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Spawn Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
Great literature hardly ever translates to the screen ...
Full Review| Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
As a comic book, Spawn may be first rate, but, as a movie, it's a retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
The movie definitely lost something in the translation.
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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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
Has aged about as well as a banana in the sweltering sun...
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
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
... an incoherent blitz of noise, chintzy special effects and bargain-basement allegory.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
... a nonstop bombardment that recalls Judge Dredd, but with better diction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
The story is about... but heck, who cares? The movie itself doesn't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dragan Antulov
January 13, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 29, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Spawn is mainstream Hollywood cinema at its worst, a self-indulgent, overly violent, utterly tasteless piece of egotistical rubbish.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
... the movie, which borrows from a dozen pop sources and improves on none of them, is pretty much a washout.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
... Spawn delivers as much eye candy as the best, but not nearly as much substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The movie is too crowded with go-nowhere, potential ideas (lethal virus, U.S. imperialism, media watchdogging, racial and international conflicts) and too content to let its awesome FX carry the essentially lame storyline.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The digital effects in Spawn are numbingly numerous -- the film seems almost like an animated feature with some human stars or a virtual reality arcade game.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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