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Spawn Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2016
Ends up feeling like every other mid-budget comic book movie from the second half of the 1990s, and that was a uniquely dispiriting moment for such things.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2016
This barely coherent hunk of junk is like a cheap horror film with only a suggestion of the grisliness that appeals to fans of cheap horror films.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
Has aged about as well as a banana in the sweltering sun...
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 8, 2012
As a movie, 'Spawn' can't make up its mind what it wants to be any more than its protagonist knows who he is or what he wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

July 12, 2010
What it doesn't have is much of a plot.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 12, 2010
It's simply a parade of toys and tricks, without a jot of playfulness, knowing humour or campery to endear itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 12, 2010
Most of the rest of the cast suffocates beneath mountains of special-effects makeup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
The film gives you the pleasurably junky sensation of living inside an apocalyptic videogame.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
A moodily malevolent, anything-goes revenge fantasy that relies more upon special visual and digitally animated effects for its intended appeal than any comics-derived sci-fier to date.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
The movie definitely lost something in the translation.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2007
This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness -- and may achieve it.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dippé, an old SFX hand, needs to think about how to tell a story.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 7, 2004
A would-be cult film carefully constructed from parts of other cult films.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
January 13, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
An ugly, ugly film that makes no sense.
| Original Score: 0/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
Great literature hardly ever translates to the screen ...
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Spawn is a far from perfect movie, but interesting enough to make me look forward to the inevitable sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
... the filmmakers filled their film with tons of FX, leaving little place to action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Karen Achenbach
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The movie belongs to Jai White, whose eyes, voice and movements lock the audience into his heart and struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin,' Beelzebubbin' effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.
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