Super Reviews

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May 11, 2011
An Interesting, Shocking Look at the Religiosity of the Superhero Myth.
April 28, 2011
Just as you dismiss it as witless superhero parody, it switches gears in a way not especially subtle but for which you are unprepared. And when it finally declares itself to be a genre film, the surprise is that it's not the genre you thought.
April 23, 2011
Gunn's unique approach, combining twisted humor, dark drama, and over-the-top violence, offers a great change of pace for audiences tired of mainstream comic book fare.
April 22, 2011
If the tone is uneven, if the "comedy" doesn't yield as many laughs as we're led by the ads to expect, that's only the collateral damage of the destruction Gunn hopes to wreak on the increasingly debased and tired genre.
April 21, 2011
Guarantees to keep me referring to it as "Kick-Ass's superior brother" for years to come...
April 19, 2011
I think much of the film's value lies in the fact that it's extremely disturbing.
April 15, 2011
It's grimmer than you probably would expect, but Wilson's incisive performance is reason enough to see it.
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.
April 14, 2011
I suspect audiences will divide sharply on the movie's wild tone shifts. I found them sort of fearless.
April 14, 2011
Writer-director James Gunn, who successfully tweaked the monster movie genre with "Slither," has created a grimy, bloody and absolutely pitch-black superhero movie. And it's also really funny.
April 8, 2011
A tonally inconsistent comedy that nevertheless features one of my absolute favorite performances of the year so far and enough interesting ideas to warrant a look.
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.
April 7, 2011
The situations are utterly routine, the action padded out to the max. But there's a redeeming facet: Ellen Page.
April 7, 2011
Mostly a good bit of fun, as Wilson's both heartbreaking and a crack-up as he's cracking skulls.
April 4, 2011
A cartoonish neo-noir that is both funny and unafraid to show the moral ugliness of its main characters.
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.
April 3, 2011
An appealing, often hilarious corrective to the conventional pop cultural idealization of the superhero.
April 1, 2011
We root for Frank even though his antics as the Crimson Bolt become more and more extreme as the film goes along, especially after Boltie joins the team, keeping things in an insane moralistic grey area that's thought-provoking and invigorating.
April 1, 2011
Super is a disturbing, amazing experience; it's almost as if the movie itself were an ordinary movie freed from moral conventions by wearing a mask.
April 1, 2011
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