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Super 8 (2011)



Critic Consensus: It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.

Movie Info

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci -fi action and violence, language and some drug use.)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: J.J. Abrams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 22, 2011
Box Office: $127.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Kyle Chandler
as Jackson Lamb
Elle Fanning
as Alice Dainard
Joel Courtney
as Joe Lamb
Ron Eldard
as Louis Dainard
Zach Mills
as Preston
Amanda Michalka
as Jen Kaznyk
Jessica Tuck
as Mrs. Kaznyk
Andrew Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths
as Benji Kaznyk
Glynn E. Turman
as Dr. Woodward
Britt Flatmo
as Peg Kaznyk
Amanda Foreman
as Lydia Connors, Ch. ...
Brett Rice
as Sheriff Pruitt
Michael Giacchino
as Deputy Crawford
Jack Axelrod
as Mr. Blakely
Ben Gavin
as Deputy Milner
Jay Scully
as Deputy Skadden
Michael Hitchcock
as Deputy Rosko
James Hebert
as Deputy Tally
Teri Clark Linden
as Mrs. Babbit
Tom Quinn
as Mr. McCandless
Katherine Yerves
as Woman in Office
Caitriona Balfe
as Elizabeth Lamb
Koa Melvin
as Baby Joe
Tom Williams
as Flame Thrower
Bingo O'Malley
as Mr. Harkin
Tony Guma
as Sergeant Walters
Robert B. Quiroz
as Boy in EVAC
Jason Brooks
as Air Force Security
Tim Griffin
as Commando
Marco Sanchez
as Hernandez
Emerson Brooks
as Military Bus Driver
Jonathan Dixon
as Airman Nevil
Patrick St. Esprit
as Weapons Commander
Greg Grunberg
as Sitcom Actor
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News & Interviews for Super 8

Critic Reviews for Super 8

All Critics (270) | Top Critics (47)

Super 8 is accomplished commercial filmmaking.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

An idealistic and powerful summer film with great characters and a wonderful script.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

While it may not achieve the level of pop culture canonization as the Spielberg films it invokes, Super 8 should inspire many to use their camera-phones for something more creative than a profile pic.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It wants to be Spielberg, needs to be Spielberg, begs to be Spielberg. But this ain't Spielberg.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Great action sequences and a touching story make Super 8 a great summer blockbuster.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

This Spielbergian misstep by J. J. Abrams attempts to be the emotional coming-of-age equivalent of Stand by Me but instead winds up as a cacophonous mishmash of Goonies and War of the Worlds.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for Super 8


Amazing fun right out of the 70's. An excellent cast with top quality young and old creating one of the best movies ive seen in a long time. Like most reviews have said this is a loving homage to the Goonies, Stand By Me, ET all of the above. Just a wonderful movie with a few jumps, a few laughs and ton of good old fashion summer movie fun!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This intriguing adventure is a nostalgic return to the late '70s and early '80s of Spielberg's movies. But even if it offers exhilarating visual effects and solid performances, the poor script gets ruined by a lame ending that comes with a cheesy resolution for all the conflicts.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

J.J. Abrams' most boring project. There's hardly even any aliens/monsters on screen to justify it as an Abrams-Spielberg film. A profound let-down for fans of these two giants.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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