Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: June 19, 1981 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
87
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 12 Critics
Positive:
11
Mixed:
1
Negative:
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Even more enjoyable than the original. [19 June 1981]
80
Superman II is a success, a stirring sequel to the smash of '79. Whether you will prefer it to the original is like choosing between root beer and Fresca. They're both bubbly, but the flavor is different. What the follow-up doesn't have is the epic lyricism of Richard Donner's version; it's harder edged, fleeter on its feet, less reverential. [22 June 1981, p.87]
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Washington PostGary Arnold
Superman II" gets off to a fast start (in part by recapitulating the plot of the original film in the credit sequence), only to evolve into a curiously absent-minded follow-up...What seems to have been lost is the straightforward heroic exuberance of the original film, despite Reeve's gallant and endearing efforts. [19 June 1981, p.C1]