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Superman: The Movie (1978)


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Tomatometer: 93%
Adjusted Score: 79.9
Editor's Note
"You'll believe a man can fly," promised the posters teasing director Richard Donner's affectionate adaptation of DC Comics' flagship title, and they were right; though "Superman" looks sort of quaint when viewed through 21st-century eyes, it was greeted with almost complete enthusiasm upon its release. Critics were particularly impressed with Christopher Reeve's star turn as Superman and Clark Kent, as well as the special effects and John Williams' classic score. Of course, things went downhill almost instantly for the "Superman" series -- Donner was exiled from the sequel, Richard Pryor was brought in for "Superman III," and the less said about "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," the better -- but the first installment remains one of the most enduring, best-loved comic adaptations in modern film.

Critical Consensus
Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.

This star-packed extravaganza brings the comic book legend to the screen in grand style. It begins with Superman's scientist dad sending the infant superhero down to Earth just as the home planet, Krypton...

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