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Supergirl (1984)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 23

The effects are cheesy and Supergirl's wide-eyed, cheery heroine simply isn't interesting to watch for an hour and a half.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

The effects are cheesy and Supergirl's wide-eyed, cheery heroine simply isn't interesting to watch for an hour and a half.



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A big-budget spin-off from the series of three successful Superman movies, this film stars Helen Slater as the counterpart to the famous comic-book superhero. Supergirl is Kara, Superman's young cousin. She is sent to Earth is search of a Krypton power source, a lost ring that has been turned into a paperweight. She disguises herself as Linda Lee, a meek high-school student. Peter O'Toole is Zaltar, a mad villain who wants to use the power of the ring to take over the world. Faye Dunaway plays


Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

David Odell

Aug 8, 2000

TriStar Pictures

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Screenplay is filled with witty lines and enjoyable characters, but Jeannot Szwarc's direction is rather flat.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Most delightful of the Super-series for its good-natured disregard of narrative considerations.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it's laughing at itself?

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Miss Slater makes a four-square heroine of unrelenting sincerity; a sturdy ingenue, she is great fun to look at but hardly a live wire.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Female superhero can't save this '80s clunker.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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a big fat what the f-word

February 18, 2008

Jeannot Szwarc's direction is flat and uninspired, emphasizing the jokey elements without any sense at all for the material.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The plain fact is that director Jeannot Szwarc turns in a movie so ludicrous and overblown that it skips right over any semblance of logic and into a self-absorbed flight of fancy.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Boils down to a sexist catfight between two fairly powerful women for the affections of a fashionably unshaven landscaper.

January 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

The tagline -- "Her first great adventure." -- is wrong in at least three ways.

December 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Still something appealing about it. It's "so bad it's good", if you will. That could be the fittingly cast Helen Slater as Supergirl and her alter-ego Linda Lee, it could be the fun escapist fare of a film such as this or it could be the fact that it's t

May 12, 2005 | Comments (2)


January 30, 2005

The Girl of Steel deserves a better movie, and a better actress to play her. Slater is very cute and looks good in the tights, but is far too wooden. Plot is utterly ridiculous.

March 19, 2003

Slater's adorable, but the movie is an ungainly mess

August 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Cornball camp classic.

May 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The effects are dull and the film tends to drag.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Supergirl

After the third and rather dismal 'Superman' film we got this spin off from the franchise about Superman's cousin. To be totally honest any film revolving around spin off characters you know to be weary of, Superboy, Supergirl, Superdog etc...could easily be duff outcomes if created. However this film is actually a surprisingly good offering which I don't think did any harm a tall.

The main reason for this is the good casting, in my books. Slater as 'Supergirl' is a great choice as she not only looks the part but does a decent job portraying the character too. The Salkind's made the right choice in going with an unknown just as they did with Reeve and for me it really shines through. The casting of Dunaway as the evil 'Selena' is again another great choice because Dunaway does the bitch thing really well and she also has a brilliant presence as the evil sorcerer, a perfect fit.

Marc McClure back again as 'Olsen' gives the film some needed credit and believability within the Superman franchise and Maureen Teefy is also solid as 'Lois Lane's' younger sister. Everyone else is your standard background fluff and could of been played by many, harsh but true. Such a shame the Reeve cameo never happened as that would have been sweet.

The rest of the film is naturally pretty obvious plot wise but it does exactly what you would expect for the franchise. What I like about this is the fact all the effects are still just about on par with the Superman films, Slater flying, hovering and performing super feats looks fine, it doesn't look hokey (for the time). Doesn't have the overall shine of course but it still does the job well if you ask me, apart from the 'Argo City' sets at the start maybe.

We also get some nice background work/info on 'Argo City', 'the Phantom Zone' (finally) and the Omegahedron serves well for the story, it all ties in within the whole franchise nicely. What I mean by that is, it looks as if it could fit within the 'Superman' films without an issue.

Looking back now it is of course hammy but its still a fun adventure, I enjoyed it more when I was a kid admittedly. Supergirl looks cute but cool in her outfit and does a much better job of disguising herself with her alter ego of 'Lisa' than Superman did, at least she actually looked different. Kinda yearns for the Superman score but I guess that wouldn't be right I suppose.

Only thing, 'Argo City' is in space right? and on 'Krypton' right? so how does it still exist for this film?. Also at the end Supergirl flies into the sea to get back there, soooo is 'Argo City' under the sea? is there a portal she went through down there? is 'Argo City' in another dimension? am I being thick here of what?? kinda lost me on that one.
March 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

Finally Supergirl gets a movie! If you love the comics and the Superman movies, you should check this movie out. Not that it's a classic or anything, actually I love it because it's so bad that it's good. Plus, I love Slater as Supergirl, she's cool.
January 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not great, but one star for Peter Cook, one star for Marc McClure linking the 'super' films as Jimmy and 2 stars for Helen Slater being so damn sexy in a short skirt and red boots!
September 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

Although the story isn't very good and the bad guy was lame I thought this was a decent flick.
The flying scenes were decent and the casting of Helen Slater was a good one. The problem was that the script was silly and the villain was a joke. Most of the action scenes were a little weak as well.
One of the cool things in the flick was the first look inside the Phantom Zone.
The music was also very good and gave a nice feel to the overall movie.
February 6, 2008

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    1. Selena: What good is a sword if it's not unleashed?
    – Submitted by Paul K (18 months ago)
    1. Kara/Linda Lee: I am Kara of Argo City, daughter Of Alura and Zo-rel...and I don't scare easily.
    – Submitted by Sammy B (22 months ago)
    1. Lucy Lane: Hey, you dingleberry! Get outta the street!
    – Submitted by Paul K (2 years ago)
    1. Bianca: My dear Nigel, the way to a woman's heart is through the elmination of her rivals.
    – Submitted by Paul K (2 years ago)
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