Superman II

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87

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics What's this?

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 342 Ratings

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  • Summary: A trio of Krypton villains threaten havoc on Earth, while Superman and Lois Lane are just becoming involved in a long awaited love affair -- an affair which may cost Superman his super powers. [Warner Bros.]

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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. 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. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Jun 4, 2013
    80
    A stylish, well-paced film with a good variety of moods and moves.
  5. Newsweek
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. Washington Post
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 100
  2. Negative: 25 out of 100
  1. James
    Jun 21, 2006
    10
    Better than the first.
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    The best out of the QUADRILOGY LOVED IT SOO MUCH!!! Great Cast, Great Bad guy, Great Lines, Great super AND A GREATThe best out of the QUADRILOGY LOVED IT SOO MUCH!!! Great Cast, Great Bad guy, Great Lines, Great super AND A GREAT DIRECTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RICHARD DONNER DID IT AGAIN!!! Expand
  3. CrisenM.
    May 20, 2009
    10
    Loved it!
  4. JamesH
    Nov 24, 2009
    7
    Very entertaining, it has a lightness about it and plenty of action. Winning performances, excellent score and in 1980 the special effects Very entertaining, it has a lightness about it and plenty of action. Winning performances, excellent score and in 1980 the special effects were great. Expand
  5. MarkT.
    Jun 14, 2007
    5
    Definitely a flaw in the polling. There should be a rule that movies with less than 10 reviews do not get to be included in the ratings list Definitely a flaw in the polling. There should be a rule that movies with less than 10 reviews do not get to be included in the ratings list of "best" and "worst" of all time. This is just kinda silly. Look at all of the others it has jumped over. A real head-shaker. Expand
  6. DevinB
    Dec 3, 2006
    4
    Okay... this is not the second best movie ever. I'd seriously doubt if this movie would make the list of the top 1000 films of all time. Okay... this is not the second best movie ever. I'd seriously doubt if this movie would make the list of the top 1000 films of all time. This is mediocre, dumbly campy hogwash. Even the first Superman movie wasn't THAT good. Expand
  7. AnonymousMC
    Oct 21, 2006
    0
    If there could be one reason why Metacritic is so unpopular than it is this- they lie. This movie, when you average the mere 7 reviews If there could be one reason why Metacritic is so unpopular than it is this- they lie. This movie, when you average the mere 7 reviews receives only a 91. And, in addition to that, it is not ever a great movie. It cannot be placed so high by such a biased website. What a terrible thing! Expand

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