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Man of Steel (2013)



Critic Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully 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, David S. Goyer, Kurt Johnstad
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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News & Interviews for Man of Steel

Critic Reviews for Man of Steel

All Critics (293) | Top Critics (52)

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

No fun costume change in a phone booth, no wowing humans with his powers and no repartee with reporter Lois Lane.

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
Us Weekly
Top Critic

[Henry Cavill's] only apparent superpower is boring the audience.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

Man of Steel chooses breakneck speed over character development, and there are times when everyone in the room will be looking at each other to see if anyone is following what's happening.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Family Home Theater

This is not a missed opportunity which rightfully elicits a sigh, but inert big-budget spectacle that is nigh deserving of contempt.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
The Film Stage

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

Audience Reviews for Man of Steel

For someone who has never been a fan of Superman as a character, this movie is not really impressive, as it relegates to flashbacks every dramatic scene that would help build him as a relatable person so that it can jump fast into action like any uninspired blockbuster.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Man of Steel Quotes

General Zod: Our damnation became our salvation.
– Submitted by Daniel O (22 months ago)
Lois Lane: Why are you surrendering to Zod?
Clark Kent/Kal-El: I'm surrendering to mankind, there's a difference.
Lois Lane: And you let them handcuff you?
Clark Kent/Kal-El: Wouldn't be much of a surrender if I ressisted, and if it makes them feel more secure and all the better for it.
– Submitted by Tristan H (22 months ago)
Clark Kent/Kal-El: My parents taught me to home my senses, Zod. Focus on just what I wanted to see, without your helmet, you're getting everything. And it hurts, doesn't it?!
– Submitted by Tristan H (23 months ago)
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Oh my god, they're terraforming.
Major Carrie Farris: What's that?
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Planetary engineering modifying the Earth's atmosphere and topography.
General Swanwick: Turning Earth into Krypton.
Major Carrie Farris: But what happens to us?
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Based on these readings, there won't be an 'us.'
– Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)

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