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 Bros

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
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 12, 2013
Box Office: $291.0M
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Critic Reviews for Man of Steel

All Critics (290) | 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

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.

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Tony Gandía

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This was mostly flashy action and fighting scenes showcase rather than a movie itself. Where the heck did the plot, the character development, and all the dialogue go? All I remember was the streets cracking and buildings falling apart every time someone fought... because that was what happened for about 80% of the movie: fighting scenes. If you didn't actually know the story behind Superman, I don't think this would be a great introduction to it.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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