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Super Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
If I hadn't foolishly gone and saw Sucker Punch a couple weeks ago, this would be the worst film of the year.
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
Gunn's movie is an ingeniously nasty concoction that feeds the cult of superhero fandom back into itself.
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
Great dark humor and enjoyable performances make this one a winner. Surprisingly, the animated sequences also work quite well.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
The graphic violence spatters along for an hour and a half until we reach that point when writer-director James Gunn says, "That's all I've got" and basically gives up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Looker
September 25, 2012
[Not] an easily digestible movie but this is ... the point - in a world where everything isn't as cut and dry as 'good versus evil', rationality is increasingly rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Super can be very affecting and emotionally disturbing, which might not suit everyone's tastes, but it's also an absorbing, bleak and sometimes funny deviation from the usual superhero fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
I liked Super more than I did Defendor. . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
September 16, 2011
Super is the sudden kick in the crotch this summer of square-jawed superheroes never knew it needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
September 1, 2011
I will say this of Super: it commits to its premise far better than Kick-Ass; if you thought the latter was violent, you haven't seen Rainn Wilson cracking someone's head repeatedly on a rock. But at least Kick-Ass was fun.
| Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
August 30, 2011
Super is a film infused with that impossibly compelling mix of deeply empathic insights, disturbingly-visualised violence and goodwill-rousing positive energy.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2011
Both [Super & Kick-Ass] feature ... crazy vigilantes ... but whereas Kick-Ass disguised its unsettling subtext beneath a hip and stylish surface, the scuzzy, low-budget Super forces the viewer to confront its disturbing side head on.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 17, 2011
Not simple knockabout fun ... and therein lies both the attraction and the challenge.
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Where it completely fails is when the in-your-face amorality is contextualised with an icky epilogue which tries to justify what came before as some kind of "spiritual journey". It doesn't convince.
Jeremy Heilman
July 13, 2011
Ellen Page, who has a manic energy here that she's not shown before... Her too-brief time on screen energizes the film
Full Review | Original Score: 46/100
July 10, 2011
Gunn seems unable to decide whether he's making a satirical work or a sick joke and, as a result, he squanders the entertainingly unhinged performances of his cast before copping out with a sentimental happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 10, 2011
This disastrously unfunny superhero spoof features a grating performance from Juno star Ellen Page, a vapid leading man in Rainn Wilson and an idiotic mix of humour and violence.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 8, 2011
An atonal mix of knockabout humour and out-of-nowhere violence that's so utterly wrong, it might actually challenge The Day The Clown Cried, Jerry Lewis's unfinished and unreleased 1972 Holocaust comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 8, 2011
Thanks to Wilson's ridiculously nerdish ambition, and a lively performance from Page, there are laughs to be had, but it could have been a funnier parody.
| Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 8, 2011
Writer-director James Gunn eventually loses control of the tone, which slips from deadpan to deadly and trashes what little amusement there was in a finale of gruesome violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2011
Some really interesting ideas and the odd flash of awesomeness, but overall a big old misfire with some ill-judged nastiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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