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Supernova (2000)


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 55

Critics Consensus: This is an insult to the Sci-fi genre with no excitement and bad FX.

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: This is an insult to the Sci-fi genre with no excitement and bad FX.


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 10,895



Movie Info

Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot (Robert Forster),a co-pilot (James Spader), a medical officer (Angela Bassett), a medical technician (Lou Diamond Phillips), a search and rescue paramedic (Robin Tunney), and a computer technician (Wilson Cruz). When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant … More

PG-13 (for intense sci-fi action violence and some sensuality/nudity)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
David Campbell Wilson , David C. Wilson
In Theaters:
Aug 15, 2001
MGM/UA - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Supernova

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (55) | DVD (18)

Murky and dull.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A perfectly enjoyable sci-fi thriller.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic


January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Light on originality and low on suspense.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A Frankenstein monster, with more obvious story patches, post-dubbed exposition, and missing money shots than most straight-to-video fare.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

A mission that should have been aborted long ago.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If the 20 minutes of deleted scenes on the DVD had been inserted back into the actual film, Supernova would have been much better.

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Hill disciples will no doubt find it a fascinating film.

Full Review… | February 21, 2002
Matinee Magazine

a half-baked science fiction rip-off that manages to be both excruciatingly simplistic and utterly incoherent at the same time

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

One suspects that most of the people associated with this film will be filled with regret that they ever had anything to do with it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

The script probably got sucked into a black hole.

January 1, 2000
Gay Chicago Magazine

Supernova meekly goes where other sci-fi flicks, such as Alien, have gone before.

January 1, 2000
Winnipeg Sun

Incomprehensible but blessedly brief.

January 1, 2000
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This big budget mish-mash is almost unbelievably derivative and shockingly cheap looking.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Most reminiscent of certain old Star Trek episodes, the especially horny ones in which Kirk spent most of his time in his quarters with some busty alien.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Surprisingly watchable, considering it was seemingly edited with a weed-whacker.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

...a very derivative and extremely routine would-be sci-fi thriller. The direction moves like lead in water.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

You can either get angry at having part of your night wasted, or you can heartily laugh and make fun of it on the drive home from the theater.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

'It's a bomb!' Dr. Evers gasps when she first realizes the potential power of the alien force. Any audience member will agree whole-heartedly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

Script goes supernova, black holes abound.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

As lost as the audience gets, no one in the auditorium can come close to the bewilderment exhibited by the cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Supernova


It looks like very few people like "Supernova." A spaceship that is carrying a crew of people that are involved in the medical field, picks up a mysterious drifter named Karl (Peter Facinelli). Karl is a mystery by himself, but he brought along an equally mysterious space artifact. Will Karl and this strange object prove to be a help to the medical crew, or is danger closer to being the word? I don't see where "Supernova" is that bad of a movie to be honest. Sure, it's bigtime cliched and it doesn't have a spectacular cast or acting (except by Angela Bassett), but nonetheless, it's an interesting movie with good special effects. For awhile at the beginning, it's a little slow paced and not that exciting, but once a certain enemy starts rampaging, "Supernova" gets a lot more interesting. If you like sci-fi movies in the least sense, I recommend at least watching "Supernova." Even though it's not the most original film ever made, it's not that bad. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


The first decent deep space movie I've seen in awhile. Everything is going fine for the crew, until, you guessed, they just have to answer a distress signal. They pick up a really fine chap and matters digress from there. Takes up where Alien and Dead Calm left off. NEVER pick up hitchhikers! Even in, make that ESPECIALLY in outer space!

Steve Strange

Super Reviewer

Let it be known that if Coppola had kept the scenes in the deleted scenes section in the DVD in the film I would be giving this an easy 4 stars. Not only is Coppla supposedly a hack nowadays, but he irrecoverably hurt Walter Hill's career with his attempt to make a great sci-fi more "mainstream".

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

Supernova Quotes

Karl Larson:
Stars die so that we can live. And we die so that stars can be reborn.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
Kaela Evers:
Whoever they are they're s smart as God and a lot less nice.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
Karl Larson:
The only real sin is regret.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)

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