Hype for Black Panther is at an all-time high with the film’s incredible word-of-mouth and heavy promotional campaign Marvel is currently busy with. You can turn that hype dial up to 11 now because the official reviews for the film are in. The written consensus is? Believe the hype! Looks like Black Panther truly is one of Marvel’s finest achievements.

Black Panther is a tour de force, one of the smartest, most original action-packed blockbusters of the decade. This is bold and visually stunning filmmaking, unique and relevant in deeply emotional, truthful ways few films of the genre achieve. Believe the hype — Black Panther rules!Forbes

Black Panther is an entire body raised in goosebumps. It’s a ride that I wasn’t ready for, but would gladly ride over and over again. I already know I’m going to see this movie at least three more times. It’s the same reason Black Panther’s pre-sale tickets have already outpaced any other superhero movie. It’s about time we get to see our people in a movie like this. And this is only the beginning. We should all experience Black Panther.The Grapevine

With uncanny timing, Marvel takes its superheroes into a domain they’ve never inhabited before and is all the better for it in Black Panther.The Hollywood Reporter

At two hours and 15 minutes long, Black Panther has a brisk pacing that constantly keeps things moving. Despite the length, the movie never drags on or feels bogged down since everything constantly goes back to world building.That Hashtag Show

Panther’s nuanced celebration of pride and identity and personal responsibility doesn’t just feel like a fresh direction for the genre, it’s the movie’s own true superpower.EW

It’s obvious Ryan Coogler didn’t direct Black Panther to make an action movie. Instead, it’s a dense movie about family, community, internal struggle, and external struggle. And it’s a movie with a lot on its mind. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been pretty quiet on what’s coming after 2019’s still-untitled fourth Avengers film, but there’s no doubt that Black Panther is going to play a huge role in whatever is next. Black Panther feels like the beginning of something new.UPROXX

Even at its most artificial, this is still a thrilling, well-realized story of self-determination, told with real purpose and rare confidence. You believe in T’Challa, you believe in Wakanda, and you believe — maybe for the first time — that the MCU actually matters. It’s hard for a good movie to survive that kind of studio process, just as it’s hard for a good man to be king. But apparently it’s not impossible.Indiewire

This isn’t just one of the best movies in the MCU – it caps off the franchise’s best run of movies ever, which started last year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. If there’s a downside to Black Panther, it’s that it has to end eventually. Wakanda’s setting and characters made for a world that I never wanted to leave, and wanted to return to as soon as the credits started.Mashable

Audiences may not care about these political and ethical questions one way or another, and ultimately, “Black Panther” is a hugely compelling crowdpleaser. A new leader has emerged in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’ll be a force to reckoned with.The Playlist

The final word: it’s afro-futuristic and Blackity-black as hell. It’s everything I’ve ever desired in a live-action version of this popular superhero and yet so much more. Quite frankly, the experience is indescribable. I left the theater wanting to see this movie at least 10 more times. I already know that Black Panther‘s weight in gold at the box office will be in repeat viewings, because we just won’t want this cinematic experience to end.Black Girl Nerds

Coogler touches on deeper subjects regarding race and oppression while still realising that the main purpose of a Marvel movie is to entertain a mass audience. The result is a film that works just fine as an old-fashioned ripping yarn without ever forgetting its social conscience.Independent.co

Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.Empire