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

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

I love the Matrix
★★★★
Title says it all — Newsfan112

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

This movie should've won an Oscar
★★★★★
This was the best movie I've ever seen!! — Skidude13727

Not what I expected
★★★★★
It was okay, just too much of the futuristic.. If you were on something, this movie would make you think you were losing it. Too much of the bending and lights and sorcery..Not horrible, but wasn't as good as I would have hoped.. — Trump girl

Great movie
★★★★★
I was not very excited to watch this initially, but was amazed at how good it actually was. It was a great movie. — Kris_goku

Dr strange
★★★★
An action packed blockbuster with a great plot. Good direction and production. This movie sees the title character go from egocentric surgeon to superhero — Onunonounuonuono

Somewhat
★★★★★
I did not find the movie actionable like other Marvels. Did not like it. — Casper239

Great movie
★★★★
Loved the movie only reason I gave 4 stars is because needed more fight scenes — Den123319

Wasted opportunity
★★★★★
Great special effects and interesting premise but... I couldn't care less about the main character. He's a jerk. There is no other character development, or plot, or suspense. — Alex64225689942158994

lct
★★★★★
It started out to have a good story, then went away. I’m a Cumberbatch fan and he was okay. Special Effects good, but rolling buildings gets old. Quess I’m not a marvel fan. — abbeyroad17

My favorite Marvel movie
★★★★★
I wasn't familiar with Doctor Strange before watching this, so I was super pleasantly surprised. I liked the character a lot, and the graphics were amazing. It wasn't silly like Guardians, which I kinda hated. I hope they make a sequel. — Dexter Dog

😁
★★★★★
Very good movie very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good movie — That Guy 😒

FRICKIN AMAZING!
★★★★★
Must see!!!!! — Sherlock7827282

Good movie
★★★★★
But not worth buying. I can’t wait for him to join The Avengers, unfortunately he’s a filler character and cannot have his own movie. — YouLUVmeh Longtime

Too Much CGI and Too PC
★★★★★
I was really looking forward to this one as Dr. Strange used to be my favorite Marvel super hero. The comic book artwork was incredible and the characters bigger than life. Let me first say that the actor they chose was ok. But his parts were not serious enough. And the Ancient One is a woman? And he has a black sidekick? God anything to sell more tickets. Somewhere there is an older Asian actor who SHOULD have been the Ancient One. The black guy well they want to sell to the black audience. Then there was the completely over the top CGI that was confusing and just as awkward as in the movie they copied it from (with DiCaprio…). The folding building thing added zero to this move. And lastly, the main enemy was NOTHING like the comic book…and in a bad way. Remember the Stay Puft marshmallow man in Ghost Busters? Yea, like that. Can’t recommend this as any more than a rental. I am so disappointed. — SeattleMoose

Loved loved loved this movie!
★★★★★
This movie was very entertaining. — Forgetprincess

My favorite Marvel movie so far
★★★★
Just good with good story — tjbzdok

Actually really good
★★★★★
I was skeptical at first with all the magic stuff I saw from the trailers but this movie really works . Best way to describe it is Inception meets Thor . The lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch is really well cast as the Dr also . The connection to the larger MCU isn't revealed until the credits and it's so worth it . — Rodriguez268

if it aint broke dont fix it?
★★★★★
I like captain america cival war but I am not a "marval fanboy". I was excited to see this because it was being called "innovative" and "different". what I got was a mediocre cgi muddled mess. Although some set pieces were pleasing, I was dissapointed. As usual, a portal is opened up in the sky where the hero has to stop world destruction blah blah. What happened to less is more? ... The Dark Knight for example. — aryadamany

Don't do it...
★★★★
The Stupidest movie I have seen in a while. — Luckybaha

It's Okay
★★★★★
Considering this is Dr. Strange, this movie could have been so much more and much better. Regardless of what all the fans think Cumberbatch was a poor choice to incanate Dr. Strange, and as for Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One...good grief. In comparrison the 1978 attempt at a Dr. Strange movie starring Peter Hooten was much better, sure it lacked all the CGI special effects of today but it was decent. This movie spent too much time on origin (like most Marvel movies) and not enough on substance and story we could actually sink our teeth in. — Zenzazional