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Super's intriguing premise and talented cast are drowned in a blood-red sea of graphic violence, jarring tonal shifts, and thinly written characters. Read critic reviews

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After his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him, a fry cook (Rainn Wilson) emulates a TV superhero and transforms himself into a costumed vigilante.

Cast & Crew

Rainn Wilson
Frank Darbo, The Crimson Bolt
Elliot Page
Libby, Boltie
Liv Tyler
Sarah Darbo
Nathan Fillion
The Holy Avenger
Gregg Henry
Det. John Felkner
William Katt
Sgt. Fitzgibbon
Rob Zombie
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James Gunn
Screenwriter
Ted Hope
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Rainn Wilson
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Lampton Enochs
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Matthew Leutwyler
Executive Producer
Steve Gainer
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Tyler Bates
Original Music
William A. Elliott
Production Design
Kristin Bicksler
Set Decoration
Mary Matthews
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Critic Reviews for Super

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  • Feb 13, 2017
    Working pretty well as a sympathetic character study centered on a righteous man who believes he is on a divine mission from God, this inspired movie is like a sassy brother of Kick-Ass: oddly funny, amusing and making no concessions regarding its amount of violence.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    James Gunn has never let me down before, so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed Super. In terms of tone, it sits somewhere a little bit darker than Kick-Ass, but a little bit lighter than Defendor (both of which were also great movies).
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Alright. Pretty messed up, but still interesting to watch. It's like you can't look away. Great cast, but I wished the writers had cut back sometimes. It's hard to empathize with a hero if he's beating the living shit out of people for stupid stuff.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    This is such an under appreciated movie. It's not a dumb fun "what if a normal guy dressed in a suit and fought crime" like Kickass was. It's a tale of self-discovery and not only that but a disturbing yet funny look at morality and other themes. Rainn Wilson is perfectly cast in this movie as the well-meaning yet psychotic Frank Darbo (aka The Crimson Bolt). Also, the rest of the cast is great too. I thought Kevin Bacon was great as the bad guy. It's a very dark movie but at the same time very funny and entertaining. It gets you thinking "should I be rooting for this psychopath or should I be frightened?". It's a movie that makes you think and I believe the reason people disregard it so much is because they think it was going to be like Kickass. There is a lot more to it than that. Overall- An extremely underrated "superhero" movie that makes you laugh while making you feel emotional. I watched it twice and it was much better a second time. Letter Grade: A-
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