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  1. America's favorite superhero reappears in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, and all we can say is, "Man, oh Man of Steel, it's good to have you back."
  2. 90
    Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is.
  3. 88
    Superman Returns is not only a credit to the first two Superman movies; it may be the best of the series. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is unparalleled in superhero comic book-to-movie sagas.
  4. The film has such an expansive, likeable spirit.
  5. The much ballyhooed movie, far from great and far from short (2 1/2 hours!), is still great fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    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
    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: 92 out of 347
  1. StacieM
    Oct 2, 2008
    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
    Great summer movie! Brandon Routh does an excellent job playing Superman.
  3. Bostondog567
    Jul 17, 2006
    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
    Superman 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.
  5. LeeC.
    Jul 5, 2006
    Way overrated! Lousy plot and a messy portrayal of Lois Lane by Bosworth. i'd pick X3 over this one anytime.
  6. ScottD
    Dec 17, 2006
    Very boring... I kept watching hoping to see a big action scene and it never comes. Its a long boring movie.
  7. BobS.
    Jun 24, 2006
    This was full of it!!!! It was the most boring movie that i have ever seen!!! boooooooo!!!!

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