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Super Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
March 30, 2011
What could have been an interesting, soulful and sadly funny film becomes borderline offensive and distinctly disturbing.
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
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
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
February 23, 2011
Super is not wanting for good ideas; it's wanting for direction.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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-
Mike Scott
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
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
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
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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
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.
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Richard Roeper
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
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
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Eric D. Snider
March 21, 2011
A superhero needs a mission. Super needs a point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
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
Brian Orndorf
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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