I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie when I took my son and his friends to see it the theater. I hadn't seen the first two at the time but, since then, have watched all three movies several times and find many things to like about them all.
If I was rating just the movie, it would get a solid four stars. But rating the DVD requires taking into account all the special features they did NOT include, but are holding out for a later edition. Does Fox not understand that it is insulting to the consumer to hear on the DVD Director's Commentary track about all the goodies that are going to be included on the DVD but are not? And there is really nothing about the Stan Lee edition that makes it worth the extra cost.
Back to the movie -- one can take exception with a lot of the choices made but, overall, it's a good time. Some things -- like the virtual absence of Cyclops, Rogue and Nightcrawler -- were apparently due to the fact that the actors were involved in other projects and only available for a short time. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't miss Nightcrawler at all, since he got very tedious very quickly in X-2. Other choices were the obvious result of the fact that Brett Ratner has the artistic sensibilities of a 13-year-old. Some of the dialog is just atrocious. (Wolverine's pep talk to the X-Men as they head into battle is enough to make once feel embarrassed for Hugh Jackman. Despite his incredible talent, even he can't bring it off without sounding ridiculous.) Halle Berry is (as others have said here) as wooden as she was in the first two movies. Famke Janssen has two really terrific scenes, but spends most of the movie walking around as if she's catatonic. Once Ratner and company set up the story of her immense powers, they were clearly stuck with the dilemma that, if she used her powers, it would obviate the need for the battle scenes with all the other mutants, which takes up a good third of the movie. But they didn't bother coming up with any compelling reason why she is just standing on the sidelines for most of the film like a goth Barbie doll. They could have expressed her inaction as the result of Jean Grey fighting to keep Phoenix in check, with Phoenix finally bursting free when under direct attack, but that would have taken the focus off Ratner's beloved CG effects.
Despite these flaws, the movie is not as good as X-Men or even X-2, but it is entertaining and somewhat emotionally satisfying, although not nearly as much as Ratner believes it to be (as he expresses on his commentary). For all the special features that this disc SHOULD have come with, I guess fans will just have to wait for, and pay out for, the next release. What a rip-off.