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  • Summary: A government assassin is brought back to life as a black superhero with supernatural powers. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. 88
    It walks and talks like a big budget horror film, heavy on special effects and pitched at the teenage audience, and maybe that's how it will be received. But it's more impressive if you ignore the genre and just look at what's on the screen.
  2. Reviewed by: David Kaplan
    70
    Think Batman on crystal meth.
  3. 50
    Todd McFarlane's Spawn plays better on the page, but the adolescents of all ages who buy Spawn comics will probably enjoy the movie. Others should consider themselves forewarned.
  4. 40
    If Spawn had anything close to a script, it would be a pretty nifty fantasy about conspiracy, apocalypse and a fat killer clown.
  5. 30
    The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin, Beelzebubbin effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.
  6. Otherwise, the movie, which borrows from a dozen pop sources and improves on none of them, is pretty much a washout.
  7. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    0
    The special effects look model-shop cheesy, as if they'd been created using a handful of action figures and MacPaint, and the rest of the picture has the flat visual finish and phoned-in performances of a TV movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    5
    Overall an OK movie and decently made for the time. Effects were astounding (for the 90s) and Leguizamo is fantastic as Violator (perhaps a bit too over the top.) The rest of the cast were clearly not as interested in their roles. A really hammy performance from Martin Sheen, a bit shocked that he was capable of this. The story does cover modern Spawn's origin story, but in the most bland and rushed way possible. Like most comic book movies of the age, it clearly suffers from trying to do too much in a limited time and ending up with a disjointed mess that makes little sense. Too many references that only fans would understand with little to no exposition to explain them to anyone else. Overall: Spawn was fun to watch, but really a bit of a let down to most hardcore fans as it barely scratches the surface on the potential it could have been. Average, in every sense of the word. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2013
    3
    The over exaggerated performances take away the overall mobility in character depth from the movie, leaving the broad span of violence and moderate special effects the task of bailing it out from near complete disaster. Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2012
    1
    En voyant le comics-book, il y avait quelque chose d'intéressant à tirer de Spawn. Surtout si le projet aurait atterri dans les main d'un réalisateur talentueux tel que Tim Burton, qui aurait pu faire ressortir toute l'ambiance et la puissance du comics ou tout simplement nous aurait livré un nouveau chef-d'oeuvre plastique comme il avait fait avec Batman. Mais au lieu de ça, Spawn reste un très mauvais film en plus d'être une très mauvaise adaptation. Et pour cause, le scénario est aussi indigeste que ses dialogues, c'est mal joué, les effets spéciaux sont immondes, la bande-son inadapté... Bref, tout est à jeter! Bon, je dois reconnaître que les maquillages et les costumes relèvent légèrement le niveau, mais cela n'est même pas suffisant pour faire un navet potable. Et franchement, on peut s'en rendre compte dès la première seconde du film, où une horrible voix off raconte les faits sur un montage digne du plus mal fichu des clips. En conclusion, Spawn ne ressemble à rien. Ou peut-être que si : il ressemble plus à un très mauvais jeu vidéo qui, lui-même, ne ressemble à rien. C'est pour vous dire... Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2014
    0
    Ok I felt like I was playing a video game in the scene where he was in hell (The CGI'S were terrible to) I picked up my XBOX controller and started pressing random buttons (The old NG6 graphics were way better than this)
    This movie is a great example about great comic books that were made into movies and sucked I watched this on TV and it goes above scary movie 2 "Spawn" is the worst movie I've ever seen.
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