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Superman Returns Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 6, 2006
There's no spark. No life. A chuckle here or there but no romantic tension, no wit, no inspiration.
| Original Score: 2.25/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2006
This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 3, 2006
This latest movie based on the D.C. comic comes off like a harlequin novel-cum-Christian pageant set in a planetarium.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 28, 2006
He remembered the cape, the spandex, the shiny boots and the big red S on his chest, but wait. . . . Where's the personality?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
More stolid than awe-inspiring
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 29, 2006
A good performance by Routh, solid production values and great action can't overcome a heavy-handed script, weak characters and poor pacing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 26, 2006
Where once the Man of Steel flew up, up and away, in a leaden new film he flies down, down, down, sent from above to save mankind from its sins.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
June 29, 2006
The writing of SUPERMAN RETURNS is full of holes and the film is poorly edited. Audiences may respond to the film's look at Superman's personal life, still superficial, but at greater depth than in the past.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 26, 2006
Its deliberate lack of originality is demoralizing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
June 27, 2006
Winds up failing on such a colossal level that the dispensing of parts three and four takes on an ignorance that rivals the reign of the Salkinds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 28, 2006
For me the length was the real killer, if it was cut to 80 or so minutes and made with more of a spontaneous joy I think I could have jumped on board.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
June 29, 2006
It's great to know that Superman can still fly, but it's more fun when we know what he's thinking and feeling as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rubin Safaya
June 30, 2006
Routh isn't given much else to do except act as a Flying Plot Device... Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane is a study in the art of still life.
Dan Jardine
June 30, 2006
Well-intentioned, sure, but in the end, clumsy, inept and ineffectual
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
July 13, 2006
Filme auto-indulgente e sem ritmo que transforma o Homem de Ašo em um galŃ sem personalidade.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 26, 2006
An action sequence isn't just about spectacular visions but about making audiences care about those visuals, about what they mean for the characters. There, Superman Returns comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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