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Super Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2011
What could have been an interesting, soulful and sadly funny film becomes borderline offensive and distinctly disturbing.
June 25, 2011
Decent performances are jaded by a hit-and-miss script and are stretched too thin over a high-concept film that doesn't quite manage to find its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 1, 2011
Don't be fooled by the swell of support arising from the blogosphere: this is 'unapologetically subversive' filmmaking at its most unapologetically crap.
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
May 15, 2011
...not an unintelligent movie so much as it is a cruel and slight one, one that seems to exist only to affirm a certain kind of moviegoer's self-regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
February 23, 2011
Super is not wanting for good ideas; it's wanting for direction.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 7, 2011
This sub-genre is beginning to wear gossamer thin and Super certainly doesn't live up to the in-built optimism of its own title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 8, 2011
Super plunges into nihilistic despair in its third act. This isn't a black comedy because it isn't a comedy. It's a trick played on our expectations, I concede, but to what end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2011
Straining to pull off yet another superhero send-up, Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page get no help from a flimsy script.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 27, 2011
Just doesn't have enough new gadgets in its utility belt to keep it from becoming much more than a super shrug
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2011
At least this tailor-made-for-the-midnight-circuit curio doesn't rely on too-hip-for-school dialogue. Instead, we get unrated doses of over-the-top violence - and a massive inconsistency in tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2011
If Gunn had a sense of how to shape a scene, or how to shoot a scene attractively, then his film would just be dull. As it is, it's criminally inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
March 29, 2011
"Super" strikes a wildly uneven tone lurching between occasionally funny dark comedy, heavy-handed religious satire and some pretty hardcore violence.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 29, 2011
Conceptually similar to last spring's bullied-teen-dons-tights-to-fight flick Kick-Ass, Super distinguishes itself with a deliberate tonal unevenness that's unsettling and annoying.
March 27, 2011
The bleak, crazy, postmodern superhero saga Kick-Ass aspired to be, which doesn't prevent it from being sluggish, derivative, and beyond obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 21, 2011
A superhero needs a mission. Super needs a point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2011
Emboldened by its indie-film trappings and the easily manipulated cheers of its festival-circuit audience, it luxuriates in and celebrates pointless violence and aimless vengeance. It's Taxi Driver as feel-good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 1, 2011
A rough ride with a few riotous ideas, but the execution is unfocused and the comedy nonexistent. It's a rundown condo in Tromaville that could've been so much more audacious and, indeed, super.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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