Doctor Strange is getting rave reviews — should we be surprised?

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he was pushed "out of his comfort zone" while playing the Doctor role, but it seems that the extra effort has paid off.

Everyone is raving about it and the ratings have been going through the roof for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Rotten Tomatoes have rated it a whopping 98 percent and Meta Critic are giving it a still decent score of 74 percent.

Here's what the critics are saying:

Matthew Turner from iNews.co.uk says "Like Inception mashed with M.C. Escher: the richly imaginative visual design is endlessly entertaining in its depiction of astral planes, mirror dimensions and multiverses."

"A bizarre and beautiful detour on the Marvel journey, which culminates in a mind-bending, expectation-inverting final act," says James Dyer from Empire magazine.

Entertainment Weekly reporter Chris Nashawaty says: "Doctor Strange is thrilling in the way a lot of other Marvel movies are. But what makes it unique is that it's also heady in a way most Marvel movies don't dare to be. It's eye candy and brain candy."

"To his credit, director Scott Derrickson ... navigates through the different zones with a fair degree of actual coherence, and delivers the entire package with evident ease and some flair," says Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter.

"Derrickson (Sinister) crafts a trippy phantasmagoria for Strange to fly screaming through as he begins his path to sorcerer supreme. The only thing missing is a Doors jam as the sequence unfolds a dizzying blend of psychedelia, geometric oddities and nightmarish dreamscapes," says USA Today's Brian Truitt.

Doctor Strange hits New Zealand cinemas tomorrow.

- NZ Herald

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