Shazam! Reviews

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February 19, 2020
It's an interesting departure for Swedish horror director David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out), who proves he has more tricks up his sleeve than just things that go bump in the night.
September 27, 2019
Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible.
May 10, 2019
...[T]his film melds the unpretentious, dreamy joys of old-time comic books with the sly, rambunctious humor of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon featurettes...
April 21, 2019
Charming, high-spirited and embraces its youthful, goofy side.
April 11, 2019
Drawing from a wealth of material with more supporting Marvels and hangers-on than can be accommodated in one film, Shazam! picks and mixes with confidence.
April 8, 2019
The stakes in Shazam! aren't quite world-endingly high but are resonant for their universality, and the film bounces well between kid-focused humor and suitably scary action sequences.
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.
April 7, 2019
There's a sense of Stranger Things camaraderie among Billy and his foster siblings, who are actually fun to spend time with, and the film's message of found family is a sweet one.
April 5, 2019
For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.
April 5, 2019
Clearly, not all heroes wear capes...it runs a tad too long...but the film delivers laughs and emotions. A refreshingly goofy superhero movie.
April 5, 2019
Something like a family film from the dying years of the first Bush administration.
April 5, 2019
This is a passable movie, lifted by the humour and by Grazer's performance. It does become stereotypical towards the end, but that, like the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, is part of the DNA of superhero films.
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
You can't help but root for a protagonist who, once he realises he has superpowers, uses them to make strangers pay for selfies with him and to pose at the top of the steps where Stallone's Rocky Balboa used to do his workouts.
April 5, 2019
At times there are elements of The Goonies about it... not world changing, but it was fun.
April 5, 2019
Goofy, often quite funny, sometimes touching, and occasionally a bit darker or nastier than I expected from a superhero movie that seems to want to skew younger than most.
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!
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.
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.
April 5, 2019
Shazam! wants to be slick & smartassy except when it suddenly chooses to be warm and sincere-like a TV commercial for some medication or life insurance. You can't have it both ways but this film repeatedly tries to do so. This movie is a muddle
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