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Super 8 Reviews

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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
Henry K. Miller
Sight and Sound
August 9, 2011
A Spielberg pastiche of uncanny precision and sublime pointlessness.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
June 16, 2011
Abrams is great at keeping his balls in the air, but when it comes time to catch them, he's all thumbs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Devin Faraci
June 1, 2011
While it has good performances and looks pretty, SUPER 8 is a movie that, in the end, does not fully work on any level except for cheap nostalgia porn.
Adam Lippe
June 10, 2011
The kids have no effect on the story, not the military's interference in the accident clean up, not the finale, etc. Even the Super 8 reel doesn't change their behavior, so it's almost as if the entire movie is a MacGuffin.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 17, 2011
A dated, overlabored, ultimately lightweight special-effects bargain barn.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
June 9, 2011
A fitfully entertaining, loving tribute, but little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clay Cane
June 10, 2011
The final scene, which you truly have to see for yourself to roll your eyes at, solidifies that 'Super 8' is just super foolish.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tim Grierson
Screen International
June 5, 2011
While other filmmakers have been inspired by Spielberg to push the envelope, J.J. Abrams seems happy to try to make one like they used to, except not as successfully.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 12, 2011
An underwhelming sci-fi adventure with nifty special effects and strong performances by its child actors, but it's weakened by a bland, uneven screenplay that lacks palpable thrills, suspense and internal logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.02120621/10
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine
June 3, 2011
Abrams tackles Super 8 like it's a time capsule, emphasizing cartoony period details while ignoring the cohesiveness of the stories that came before his.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 8, 2011
In a manner similar to Gus Van Sant's Psycho, it's merely a high-resolution photocopy devoid of its revered predecessors' soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 9, 2011
Ultimately comes apart in its attempts to fuse an earnest and sweet coming-of-age tale with a far less effective sci-fi/horror creature feature
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
June 16, 2011
Will probably stand as one of the film year's biggest letdowns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 20, 2011
Lack of Originality causes Super 8 to come undone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
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+
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 12, 2011
Vale mais pelo sentimento de nostalgia que inspira do que pela qualidade de sua narrativa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Lovell
June 11, 2011
... a jarringly messy blend of blue-collar angst and feel-good Spielberg ... Less a tribute to classic sci-fi than a mechanical, by-the-book exercise in How to Build a Tribute to Classic Sci-Fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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