Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 31, 2011
    60
    Super rides on the carefully bent performances of its stars.
  2. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Gunn successfully shifts between celebrating violence and mourning it, but his handling of emotional evolution is clumsier; he seems particularly out of his depth in the film's mawkish ending. But Page is a revelation: There isn't another gorgeous twentysomething actress working today who could more convincingly reveal sexual bravado to be simultaneously silly and creepy.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 28, 2011
    20
    There are kernels here of a thoughtful and provocative picture, but they never pop – or POP!, for that matter.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 21, 2011
    50
    Take "Kick-Ass." Strip it of most of its wit and charm, amp up the violence, the sadism. Make it more crude and coarse and gory. And what you're left with is Super.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 15, 2011
    75
    The libido and bloodlust flowing from the pint-size Page is the funniest thing in the movie, but elsewhere, the mix of the goofy and ghastly is hard to digest.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 15, 2011
    63
    Despite the derivative nature and low production values of Super, there are laughs in the at-times ragged script.
  7. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    I suspect audiences will divide sharply on the movie's wild tone shifts. I found them sort of fearless.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    Shot on the cheap, with cheesy animated credits and comic-panel "Bams!" and "Pows!" splashed across the screen, Super has a jokey, low-rent quality (or lack of quality) that could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 7, 2011
    50
    I'm all for movies that create unease, but I prefer them to appear to know why they're doing that. Super is a film ending in narrative anarchy, exercising a destructive impulse to no greater purpose than to mess with us.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Apr 7, 2011
    30
    This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 7, 2011
    63
    Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.
  12. Reviewed by: Nathan Heller
    Apr 3, 2011
    70
    As a movie, Super is unfocused and bafflingly inconsistent. It is also the most genuinely surprising new release I've seen in a long time.
  13. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 1, 2011
    38
    A spoof of you-know-what that's a lot less funny than it sounds.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 1, 2011
    40
    Super starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.
  15. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    Wilson is basically playing an even more feckless version of his "Office" character, Dwight, another intense and self-deluded doofus. It's a character that works better in smaller doses.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 31, 2011
    40
    Where Gunn's last feature "Slither" was an enjoyably icky, funny riff on schlocky horror tropes, the split-personality Super merely repels with half-baked ideas, Wilson's and Page's scorched-earth overacting and atonal bursts of jokey gore.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Super exists in the no-man's land between indie quirk and raw exploitation, and when it works, it's thrillingly off-balance.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Smart, sick, and subversive, Super gives you what you want only to make you wonder why you want it.
  19. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    Ultimately the movie ridicules the culture that compels what Cedric the Entertainer calls grown-ass men to dress up like comic-book characters, as well as the Christian attempts to co-opt that culture.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 31, 2011
    70
    Super is occasionally brilliant, sometimes awful and terribly confusing overall.
  21. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 30, 2011
    75
    It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one.
  22. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 29, 2011
    20
    Skip this one, even if your hipster significant other whines a blue streak.
  23. 70
    A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.
  24. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Mar 28, 2011
    50
    This depraved charmer offers enough to admire and a specialized hipster crowd will enjoy it, if to a mutedly positive effect.
  25. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Mar 28, 2011
    50
    Waiting for Super to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself.
  26. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Apr 3, 2011
    50
    The trouble with Super, as with "Kick-Ass," is that the director wants to have his cake, put a pump-action shotgun up against the frosting, blast vanilla sponge over a wide area, and THEN eat it. [4 April, 2011, p. 83]
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Apr 7, 2011
    4
    The film is warped. It had the makings of some absurd fun, and it is fun at points, but the pacing just sucks, and the thread that pulls the whole thing together is far too kinky. The Ellen Page bits are by far the best parts of the movie. The violence, incidentally, is surprisingly graphic for a movie like this. Why so many big name actors signed on to this sucker is beyond me - maybe they're all friends of the creative team. I wouldn't bother. Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    9
    I am so glad movies like this get made. I really relate to it. Funny, its honest, and the ending leaves you sad, but happy. It would be a disservice to give away plot points. Because it does not follow the typical Holly Wood droll

    The film plays and will hint at following some Hollywood cliches and then it completely kills them. The film has this melancholy border around it, and will constantly touch base with it. What I really like about this film, every person with a speaking role has a personality some slight depth to give you some sense who they are. They were just more then Bad guy X or friend Y. They get that extra little bit of dialogue to give you a sense of who they are. Even Kevin Bacon's main bad guy character shows real affection and guilt for his girl. Ellen Pages character is amazing. Her character brings so much energy to every scene she is in. Her involvement adds another layer and another direction to the film, and toward the end of the film, her character rocks you again. She is this positive sadistic energy to compliments Dwight's lack of lust for his whole life. The film constantly steps "Dwight's " character into the insane realm but then immediately back pedals. It's fair to compare this to kick-ass but just the last half. When Kick-ass turns from teen romance comedy into a much more serious and violent film. At first I thought this film was written by the same guy, but maybe years before kick ass. I could see the violence turning away many. There's just something raw about taking a wrench and whacking someone five or six times. The violence however is more over the top, and kinda of zombie type setup then anything. In the end most wont like this film. The entire concept of someone reaching the point in their own life they need to dress up as a super hero, is kinda sad and depressing. But its suppose to be. And the film is honest with that. Thank you
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  3. May 5, 2011
    1
    Best summed up by a reviewer in Variety who said "Waiting for Super to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself. " Take a pass on this one. Full Review »