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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 early reactions are in — how did Baby Groot do?

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Baby Groot has a ton of fans ... and a few haters

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had its first press screening yesterday and while reviews won’t be published until next week, critics’ first impressions of the film have found their way online.

Unlike the first Guardians of the Galaxy, which seemed to bowl over the majority of critics when it premiered in 2014, reviewers seem divided on the pacing, tone and joke structure director James Gunn includes in the sequel. While some admitted they loved Gunn’s approach to the characters, digging a little more into their backstories and letting the actors have even more fun with their roles, others chided him for doing the same things the first film did.

Most critics, however, were positive about the film.

That said, the film wasn’t immune to criticism. A couple called out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for feeling stale, while others pointed at Baby Groot as the root of everything wrong with cinema in this day and age.

However, the critics who gave the movie a harder time also admitted they aren’t the core audience for Marvel, DC or superhero movies in general, adding that for a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, that’s an important distinction.

Full reviews will be published next week. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will premiere May 5.