Burrows’s review published on Letterboxd:
MCU Rerun. Why am I doing this?
Benedict Cumberbatch is a fine actor, and on the one hand is good casting for Strange. But in the other he doesn’t hit the infectious swagger of some of MCU’s other leading men.
DOCTOR STRANGE is one of Marvel’s better looking movies, especially with its mirror dimension and Inception-inspired battlegrounds. But STRANGE lacks a certain mojo which prevents it from becoming one of the the universe’s top-tier properties. Stephen Strange is a discount-level narcissist (Downey, Hemsworth, and Hiddleston are better MCU incantations of this character trait) and the script lacks a solid antagonist settling for an abstract alien world-demolition creature.
There is a great deal of good content, but it never rises above with anything worthwhile in its characters or central conflict. Which is a shame. Matrixy, Inceptiony, and martial artsy visuals; the great Mads Mikkelson; the talented Scott Adkins and Rachel McAdams—they are all ok, but nothing resonates.