Super 8 (2011)


Critic Consensus: It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.


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In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. -- (C) Official Site

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Kyle Chandler
as Jackson Lamb
Elle Fanning
as Alice Dainard
Joel Courtney
as Joe Lamb
Ron Eldard
as Louis Dainard
Zach Mills
as Preston
Amanda Michalka
as Jen Kaznyk
Jessica Tuck
as Mrs. Kaznyk
Andrew Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller
as Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths
as Benji Kaznyk
Britt Flatmo
as Peg Kaznyk
Glynn E. Turman
as Dr. Woodward
Amanda Foreman
as Lydia Connors, Ch. 14 News Anchor
Brett Rice
as Sheriff Pruitt
Michael Giacchino
as Deputy Crawford
Jack Axelrod
as Mr. Blakely
Ben Gavin
as Deputy Milner
Jay Scully
as Deputy Skadden
Michael Hitchcock
as Deputy Rosko
James Hebert
as Deputy Tally
Teri Clark Linden
as Mrs. Babbit
Tom Quinn
as Mr. McCandless
Katherine Yerves
as Woman in Office
Caitriona Balfe
as Elizabeth Lamb
Koa Melvin
as Baby Joe
Tom Williams
as Flame Thrower
Bingo O'Malley
as Mr. Harkin
Tony Guma
as Sergeant Walters
Robert B. Quiroz
as Boy in EVAC
Jason Brooks
as Air Force Security
Tim Griffin
as Commando
Marco Sanchez
as Hernandez
Emerson Brooks
as Military Bus Driver
Jonathan Dixon
as Airman Nevil
Patrick St. Esprit
as Weapons Commander
Greg Grunberg
as Sitcom Actor
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Critic Reviews for Super 8

All Critics (283) | Top Critics (50)

Super 8 is accomplished commercial filmmaking.

Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The geekery has charm, but is a little self-conscious and just occasionally, this movie resembles an open-ended, rambling drama serial that gets a little, well, lost.

Aug 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A diverting but rather pointless affair, undermined by its obsessive and clinical commitment to recreating past glories.

Aug 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Spielberg and Abrams are the unwitting targets of their own irony.

Jun 27, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

If you're wondering what's missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams' Super 8: heart and passion. What's happening onscreen really matters to...

Jun 10, 2011

A love letter to a cinematic era, before 'blockbuster' became a synonym for 'franchise' or 'tent pole.'

Jun 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Super 8

This intriguing adventure is a nostalgic return to the late '70s and early '80s of Spielberg's movies. But even if it offers exhilarating visual effects and solid performances, the poor script gets ruined by a lame ending that comes with a cheesy resolution for all the conflicts.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

J.J. Abrams' most boring project. There's hardly even any aliens/monsters on screen to justify it as an Abrams-Spielberg film. A profound let-down for fans of these two giants.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


A decent throwback to 50's-style monster flicks with the nostalgic look and feel of a classic Spielberg flick such as E.T. Aside from its very good visual effects, Super 8 shines with its good all-around cast. Everybody is good in their role, especially the kids. I love how the film uses suspense and shows very little of the monster until the end. Solid entertainment despite a clumsy third act that stumbles in the emotional resonance department.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Amazing fun right out of the 70's. An excellent cast with top quality young and old creating one of the best movies ive seen in a long time. Like most reviews have said this is a loving homage to the Goonies, Stand By Me, ET all of the above. Just a wonderful movie with a few jumps, a few laughs and ton of good old fashion summer movie fun!

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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