Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    With his perfect pacing, elegant narrative design, and depth of characterization, Richard Lester has made as good a matinee movie as could be imagined: it's a big, generous, beautifully crafted piece of entertainment, with the distinctive Lester touch in the busy backgrounds and the throwaway dialogue.
  2. 100
    It brings the fantastic into our everyday lives; it delights in showing us the reaction of the man on the street to Superman's latest stunt.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    It boasts a more consistent tone, better special effects (such as villains throwing buses around like paper planes), and even an affecting love story.
  4. 88
    Superman II delivers on the promise hinted at in "Superman." Which is the better film? That's a hard choice to make, since both succeed in different ways.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    88
    Poking fun at its American mythos, but never descending into camp comedy, this sequel makes for a wonderful time.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 288 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 95
  2. Negative: 25 out of 95
  1. Oct 7, 2010
    3
    Just the thought of this film being above the Godfather part1 and 2 is unbelievably angers me.We have two masterpieces and many more(like LOTRJust the thought of this film being above the Godfather part1 and 2 is unbelievably angers me.We have two masterpieces and many more(like LOTR and Patton) being rated lower than this cheesy action flick.I don't think it should even be included in the High Scores list because there are just 7 reviews. Full Review »
  2. CrisenM.
    May 20, 2009
    10
    Loved it!
  3. JustinL
    Sep 8, 2008
    4
    Overated, only top 100 because there's only 6 positive reviews. If there were at least 20, then it would even things out a bit.