Supergirl (1984)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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


Movie Info

Big budgeted and made to cash in on the popularity of the Superman series, this deliberately campy adventure chronicles the exploits of the Man of Steel's female counterpart. Actually Supergirl is Superman's young cousin. She came to earth accidentally after dropping an important ring. In order to fit in, she dresses up as an American high-school student. The trouble begins when a madman finds the ring, discovers its power and begins plotting to take over the world. Despite the fact the film … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Odell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2000
Runtime:
TriStar Pictures

Cast


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as Zaltar

as Alura

as Nigel

as Zor-El

as Jimmy Olsen

as Lucy Lane

as Mr. Danvers

as Mrs. Murray

as Billy Jo

as Truck Driver

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as Argonian Teacher

as Lucy's Friend

as Lucy's Friend

as Midvale Protestor

as Selena's Astral Imag...

as Pretty Young Lady

as Argonian Citizen

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Critic Reviews for Supergirl

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

This is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Most delightful of the Super-series for its good-natured disregard of narrative considerations.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it's laughing at itself?

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

With catastrophe rotting its marrow, "Supergirl" exemplifies the wisdom in waiting to ensure a great female superhero movie. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will kick down very big doors. "Supergirl" knocks itself out by heedlessly running into one.

Full Review… | January 1, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Supergirl

½

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.

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Phil Hubbs

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.

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Aj V

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!

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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