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Man of Steel (2013)



Critic Consensus: Man of Steel provides exhilarating action and spectacle to overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.

Movie Info

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Nolan, Kurt Johnstad, Kurt Johnstad, David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 12, 2013
Box Office: $291.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Henry Cavill
as Clark Kent/Kal-El
Amy Adams
as Lois Lane
Michael Shannon
as General Zod
Diane Lane
as Martha Kent
Harry Lennix
as General Swanwick
Kevin Costner
as Jonathan Kent
Ayelet Zurer
as Lara Lor-Van
Laurence Fishburne
as Perry White
Dylan Sprayberry
as Clark Kent (13 Years...
Cooper Timberline
as Clark Kent (9 Years)
Christopher Meloni
as Colonel Hardy
Richard Schiff
as Dr. Emil Hamilton
Antje Traue
as Faora-Ul
Mary Black
as Ro-Zar
Samantha Jo
as Car-Vex
Michael Kelly
as Steve Lombard
Christina Wren
as Major Carrie Farris
David Lewis
as Major Laramore
Tahmoh Penikett
as Jed Eubanks
Doug Abrahams
as Heraldson
David Paetkau
as Northcom Threat Anal...
Elizabeth Thai
as Northcom Threat Anal...
Ian Rozylo
as Northcom Threat Anal...
Alessandro Juliani
as Officer Sekowsky
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Canadian Airman
Mike Dopud
as Canadian Airman
Jack Foley
as Teenage Pete Ross
Jadin Gould
as Lana Lang
Robert Gerdisch
as Whitney Fordham
Coburn Goss
as Father Leone
Lesley Bevan
as Ms. Rampling
Chad Krowchuk
as Glen Woodburn
Ian Tracey
as Ludlow
Carmen Lavigne
as Chrissy - Waitress
Heidi Kettenring
as Helen Ross
Sally Elting
as Student
Joseph Cranford
as Pete Ross
Clint Carleton
as Roughneck
Mark Gibbon
as Roughneck
Stuart Ambrose
as A-10 Pilot
Tom Nagel
as A-10 Pilot
Jackson Berlin
as F-35 Pilot
George Canyon
as F-35 Pilot
Kyle Riefsnyder
as Little Bird Gunship ...
Aaron Smolinski
as Communications Offic...
Carla Gugino
as Voice of Kelor
Bruce Bohne
as Ace O'Clubs Bartende...
Rowen Kahn
as Ken Braverman
Robert Moloney
as News Show Host
Sean Campbell
as Bar Buddy
Aaron Pearl
as Bar Buddy
Rebecca Spence
as Young Mother
Joe Minoso
as Metropolis Policeman
Brian King
as Train Station Family...
Madison Moran
as Train Station Family...
Gabe Darley
as Train Station Family...
Bridgett Newton
as Train Station Family...
Dan Aho
as FBI Agent
Ronald W. Gibbs
as FBI Agent
Christopher Palermo
as Sergeant Vance
Edmundo Raul Sanchez
as Smallville Gas Stati...
Nicolas W. VonZill
as Council Member
Allison Crowe
as Singer at Cassidy's
Nick Touchie
as Coastal Villager
Eileen Touchie
as Coastal Villager
Malcom Scott
as Tractor Repair Shop ...
David Lewis
as Major Laramore
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Critic Reviews for Man of Steel

All Critics (289) | Top Critics (51)

Christliness has always been an element of the Superman myth. But this film's near literal insistence upon it becomes absurd since director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer don't dramatize the analogy, they presume it.

Full Review… | December 21, 2013
Top Critic

A movie about the clash of gods should feel more epic, more awestruck, less in a hurry to get to the next uninspired plot point.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

The plot's sci-fi gobbledygook gets awfully unwieldy, and I wish the colors had popped instead of settling for such dreary realism. But this is a movie with a big heart, just like its hero.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Clark's multiple father-and-son tales are beautifully realized and it's a very fun movie to watch. However, the romance is shallow.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

...while it doesn't achieve the brilliance of the modern Batman franchise, and while it certainly has a few flaws... the action is undeniably well-done and there are still good character bits throughout.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014

A robotic exercise in moviemaking that will no doubt satisfy the requirements of millions of distracted moviegoers who no longer require absolute engagement to be entertained-and who might, in fact, prefer exactly that.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

Audience Reviews for Man of Steel

A most difficult proposition here: a story over 50 years old that you want to enjoy but may be inclined not to (you've probably got a favorite already) - they've got to win us over. How to do that, keeping it fresh, while touching on all the familiar-as-your-own-family elements demanded by the never-to-be-denied true believers? The stars deliver, drawing us into a story made fresh by focusing on the inherent immigration aspect of it : like most Americans, Supes comes from someplace else originally and has to decide whether he's American or not. Particularly good are Adams as Lane, Costner and Lane as Pa and Ma Kent, and Traue as one mean b-tch. Crowe and Cavill have the biggest jobs, stepping into the shoes - and yet out of the shadow - of huge cultural icons.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Compared to what 'Superman Returns' offered in 2006, 'Man of Steel' come back with a stronger power to drawn the audiences attention by having a well-named director and incredible cast with a more interesting story too.. Henry Cavill gave a strong performance as Clark Kent with another lovely performance from Amy Adams as Lois Lane, but the star of this movie is no other than Michael Shannon who successfully as before portraying a ruthless villain in the name of General Zod.. Overall, since I haven't watched the original Superman in 1980's, this version is way better than 'Superman Returns' but just good not that great nor amazing..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

It's hard to not pass judgment on a film without comparing it to its predecessors if the source material is well known. Unfairly or not, a critique of "Man of Steel" has to be helped or sullied by the muscle memory invoked by versions past. And with some past versions of "Superman" being quite good, it puts "Steel" in the precarious position of having some pretty big shoes to fill.

The film just struggles. You can feel the film struggling. Even with the things it does right, "Steel" labors to be interesting and in many ways creates a mess for itself.

Let's start with what it has rewritten. It has given Lois Lane (the miscast Amy Adams) and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) "more" to do and with that it effectively gives Superman/Clark (a stiff but physically perfect Henry Cavill) a lot less to do making him not as compelling in the story as he should be. And despite Lois' increased role, she's pretty inconsequential.

And those are just the few character shortcomings in the film. There are many others you can quibble with but the films biggest problem? It's boring. As nonsensical as it seems that a film with such extraordinary subject matter is so boring, it inexplicably is. Even the scenes with awesome effects like the great fight sequence between Superman and his two Kryptonian opponents is hampered by the corniest exposition dialogue. But the action sequences save the film from being a disaster.

Too bad Zach Snyder directed this film as his penchant for flashy visual effects without any substance hurts the film. He seems to not understand how to effectively use his camera to best showcase humanity. What he fails to understand with this and his other films is that it is not just an actors job to invoke substance, he needs to pace films to let humanity show appropriately. He needs to stage scenes to showcase these moments. He's too consumed by dazzling the eye and ear that he forgets about dazzling the brain.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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