Reminder: “Doctor Strange” In U.K. Cinemas Starting Today!

We would like to remind everyone that “Doctor Strange” is playing in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland starting today. The movie will also get released in several key majors including the France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Australia and Korea this week. The movie will be released in the United States on November 4th and currently holds a 97% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (based on 37 reviews) and a 75 score at Meta Critics (based on 15 reviews). The visuals and visual effects have received critical acclaim thus far. We made a review round-up in this post. Sadly, critics seem to agree Rachel’s Christine Palmer is being underused.

““Strange” arguably features the most talented Marvel cast to date with acclaimed actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen bringing the origin of the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen. It goes without saying that McAdams will never get the credit she deserves for transforming the barely sketched out role of Strange’s former medical colleague Christine Palmer into a captivating three-dimensional character that feels like an integral part of the storyline even when she isn’t.”
Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

3/5 stars
“The most human of characters is Rachel McAdams’ surgeon, Christine. As always the actress is delightful, divine and engaging and would have been an excellent way in to the story for the audience, were she not relegated to such a frustratingly secondary role.”
Stefan Kyriazis, Daily Express (UK)

“Rachel McAdams, meanwhile, is one of the best love interests Marvel has to offer, headstrong and not pandering to Stephen Strange (unfortunately, not given enough screentime).”
Jack Shepherd, Independent (UK)

“The key is an in-on-the-joke script, which Derrickson co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, that ingeniously navigates major plot potholes even as it saddles its actors with ludicrous dialogue. But what actors! As Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch sheds his British accent but not the attitude, which both attracts and repulses fellow doctor Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams, the most competent — and human — of Marvel’s window-dressing girlfriends).”
Peter Debruge, Variety

4/5 stars
“Weaponised by dynamic scripting, the A-class cast sell the concoction well. Rachel McAdams’ surgeon is underused […]”
Kevin Harley,

4/5 stars
“Rachel McAdams performs ably in a minimal role as the flummoxed love interest.”
Ben Nicholson, CineVue

“Doctor Strange should be a huge hit, thanks to a classy cast, eye-popping special effects and confident direction from horror director Scott Derrickson.”
Matthew Turner,

“The hospital scenes have a clinical flavor while Strange’s bantering with Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) has the authentic touch of two adults who worked better as colleagues than as lovers. Sadly, McAdams is saddled with the least essential and least used “female lead” in an MCU film. She has almost no screen time past her introductory moments.”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes

4/5 stars
“Sadly, McAdams is left with the thankless girlfriend role, though she’s game enough to ensure it never become a major weak spot.”
James Mottram,

“Doctor Strange continues Marvel’s streak of assembling fantastic ensemble casts, as the Strange crew boasts multiple Oscar wins and nominations shared between the fivesome of Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen. All of them are strong, delivering convincing turns as their respective characters.”
Erik Davis,

“As a triumvirate, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all perfect as Doctor Strange, The Ancient One and Mordo (one of Strange’s allies and teachers, and a devout follower of The Ancient One), but the origin story’s necessity of focus on the lead characters leaves you wanting a lot more from its incredibly talented supporting cast, including Benedict Wong’s Wong (the strict librarian at Kamar-Taj), and Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer (Strange’s former flame and fellow surgeon).”
Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend

“The Doctor Strange character may have first appeared in comic books in 1963, but the movie feels derivative, even in its handling of Strange’s narrative arc as he belatedly realises that his on-again/off-again girlfriend, fellow doctor Christine Palmer (a sweet, smart McAdams), deserves a more loving, present man than he’s been.”
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily

“Rachel McAdams is an innately likable, grounded actress who helps you invest in Strange’s friend and former lover, fellow doctor Christine Palmer. But ultimately, she isn’t given all that much to do of note beyond some amusing reactions to things occurring around her.”
Eric Goldman, IGN

“The performances are consistently engaging: […] Rachel McAdams (as Strange’s former and maybe future girlfriend) provides a much-needed degree of groundedness to the bizarre goings-on.”
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap