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Shazam! Reviews

April 7, 2019
After lazy reliance on phoney gravitas and blundering with its first serious stab at levity with Aquaman, DC has found a comic torch-bearer of pure heart to illuminate the path of righteousness ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2019
For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2019
It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks.
April 5, 2019
In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2019
Director David F. Sandberg remains a horror guy at heart (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), and the ping-ponging between yuks and yikes leads to a pretty nasty case of aesthetic whiplash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 5, 2019
"Shazam!" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2019
"Shazam!" is hardly a solution. But at its best, it's just deft and clever enough to not feel like part of the problem.
April 4, 2019
What "Shazam!" lacks most obviously is gravitas. And grimness. Also bleakness, darkness and relentless self-seriousness. In other words, it's terrific fun.
April 4, 2019
So beyond working as an advertisement for D.C.'s other movies, Shazam! also offers a stiflingly claustrophobic cinematic landscape, which has no point of reference outside of D.C.'s own intellectual properties.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 4, 2019
I loved the spirit and the heart of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2019
Put it this way: in terms of superhero movies, it's more fun than most, because the comedy is self-satirising. It's fairly rough around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2019
Best of all, Shazam! feels young, a world apart from that stone-cold cosmos in which self-serious villains descend upon humanity with their dumb jeweled gloves.
April 4, 2019
Shazam! is irreverent in a sweet way, not a cynical way like Deadpool. There's more reason to fear a "suitcase wedgie" (don't ask) than the threatened planetary destruction (yawn).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2019
This movie is basically "Big" with a superhero. Need I say anything more? That premise already has you in the popcorn line, right?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2019
Emphatically earns its exclamation mark, but very little rewatch value with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2019
"Shazam!" is a superhero story that's rooted in a tale of family. It's able to fly because it's so grounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2019
"Shazam!" operates as a thrilling fantasy and a comedy about the learning curve of growing up. It's also a stirring tale of the heroic potential that lies inside each of us, if only we're put to the test.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2019
The best, most complete entry yet in the new DC Comic Universe.
April 3, 2019
[A]mid the unattributed riffing, the pinballing among YA-style quaintness, perv jokes, and graphic jolts, you start to realize: "Shazam!" is pretty entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2019
Once Billy says that magic word and his supersized alter ego appears, the movie goes to its happy place and comfortably embraces its own identity as a light, jocular, modest entertainment.
April 3, 2019
We're just as invested in Billy's search for his long-lost mom as we are in his ability to jump off a skyscraper unscathed. Now that's super!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2019
Truth be told, though, one wishes the movie had a little more heft to it. It's fine, even welcome, to see a superhero exult in his abilities, and on that level, "Shazam!" is generally fun.
April 3, 2019
Shazam! is a throwback in all the right ways: a superhero tale for a simpler blockbuster era, one that is well worthy of viewers' nostalgia.
April 3, 2019
To paraphrase Jack Lipnik, the studio head in "Barton Fink": It has heart. And we need more of that in motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2019
In Shazam!, the positives outweigh the negatives. The film's fresh aspects are strong enough to keep the stale ones at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2019
But turning these tropes into jokes isn't the same thing as deconstructing them, and underneath the laughs, "Shazam!" might just be the purest distillation of the comic-book ethos to come to big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 2, 2019
Although it's technically about saving the world (again), Shazam! plays out at eye level, grounded by the belief that who people love and where they feel they belong is stakes enough.
April 2, 2019
While the story of "Shazam!" may be unwieldy at times, Levi and his kid costars make this new (to us) superhero just so gosh-darn appealing, it's hard to resist making room in our hearts for one more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2019
While Shazam! is goofier (and darker) than it may look, you'll wish its superhero came with a little more spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2019
Power by a firecracker Zachary Levi and a junior-Deadpool irreverence, Shazam is an irresistible blast of comic-book kick-ass that slaps a smile on your face that just won't quit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2019
This is the superhero movie that explains why kids love superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2019
Endearing performances... can't overcome the pedantic world-building and generic C.G.I. gyrations.
March 25, 2019
This heartfelt origin story is more than the sum of its immense charm and Spielbergian attention to detail.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 25, 2019
Shazam! is as blandly presentational as a market research PowerPoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 23, 2019
Captures the original comics' combination of breezy heroism and nutty plotting, transferred from the 1940s to the modern era with great skill.
March 23, 2019
Buoyant and unpretentious, Shazam! aims low and mostly succeeds, a kid-friendly caper powered with enough energy to keep its target audience engaged with a fun central conceit that plays like a cross between Big and Superman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2019
A welcome antidote to the usual brooding DC fare, an upbeat superhero movie that feels young at heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2019
"Shazam!" is just a lightning bolt of unexpected joy that is certainly worth your time and money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 23, 2019
Whenever Levi is on screen, wowed by his new grown-up physique (his muscles seem to have muscles) and shocked by his newly discovered powers, the movie soars.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 23, 2019
What is often the most businesslike part of a superhero origin story-establishing the hero's powers-ends up becoming the most entertaining part of Shazam!, carried along by Levi's fidgety, boyish charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 23, 2019
Supes and Bats will never die, but in Shazam, a character who's been around for seven decades and is only now breaking through into the mainstream, youngsters have a new family-friendly hero to call their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2019
"Shazam!" suggests that if you're taking a superhero's powers deadly seriously, you may not be totally connecting with the spirit of the comics. The movie says: You've got to giggle at this stuff. That's part of the adventure.
March 23, 2019
Levi is a delight in the central role, hilariously conveying the goofy adolescent within the strapping body of his musclebound superhero.