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
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. A marvelous toy. It's funny, it's full of tricks and it manages to be royally entertaining, which is really all it aims for.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff [Not credited]
    80
    Superman II emerges as a solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately.
  8. Reviewed by: Gary Arnold
    Jun 4, 2013
    50
    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]
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Jun 4, 2013
    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]
  10. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Manages to gain classic comic book feature status through a combination of great stunts and a great human angle.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Jun 4, 2013
    80
    A stylish, well-paced film with a good variety of moods and moves.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 285 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.