'Superman Returns' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   24 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   262 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    100
    The cinematic rebirth of Superman could not have been put in abler hands. Director Bryan Singer has taken us soaring back into the sky.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    I wish that Superman Returns were more original, and (in its first 45 minutes) better paced, but Singer, after two X-Men films, is now a commanding orchestrator of pop spectacle.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Where once the Man of Steel flew up, up and away, in a leaden new film he flies down, down, down, sent from above to save mankind from its sins.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    The battle is won: but only just.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    It's good to have him back, even if he is a bit more fragile.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The much ballyhooed movie, far from great and far from short (2 1/2 hours!), is still great fun.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    A generally thrilling entertainment that's not quite the grand slam you want it to be.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    The movie has an undercurrent of personal drama that leaves you with a lump in your throat and an urgent need to see Superman return again.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    While his movie can be cumbersome, it's consistently alive, and that is saying a lot when many such productions are dead in the water, on land or in the air. Also, how can you resist the charm of a fantasy in which everyone gets his news from newspapers?
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    The world needs him, all right, and it should welcome his Return.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    Superman Returns' real hero is director Singer. He gives us a movie that is mellow when it should be and rousing when it should be. That can't have been an easy juggling act.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The main point of Superman Returns is that Singer spends 2 1/2 hours avoiding a franchise-size fumble.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The final scenes would make Wagner check his watch. It's not that the movie is 157 minutes; it's that it feels like 157 minutes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Picture my disappointment as I realized that, for all the pizzazz of Superman Returns, its global weapon of choice would not be terrorism, or nuclear piracy, or dirty bombs. It would be real estate.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    [In] isolated moments Singer honors the myth and finds a fresh way to dramatize it. The director is scheduled to do a sequel, to be released in 2009. Maybe in that one we'll get more magic along with the reverence.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    What could possibly justify making a Superman movie that runs 154 minutes? Plenty of films last longer, but their characters are generally sharp enough to recognize a guy with or without his glasses.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    This Superman is good. Very good.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    It delivers all the thrills, suspense and amazement fans could demand of a comic book story, leaping from scene to scene with superheroic agility.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Superman Returns is arguably the most expensive film ever made, and yet you leave the theater thinking, wow, those Spider-Man movies are really good.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Superman Returns careens along at wild speeds while still stopping for thoughtful moments.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Strictly for fans on school vacation.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Sure to rate with aficionados alongside Spider-Man 2 and, for many, Batman Begins on the short list of best superhero spectaculars.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    A beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant and heavily nostalgic Man of Steel guaranteed to appeal to several generations of Superman fans.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
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