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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    The best Hollywood movies always knew how to sneak a beguiling subtext into a crowd-pleasing story. Superman Returns is in that grand tradition. That's why it's beyond Super. It's superb.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Grandly conceived and sensitively drawn.
  3. 88
    Bryan Singer's super, soulful and very expensive new resurrection of the venerable big-screen franchise, ups the ante with must-see results.
  4. The new Superman has its visionary charms, but there's only so far you can go without great characters.
  5. The fanboy in me loves it, being wrapped in the warm projected glow of nostalgia for a movie I've memorized since age 9.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    The film's most striking repeated effect, in which the caped hero dangles dejectedly in space as the Earth turns below him, emphasizes the passivity and loneliness of the character: This Superman's version of flight seems almost indistinguishable from a helpless freefall. Fair enough, but what's he got to be so existentially glum about?
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    The bigger problem is that Singer’s weighty rhythms are disastrous for Superman, and the movie actually gets heavier in its last half-hour.

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  1. Negative: 92 out of 349
  1. StacieM
    Oct 2, 2008
    10
    Superman with such passion, vigor, and release of infinite power, he graciously fly's and fights his emotions through obstacles.He is a Superman with such passion, vigor, and release of infinite power, he graciously fly's and fights his emotions through obstacles.He is a man who holds the world and knows what he should do to help the ones he loves and others then himself. Awesome film. Anyone who has not seen the power of this film should experience it.. Expand
  2. Melanie
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    Great summer movie! Brandon Routh does an excellent job playing Superman.
  3. Bostondog567
    Jul 17, 2006
    9
    Awesome, a truly inspiring take on the superman genre. Great for kids and adults alike. Special effects are some of the best ever put to Awesome, a truly inspiring take on the superman genre. Great for kids and adults alike. Special effects are some of the best ever put to film. Routh is exceptional, and portrays a true man of steal. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2014
    6
    Superman Returns: 6 out of 10: This movie is definitely missing the spark that made the first two Supermans fun. (Superman 3 was pretty awfulSuperman Returns: 6 out of 10: This movie is definitely missing the spark that made the first two Supermans fun. (Superman 3 was pretty awful and Superman 4 is one of the worst films of all time). Superman comes across as a bit of a jerk and a bully in this film and the franchise isn't all that better for it.

    Superman has gone away for five years in a plot contrivance that threatens to sink the film before it can begin. The claim is that he is seeking the remains of his home world (Not to sound like a comic book geek but he if gets his powers from our yellow sun he shouldn't be flying past Pluto let alone halfway across the galaxy.) He comes back, sort of says hi to mom, tortures his poor loyal dog with a tennis ball and heads to the big city where he stalks his ex-girlfriend Lois whom he didn't even tell he was leaving and who has clearly gone on with her life.

    And I'm not exaggerating the stalking. Superman hangs outsider her house using superpowers to snoop like some DC comics version of a cautionary Lifetime movie.

    Lex Luthor is also back with another stupid plan though Kevin Spacey does play the character well and a talented Parker Posey fills both the Otis and Mrs. Teschmacher shoes.

    Both leads (Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth) have zero chemistry with each other and considering they were passionate lovers their conversations are pretty stunted and mundane.

    The action sequences are decent but the whole film seems to drag at two and a half hours and there is a distinct lack of joy. (You know something fun like everyone putting their Kryptonite up on E-bay, or Superman dating a supermodel to make Lois jealous that kind of thing everyone seems so damn melancholy.) Speaking of melancholy I noticed that Superman never asked about any disasters he didn't prevent while he was on his so called vacation. Maybe a trip over lower Metropolis to see Ground Zero would have given him a reason for all the moping.
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  5. RobertSt.G.
    Jul 6, 2006
    5
    Singer had the chance here to "recreate" Superman; instead, he made a re-make of the 70's version. Sadly, the end product is very Singer had the chance here to "recreate" Superman; instead, he made a re-make of the 70's version. Sadly, the end product is very disappointing and the plot? has more holes in it than quality Swiss Cheeze (sic). I would have hoped that they would have "borrowed" from the excellent character development of the Superman character from Smallville and made Superman more Human, more angsty (sic) and, well, more like a Marvel character than the namby-pamby goody two-shoes DC superheros; nah... See it on the big screen for some of the F/X, but don't be expecting to be impressed overall by the film. The true bright spot is Kevin Spacey. Expand
  6. TaimurA.
    Jun 20, 2008
    3
    If you read the comments of the critics its quite obvious that they are all a bunch of idiots. any one who calls this film "superb" is If you read the comments of the critics its quite obvious that they are all a bunch of idiots. any one who calls this film "superb" is retarded. superman 1 and 2 are still etched in peoples minds. SR however is one of the most forgettable movies of all time. some scenes were okay, So? I also hate the fact that each time we saw superman fly, it was a fake superman, as in, it was a digital reproduction, not the actual actor. I therefore could not connect with superman at all. i connected with chris reeves, because it was him doing the flying and he did it beautifuly. bottom line...they messed up...big time! Expand
  7. BobS.
    Jun 24, 2006
    0
    This was full of it!!!! It was the most boring movie that i have ever seen!!! boooooooo!!!!

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