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Super 8 Reviews

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Tony Macklin
November 21, 2016
Like Silly Putty, Super 8 is silly fun. It stretches, snaps, and bounces. It's as elastic as pubescent imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
An idealistic and powerful summer film with great characters and a wonderful script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
While it may not achieve the level of pop culture canonization as the Spielberg films it invokes, Super 8 should inspire many to use their camera-phones for something more creative than a profile pic.
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
It wants to be Spielberg, needs to be Spielberg, begs to be Spielberg. But this ain't Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013
Great action sequences and a touching story make Super 8 a great summer blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
This Spielbergian misstep by J. J. Abrams attempts to be the emotional coming-of-age equivalent of Stand by Me but instead winds up as a cacophonous mishmash of Goonies and War of the Worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 8, 2013
The movie of the summer, the movie of many summers, going back to the '70s...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
Super 8 is undoubtedly one of the more robust summer blockbusters of the year, with enough momentum to get it over the finish line before you start asking more questions of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
While it didn't turn out to be the great movie some thought it would be, "Super 8" still makes for an entertaining film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
JJ Abrams' "thank you" to Steven Spielberg. It's like he said, "Thank you for making those movies while I was growing up. Now, here's what you inspired me to make". And it's a terrific ride that I can't wait to experience again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 26, 2012
Verdadero homenaje al cine de Spielberg, Super 8 empieza siendo E.T. (o al menos una digna heredera) y termina como La guerra de los mundos, donde lo espectacular y la resolución fácil toman la delantera. Aún así, un buen entretenimiento.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
J.J. Abrams demonstrates a real love for cinema - primarily Steven Spielberg's classic sci-fi pics - with this doting homage, which puts a frantic alien invasion plot secondary to an involving, emotionally resonant family narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
November 26, 2011
Super 8 works best when it isn't attempting to imitate '80s Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 10, 2011
While it's often tense and exciting, it's also more than a little exaggerated and corny at the end. You take what you get.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011
The potty-mouthed script deserves a parental warning and casts the only regretful shadow on an otherwise sterling popcorn adventure...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Super 8 is accomplished commercial filmmaking.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2011
JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg team up for this enjoyable alien thriller, which feels exactly how we nostalgically remember Spielberg's late-70s movies. But it's not nearly as earthy or thrilling as they actually were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine
September 16, 2011
For big kids, a chance to relive the classic films that forged their love of sci-fi. For the kids of today, it's a film they'll want to show their kids another 30 years down the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 8, 2011
Much richer, much deeper and much more moving than its 'monster movie' premise might suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 15, 2011
The most authentic Spielberg film Spielberg never directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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