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Super 8 Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
August 4, 2011
For those who grew up on the Spielberg classics, a truly nostalgic treat awaits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
August 3, 2011
Now if only the Abrams and Spielberg combo would take on some of the Marvel films...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 3, 2011
A diverting but rather pointless affair, undermined by its obsessive and clinical commitment to recreating past glories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 3, 2011
Super 8 is a hugely entertaining sci-fi thriller, thanks to a strong script, impressive special effects, pacey direction and terrific performances from its likeable young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2011
An engaging cross between coming-of-age exploration films like The Goonies, with tender, heartfelt moments of Stand by Me, and Abrams's supernatural, alien fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
August 3, 2011
A giddily nostalgic film that recaptures the sense of awe and wonder from early Spielberg classics such as Close Encounters and ET.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
July 31, 2011
It's nowhere close to E. T. - what is? - but amongst the hullabaloo of summer, Super 8 is something to cherish: a beautifully made homage to better times, and better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
July 29, 2011
...J.J. Abrams here strains so hard to hit all the right buttons that he misses almost all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kevin A. Ranson
July 28, 2011
While it's not perfect, it's honestly one of the most interesting films that's been out all year and certainly this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Jeremy Heilman
July 12, 2011
Abrams panders to his audience and wrongly assuming that more explosions, more pathos, and more clichés will provide a path to more approval.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 6, 2011
A case of ultimately dashed high hopes, no matter how much it has going for it along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 5, 2011
The alien invader storyline often feels as though its happening in a completely different universe than the small-town story of friendship and first love
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 4, 2011
You can't write an original screenplay while stealing from better directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Tennis
July 2, 2011
Super fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
July 1, 2011
This is old-school storytelling. And it just plain feels good to experience it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 1, 2011
Simple, sweet and far more understated than you've been led to believe. And it's got lens flares coming out of its ears, natch.
Jordan Hiller
June 28, 2011
Super 8 embodies everything unsettling and disappointing about the culmination of [Lost].
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 27, 2011
Spielberg and Abrams are the unwitting targets of their own irony.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
June 25, 2011
Flying automobiles, dastardly military officers, Alice's shriek when she sees what it is the entire town is up against, they are all nothing to the tense moments as father and son stare one another down with their future relationship on the line
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 22, 2011
Throwback sci-fi. But the big-show moments, concocted from today's blockbuster formula, clash with the '70s small-town play of these kids' lives, often nicely observed.
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