Man of Steel 2013

Man of Steel

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Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.

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With the imminent destruction of Krypton, their home planet, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child's spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their own son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark (Henry Cavill) living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat.

Cast & Crew

Henry Cavill
Clark Kent, Kal-El
Amy Adams
Lois Lane
Diane Lane
Martha Kent
Harry Lennix
Gen. Swanwick
Richard Schiff
Dr. Emil Hamilton
Christopher Meloni
Col. Nathan Hardy
Kevin Costner
Jonathan Kent
David S. Goyer
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Thomas Tull
Executive Producer
Lloyd Phillips
Executive Producer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer
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Critic Reviews for Man of Steel

All Critics (334) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (186) | Rotten (148)

  • Christliness has always been an element of the Superman myth. But this film's near literal insistence upon it becomes absurd since director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer don't dramatize the analogy, they presume it.

    December 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • No fun costume change in a phone booth, no wowing humans with his powers and no repartee with reporter Lois Lane.

    September 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence.

    July 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • There's very little humor or joy in this Superman story.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's plenty to like in Snyder's hectic, rowdy film. But by the time we reach the bludgeoning excesses of the last half-hour it's hard to shake the sense that this was an opportunity at least partially missed.

    June 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Cavill broods handsomely as Superman, but this reboot skimps on fun and romance.

    June 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for Man of Steel

  • May 02, 2016
    What to say about this movie? This movie is begining of DCCU, so it means it should have started strong, but unfortunately it did not. It is not bad, but it is not great. It is ok. Movie has a lot of flashbacks, but it should have been done little better. It could have been better. Action is good and Henry Cavill did a really good job as Clark Kent/Superman. I would love to see him in other movies. Score is amazing. I didn't like tone of this movie. Because it worked for Batman, it does not mean ot will work for Superman. Ok film, if you are fan Zack Snyder you should go see it and you would love it.
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  • Apr 17, 2016
    An average addition to the comic book universe of cinema. Henry Cavill is a decent superman trapped in a movie lacking an identity. The DC cannon is trying hard to cash in on the darker macabre feel of its most successful entry, the Dark Knight trilogy. The gritty comic reboot is not always the ticket to success, as can be seen in this film. The action scenes are well orchestrated and engaging, but the film lacks heft or emotional investment. There is jarring lack of proper pacing that invariably stems from the relentless attempt to be gritty and more somber. Man of Steel delivers all the spectacle of superman, but none of his heart. The excellent Michael Shannon also feels wasted in a weakly built and poorly scripted character.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    The dark tone of "Man of Steel" probably fits well with some people, but for me, it just seems like they wanted to make Superman the same way Nolan made Batman back in 2005. The darkness of this movie doesn't help the story even the slighest and it actually makes the movie a lot more flat and boring, because it doesn't fit with the character of Superman. The first half of the movie is pretty well-made, but the second and third halves are really just a visual aspect of something that we never asked for.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    While it's action is wonderful and the performances fantastic, Man of Steel suffers from one crippling flaw - Superman himself. The character is so misrepresented here it's criminal and it hampers what is an overall decent film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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