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Death of a Superhero (2012)

Death of a Superhero




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To the world around him, Donald appears to be a typical teenager. He's moody toward his parents, awkward around girls, and ambivalent about the struggle to fit in at school. But Donald also possesses an extraordinary imagination and a talent for art that sets him apart from his peers. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Donald retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life. With the help of a compassionate therapist, family and friends who care for him, and a young woman who becomes his first love, Donald decides to take advantage of his remaining days and fight against the sickness that tries to claim his life. -- (C) Tribeca Filmmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Animation, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony McCarten
In Theaters:
Box Office: $345
Tribeca Films - Official Site


Thomas Sangster
as Donald Clarke
Andy Serkis
as Dr. Adrian King
Michael McElhatton
as James Clarke
Sharon Horgan
as Renata Clarke
Ronan Raftery
as Jeff Clarke
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Critic Reviews for Death of a Superhero

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Much of this film quickly vanishes from memory, but there's some gold here. That's pretty much the message about life itself in "Death of a Superhero."

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Top Critic

Fitzgibbon's cast is excellent, and the movie's animated interludes liven up what could've been thoroughly pat.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Pic sidesteps cloying sentimentality and heavy-handedness with the help of a solid cast.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The latest release from Ian Fitzgibbon, director of A Film with Me in It, does work hard - and responsibly - at injecting colour into this most troubling of scenarios.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Irish Times

This sick-kid drama is well-made enough, but ultimately too familiar to resonate.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Death of a Superhero


very tragic and emotional drama, i've seen lotsa movies about death but this one affected me quite a bit, possibly cuz it's about a teenager dying, everything is presented realistically, with nothing really over the top, i felt all his frustrations, not just about dying, and the unfairness of that, but all the things that he'll never get to do, maybe he acted out unfairly at times, but if i was in his shoes, i cant say that i wouldnt do the same, ive always loved andy serkis in non motion capture roles, and im glad he got such a deep part here, and he does a great job, i hope he gets more roles like this, really good ending too, and good use of his drawings as an escape from reality, i highly recommend

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