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Superhero Movie (2008)

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16

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 43

Superhero Movie is not the worst of the spoof genre, but relies on tired gags and lame pop culture references all the same.

7

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 14

Superhero Movie is not the worst of the spoof genre, but relies on tired gags and lame pop culture references all the same.

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32

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 156,532

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Movie Info

This spoof on the superhero genre takes on such films as "Spider-Man," "Batman Begins" and "Fantastic Four."

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Craig Mazin

Jul 8, 2008

$25.8M

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (43) | DVD (2)

There are a few lively bits, and one joke with an edge: a slap at Stephen Hawking and his computer-drone voice. Mostly, though, this is super-lame.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a bit late in the game for Superhero Movie, which was never going to fly, and barely crawls.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It looks for all the world as if writer/director Craig Mazin took the screenplay for Spider-Man, propped it up next to his MacBook, and just went through it, inserting fart gags, pratfalls and the lamest of jokes.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The very act of writing critically about Superhero inspires something of an existential crisis -- no one likely to turn out for it is reading this review, and anybody reading this review is probably not inclined to see it under any circumstances.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Puerile and idiotic it may be, but Superhero Movie is nonetheless smarter than most of its lowbrow brethren in the Hollywood sub-sub-category known as the spoof movie.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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To call Superhero Movie a satire, or even a parody, of the genre specified in its title would be misleading, since those terms imply at least an attempt at wit. But no real mockery is intended by this mindless grab bag of slightly used gags.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Tiresome, generic spoof is all about crude humor.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Não tão desastroso quanto outras imitações baratas das produções do ZAZ, mas ainda assim apelativo e irregular.

February 26, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Nothing in Superhero Movie could be described as magical, but for comic-book fans in a forgiving mood, this lowbrow outing has its moments. [Blu-ray]

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source: ON Magazine

...boasts an actual storyline and a few genuinely hilarious jokes and gags.

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Unfortunately, the film has nothing remotely interesting or satirical to say about the genre it is spoofing, so there is little to hold your attention between the gags, which do not arrive at the rapid-fire clip necessary to sustain the laughter ...

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Even though the movie made me laugh hard during some scenes, it's wildly uneven!

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

This parody film plagiarizes Spider-Man to virtually laughless effect.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Comment (1)
IGN Movies

The stench is still thick on the corpse of Meet The Spartans, but apparently filmgoers can't get enough of lame-duck lampoons from Scary Movie alumni.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

A slap in the face with a smirk. This isn't the fun it ought to be.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

This super-powered spoof just doesn't fly.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

....plays like a MAD Magazine spoof that was written on the toilet

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...the gags just lie there and die...

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This year's Superhero Movie isn't as epically bad as last year's Epic Movie, but it does provide more evidence that the spoof genre is tapped out.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Superhero Movie should be taken as a well-meaning but ultimately uneven lesson in how to handle future parodies.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Superhero Movie is the living definition of "hit or miss." Parts of it admittedly made me laugh out loud, but for every joke that scored, there were two that didn't.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comments (4)
Aisle Seat

Essentially a retread of every bad grade-school joke you're happy to have forgotten.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With jokes packed as tightly together as sliced cheese, the flick's comedy axiom seems to be: Never give the audience a pause to second-guess their laughter

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (4)
Boxoffice Magazine

While by no means a masterpiece, when Craig Mazin riffs on the "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Superhero Movie" is cause for some occasional chuckles...

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Superhero Movie

Less of a disaster than Epic Movie, but still a crappily written slapstick-cavalcade with hardly a single good joke to offer. Anyone who finds this hilarious is obviously a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Anyway, seeing as it ended up being one of the worst movies I've ever seen, my word of advice is to avoid it by any means necessary. That is, unless dopey humor and a total lack of comedic timing happens to be to your liking.
February 9, 2012
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Mike S

Super Reviewer

This movie was funny...Scary movie writen all over it. You don't know what you get when you watch a movie that says "From 2 of the 5 writers of Scary Movie"....It could be crap. It could be good...It was good this time. Not good like good...but...funny...
February 6, 2012
TheGame90
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Better than other spoof movies but it has to much of a "been there done that" far to familiar feel to it.
November 13, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Yet another spoof is trundled of the crapola production line, this time its superhero movies that get it....as if they needed it. The whole thing is so so predictable you feel as if you've seen it many times before..and you have. The jokes and prat falls are all the same, the characters are unfunny and all the same and the look is tacky. I really really can't understand why they continue with these, do people really watch em and like em??

The cast in this film is slightly higher than previous efforts, Neilsen is back to add a very slight touch of humour and Tambor, Spiner and David try their best to make this something it isn't...a decent comedy.
The ONLY high point in the entire film is a rather good impersonation of Tom Cruise for a news reel sequence (about 1min long). Its actually extremely good and pretty funny, whoever does it has nailed Cruise perfectly and even looks very similar. That with about two good lines from Neilsen is it. Rent only..maybe.
October 31, 2011
phubbs1

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