite impressive, if excessive and with ideas obviously borrowed from other films like Inception, Dark Knight and the Matrixes. It's absurd to give it 5 stars -- 5 stars should be reserved for real greatness on the order of Lawrence of Arabia or 2001 or The Godfather -- but it's okay comic book entertainment on a grand scale. — nocrickets

Definitely Not Trophy Material
★★★★★
Slow and extremely boring. Couldn't stay to the end. — ncso911

Expanding the MCU
★★★★★
I really like how this movie really expands the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Plus I think they did a great job on casting. — Andahawk

So good!
★★★★★
This was great. Maybe my favorite super hero movie. — iLosePhones

Psychedelic and fun!
★★★★★
This is one of the best MCU movies to date. What a visual spectacle. I know some people hate on this movie but the way I see it, as a comic book fan, we should be happy we're even seeing films like this. I'm glad that it's no longer shameful to be a nerd!!! — Nomorefinlandtalk

I want my 599 back
★★★★
It's bad — Romanfrenkel

AMAZING!!
★★★★★
I just watched this movie on my new 4K LG TV with my full Bose Soundtouch 300 system. Just awesome, I don't think that I can go to the movie theater anymore. With my new system this movie was awesome the graphics were amazing. Marvel keep it up with the movies!! — Duck Dynasty 15

More than action
★★★★★
Finally a sci-fi with more than just action scenes. Special effects are fantastic - wish I'd seen on big screen. Fantastic actors and female /male leads. As an adult, I enjoyed the physics lessons and reminder to be open to what we don't know, but it also brought back the child in me for a couple of hours and that's a gift. PS. Don't text and drive... — Girl on the Moon

Dumb
★★★★★
A good movie for a 12 year old. I made it 10 minutes in and got bored and stopped it. A waste of money but then again it is a superhero movies so what did I expect. — ashg;ab

It was okay at best
★★★★★
The supporting cast stole the movie. I had trouble caring about Strange. — dlwickham

A Strange New Part of the MCU
★★★★★
Doctor Strange, I’ve come to review you. After 13 other movies, the most recent of which had broken up The Avengers, and 142 hour-long TV episodes, some recent of which had hinted at the more mystical elements (such as the Hand in Daredevil season 2, the dark matter from Agent Carter season 2, or Ghost Rider from the then-current episodes of Agents of SHIELD), we finally see the mystic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’re introduced to it when we see Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his disciples steal a few pages from a forbidden book to perform a ritual that kicks the plot into gear. After a visually stunning fight with the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton, the Celtic woman, not the Asian guy) in the mirror dimension, they escape. Cut to Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon, who performs brain surgery while doing music trivia (fun fact, the first song we hear with him is the same one on the tape in Karen Page’s car from Daredevil season 2), which I’m not even sure is legal. Come to think of it, there are so many small issues with Doctor Strange, they pile up. After handing his patient off to another guy, he’s pulled out by Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) for a second opinion, and saves a man from brain death and being harvested like a corn field in fall. This sequence and his interactions with Christine and other personnel develop him as the snarky, arrogant jerk we know for the last few minutes before his car crash (also fun fact, at the end of the credits, they have a “don’t text-and-drive” PSA written in) that destroys his hands. After Western medicine fails him, it’s off to the East for holistic medicine, and after being saved by Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he meets the Ancient One, and what follows is his ascension to earning the name Strange. However, the timing is never clear. My best guess is it could be a year, or several, ending in the release time’s present. A quick “time doesn’t pass in this place” line would have helped, but the placement of a modern tablet in Doctor Strange’s apartment makes it seem like that’s the case, but one does not simply learn so much in so little time, and Christine mentions an extended “I haven’t seen you” period. It’s really strange, and feels like Marvel let the ball drop in terms of continuity keeping. That aside, the characters were great, whether it was Doctor Strange and his brashness or Mordo and Wong’s more stoic natures in contrast to that, which provided great humor. The visuals are also brilliant, and do not need to be completely believable given the less-than-believable scenarios presented to us, but it all contributes. Michael Giacchino’s score also contributes to the weirdness with a sudden reversal tune used for Doctor Strange’s intro to the multiverse crash course, and Eastern instruments to reflect the setting and tone. The humor also contributes to not boring the audience, and mostly clean language makes it appropriate for all to engage in it. So unclear timing aside, it’ll just get stranger when he unite. An amazing spectacle with decent substance and perhaps a little too much humor. There is a whole multiverse of movies and TV shows over the last 110 years, and a small multiverse of high concept existance films like this (Does bending landscapes remind you of anything else?), with its inception going as far back as The Matrix. We open with this high concept world where Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) takes what he should not, and after a cool fight sequence where the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) bends reality in a way Inception didn’t (as much) and he gets away, establishing he is a villain. We meet our protagonist Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is quickly established as an brilliant, albeit, arrogant, neurosurgeon who could give Doogie Howser a run for his money, and after being turned down by his coworker/ex Christine (Rachel McAdams), he heads off to show off, only to get into a serious car crash that sends him on a quest for restoring the stability of his hands (Quick fact, they actually have a “don’t text and drive” message towards the end of the credits, which you should always sit through in these Marvel Studios productions for a tease of the future. Just something to look for while you wait for your final dose of footage from the movie). After tracking down a paraplegic who recovered (Benjamin Bratt) from paralysis, and getting the info he wanted, Strange finds the place after Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) saves him from robbers, and he boldly goes where no Marvel movie has gone before: beyond the most basic concepts of time and space, while still keeping it grounded in some reality. This is the mystical part of the MCU coming out to the super science of Asgard and the mortal science of Earth. It all makes sense, and you really feel for Strange in his struggle, because we’ve all felt the struggle of relearning what we know, and if you haven’t had that struggle, you will. We also get various fun character moments from ones like the Ancient One, Mordo, and especially Wong (Benedict Wong). Wong’s humor isn’t the only humor throughout, but I feel like Marvel may have finally crossed the line in terms of how much humor comes out. Didn’t feel like a comedy, but maybe some humor was misplaced (but still a good laugh somehow). I will penalize it for it being too prevalent, but not for doing its job. Someone who obviously did their job was Michael Giacchino with his soundtrack, whether it’s Marvel’s new fanfare (their second one meant to be the forerunner of the movie itself) or the great use of Eastern style music without overdoing it. Another would be the VFX people, because the visuals were out of this world (literally), from Strange learning about the multiverse to the Inception style world-bending. Overall, Doctor Strange has a strange use of humor, even for an MCU installment, but is still another gem in Marvel’s infinitely vast universe (multiverse now?) — Fan of SHIELD

Yawn
★★★★★
Complete yawn fest with too much computer graphics attempting to fascinate! Thankfully I rented the movie. I'm not into comic books...I just like to be entertained. — Ooh noo

Excellebnt Movie
★★★★★
From beggining to end excellent — MariamLovejoy

No real wow
★★★★★
Not really sure how this got such great reviews. Acting was okay, cgi phenomenal, movie boring. No real climax. — sonnenschein531

Amazed
★★★★★
I was blown away by this movie. Very well put together. Not your average MCU movie. Yes, A LOT of special effects (almost overwhelming at times), but not too much to take away from the rest of the movie. Outstanding job. — nfjdigkgjsbdicbfk

WHAT'S UP DOC!!!!!!!!!
★★★★★
And the Marvel Universe just keeps on coming. And now we have our beloved Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch truly amazing at this Character. The visual effects were above reproach and you have definitely have the sense of we'll be seeing him again. You may need a doctor after seeing it. Watch Doctor Strange without a prescription. — 16 HORSES

Over rated
★★★★
Bad — sureshot327

Dr. Strange
★★★★
NO NO NO NO NO.......Poor CGI, terrible acting, preposterous script, ridiculous movie! I rented this movie with NO expectations and was still left wanting. I love Marvel but this was just........uggggh. Money back please plus $6.00 for waste of time. — Jojo rain puppy

Amazing
★★★★★
This movie was so visually beautiful and mind blowing. To see one of my favorite superheroes come to life is a dream and Marvel portrayed it so well. — Lybbert_Family

Doctor strange
★★★★★
Super good movie! i loved it . totally recommend — Potlover

My new favorite Marvel character
★★★★★
Guess I'm one of the few who really enjoyed Dr Strange. I live a spiritual life and the theme of the movie drew me in because I recognized the spiritual theme. However, not to the extent the movie played out, just the basic teachings. The movie reminded me of Inception: Super hero style. I cant wait to see him again in Infinity War! — 1azurebird

Great!
★★★★★
High quality film with great moments. Really trippy too — MrBunkBunk

Awesome movie!!
★★★★★
Awesome movie all around! — Sean402

So confused!
★★★★★
What I'm confused about is that people who have it 1 or 2 stars said the acting was great, great casting, but the special effects were too amazing? So special effects are now too amazing? I really loved the special effects and I was debating if I should get it, but those comments just proved to me I should. — CRZYREGGIE

Good movie, BUT it helps to know the character
★★★★
"Dr. Strange" is a good movie. It's well acted (talented cast), with an interesting story. The one thing that may plague it in individual viewers' eyes is being unfamiliar with the character of Dr. Strange, and the world in which he lives. It's difficult to state whether other Marvel films like the Iron Man and Captain America movies would be considered very entertaining, even without character familiarity, because most of us knew those superheroes ahead of the movie releases. There is probably a well written world of Dr. Strange, much of which is in the film, but if that world is unknown to you, you may have a difficult time with this movie. "Dr. Strange" is very different than previous stand alone Marvel films, but this character's story was likely written that way deliberately, because those other superheroes already existed! This is a good movie -- but it is unique and different from the other Marvel movies. — D Noble

ASDFGHJKL
★★★★★
Benedict Cumberbatch — Sherlocking101

Loved it!!
★★★★★
A great movie! Entertaining and just as I would expect Dr Strange to be portrayed!! — Ariauna

Disappointed!
★★★★
Shallow script; and, the story is "all over the place." It borrows too much from other science fiction & action movies; and, it's kind of boring. This movie might put you to sleep. — Berkeley Rooster

Let Down
★★★★★
I have to state that this is the second Marvel movie to let me down (the first being "The Incredible Hulk")! While the visuals were amazing, I found the movie dull, lacking in plot and nothing more that a filler movie between other great Marvel movies! The only good thing for me was the post credit scene with Thor. I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, but this was NOT his best work. The character of Doctor Strange will be a nice addition to the Avengers...but this stand alone movie was clearly missing something. — Echo7

My Favorite film of 2016
★★★★★
Watch it. It's great! — Jackson012

Mediocrity Supreme
★★★★★
CONS: 1. One liners (despise them) 2. Cliche Premise 3. Unlistenable score 4. Cliche humor PROS 1. Benedict Cumberbatch 2. Great Visual Concept (Did someone say... inception!) — Mr. Cadwallader