Shazam! Reviews

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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!
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
April 3, 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.
April 2, 2019
While Shazam! is goofier (and darker) than it may look, you'll wish its superhero came with a little more spark.
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.
April 1, 2019
This is the superhero movie that explains why kids love superhero movies.
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.
March 25, 2019
Shazam! is as blandly presentational as a market research PowerPoint.
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.
March 23, 2019
A welcome antidote to the usual brooding DC fare, an upbeat superhero movie that feels young at heart.
March 23, 2019
"Shazam!" is just a lightning bolt of unexpected joy that is certainly worth your time and money.
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.
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