Superman Returns

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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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 356
  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. AlanhH.
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    As good as they are, the heart of the movie isn't the special effects, it's the love story which for comic book characters is As good as they are, the heart of the movie isn't the special effects, it's the love story which for comic book characters is remarkably touching. And, for once in current movies, everyone acts like a decent person (except, of course, the villain). To put it another way, unlike most such movies, they act like adults. And everyone ends up doing the right thing. As one reviewer remarked, it's the most truly adult superhero movie ever. And not in the sense of being unpleasant and dark like the over-rated Batman Begins. Rather, it's both moving and life affirming. Expand
  3. LaurieV.
    Jul 17, 2006
    9
    This isn't the same Clark, Lois and Superman from 1 and 2 -- this are the *real* characters, the way I always imagined them, set in a This isn't the same Clark, Lois and Superman from 1 and 2 -- this are the *real* characters, the way I always imagined them, set in a beautiful movie. Singer is a genius. Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2015
    6
    Superman Returns is by no means a terrible film it has some good cinematography, action sequences, some neat visual effects, some good humour,Superman Returns is by no means a terrible film it has some good cinematography, action sequences, some neat visual effects, some good humour, Brandon Routh looks great as superman and Kevin spacey nails it as Lex Luthor but the film just has some of the most bland and cookie cutter of characters and plot points, Brandon Routh has no charisma as Clark Kent the same goes for Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, The film puts way to little focus on Clark Kent and decides to make it more about the even less interesting Lois Lane, Lex Luthor's motivations as to what he wants to do in this film is very unclear and lastly the film has many continuity and superman Loir errors that is to long of a list to mention.
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  5. VinceT.
    Jul 7, 2006
    5
    For a movie viewed by many young children, living together and having children out of wedlock reflecting the sloppy morals of our time seems For a movie viewed by many young children, living together and having children out of wedlock reflecting the sloppy morals of our time seems less than appropriate. That aside, the viuals were great but the story rather "dark". One would expect to leave the theatre feeling happier after watching a Superman movie. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2013
    3
    Brandon Routh falls flat on his steel face. While if it wasn't about Superman, this may be a good film. But it IS about Superman. The mostBrandon Routh falls flat on his steel face. While if it wasn't about Superman, this may be a good film. But it IS about Superman. The most action going on in this film is when he gets shot in the eye. And unfortunately for anyone watching the movie, the movie doesn't end there. All i take away from this film are 3 things. 1) This plot has more holes than Swiss Cheese, 2) Brandon Routh sucks, and 3) Superman is a crappy parent. 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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