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Superman Returns Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
June 12, 2013
Would have benefited greatly from Singer trusting his talent and assembling a Superman movie that attempted to soar beyond the heights previously achieved decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

July 12, 2010
For all the mountains of kryptonite ranged against him, you never fear for Superman or Lois Lane, never experience anything more intense than the fret of mild peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Huver
July 6, 2010
Superman Returns is a great kick start to a potentially knockout new franchise, which ultimately leaves the audience, like the people of Metropolis when its greatest hero returns to the skies, brimming with hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
July 6, 2010
One of this summer's best action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Kohn
Reverse Shot
July 6, 2010
The movie runs nearly half an hour longer than it should, with a new plot strand introduced in the third act that has questionable vitality in the presumed sequel.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
More stolid than awe-inspiring
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
None of which would register if Routh weren't a Superman whom if we don't need we can at least feel for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Underneath its mechanical safety and mild-manners, this movie does have some heart and some muscle. You'll come to like having it around, even if you thought you'd already moved on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Biodrowski
July 7, 2008
Superman Returns feels eager to please, and it frequently succeeds, but despite its best intentions, it seldom soars to the height of 1978's Superman: The Movie
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Superman Returns is a bombastic, rousing, explosive burst of summer fun and fantasy, enriched by its predecessors and rejuvenated by the new blood and slavish religious devotion of director Bryan Singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007
Solid and emotionally direct but not the concussive powerhouse many will be hoping for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 6, 2007
the tragedy of 9/11 and Lois' super sex with the 'man of steel' are two major selling points of the film, but they remain as sublimated as Clark Kent's secret identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Ignore the hype, ignore the budget, ignore the expectations, sit back, relax and let Superman return.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Cape May Beachcomber
June 16, 2007
The Man of Steel as a morally-compromised and ethically-challenged figure has the potential to be quite compelling, but if and only if he is portrayed as confronting his demons in a more meaningful way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 27, 2007
better than 3 and 4
| Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2007
May be the most reverent superhero film ever made.
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Singer has crafted a generally exciting and dazzling entertainment.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
It's too long, but then so-called 'event movies' always have been.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
Resembling Reeve both physically and vocally, Routh certainly has large red boots to fill. And he fills them admirably
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 14, 2006
Yes, the new Superman Returns movie flies. It just doesn't soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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