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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 6, 2011
Offers genuine empathy with the put-upon protagonist's longing for justice, yet plays the bloody ramifications for cartoonish fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 15, 2011
Super just doesn't fly.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2011
This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 15, 2011
"Super" could use the certitude of its hero, but the weapon it wields instead is a scalpel to see what's inside us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 14, 2011
A sense of style can make up for a lot at the movies. But James Gunn's brutal new comedy-thriller, "Super," succeeds only in demonstrating that without it, you may not have much of anything.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2011
Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 7, 2011
Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 4, 2011
As a movie, Super is unfocused and bafflingly inconsistent. It is also the most genuinely surprising new release I've seen in a long time.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 4, 2011
The spectacle soon wearies and repels.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 4, 2011
For all its indie posturing, Super feels as callow as any other big studio flick to court Comic Con: A B-movie splatter flick dressed up as a critique, dressed up as a black comedy, dressed up as a spoof, and capped with an ironic epilogue.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 1, 2011
A lot less funny than it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 1, 2011
"Super" starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 1, 2011
Most of the time it isn't clear whether Gunn is critiquing violence or celebrating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011
"Super" flings around its dingy shocks with little feel for context, wit or filmmaking skill.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 31, 2011
Shows us a nebbish who becomes a costumed crime fighter without telling us anything interesting about nebbishes or crime fighters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 31, 2011
"Super" rides on the carefully bent performances of its stars.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2011
Of all the entries in the average-schmo-tries-to-be-a-superhero genre - and that would certainly include last year's "Kick-Ass'' - "Super'' succeeds the best by putting its audience in the most uncomfortable position.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 31, 2011
It's ugly to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 30, 2011
I think "Super" is occasionally brilliant, sometimes awful and terribly confusing overall; this movie reminds me of an old Irish joke about the ancient and terrifying housekeeper who asks the young priest whether he enjoyed his egg.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 30, 2011
It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one: Frank's ''crusade'' is just a geek's screw-loose revenge, which Wilson, digging into the character's misery, makes oddly sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 30, 2011
Super represents the indie world at its snobbiest and most faux provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 30, 2011
It may sound like Super is trying too hard to shock, trying too hard to be edgy or weird. But it has such a low-budget charm, it's pretty hard to resist. Besides, if you don't, you risk incurring the wrath of The Crimson Bolt. And you don't want that.
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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.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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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Rob Nelson
Variety
March 28, 2011
Waiting for Super to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 21, 2011
A superhero needs a mission. Super needs a point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2010
A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.