Superman Returns

2006

Superman Returns

Critics Consensus

Bryan Singer's reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.

75%

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Total Count: 263

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 516,866
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Following a mysterious absence of several years, Superman comes back to Earth -- but things have changed. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, The Man of Steel faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

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Cast

Brandon Routh
as Clark Kent/Superman
Kate Bosworth
as Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey
as Lex Luthor
James Marsden
as Richard White
Parker Posey
as Kitty Kowalski
Frank Langella
as Perry White
Sam Huntington
as Jimmy Olsen
Eva Marie Saint
as Martha Kent
Kal Penn
as Stanford
Tristan Lake Leabu
as Jason White
Peta Wilson
as Bobbie-Faye
Jack Larson
as Bo The Bartender
Noel Neill
as Gertrude Vanderworth
James Karen
as Ben Hubbard
Stephan Bender
as Clark Kent (15 yrs. old)
Ian Bliss
as Shuttle Commander
Ansuya Nathan
as Shuttle Pilot
Warwick Young
as 777 Co-Pilot
Richard Branson
as Shuttle Engineer
Bradd Buckley
as 777 Navigator
Bill Young
as Mission Control Flight Director
David Webb
as Mission Control Officer
Thomas W. Stewart
as Mission Control Officer
Patricia Howson
as Museum Guard
Thomas Stewart
as Mission Control Navigator
Mirren Lee
as Vanderworth Relative No. 1
Stephen Ostrow
as Vanderworth Relative
Steve Ostrow
as Vanderworth Relative No. 2
Hank Roberts
as Vanderworth Relative No. 3
Raelee Hill
as Hospital Nurse
Lee James
as Doctor No. 1
Michael Duggan
as Doctor No. 2
Karina Bracken
as Hospital Ward Nurse
Frederique Fouche
as French News Anchor
Julian Pulvermacher
as German News Anchor
ReBecca Barratt
as German Reporter
Keegan Joyce
as Boy With Camera
Ted Maynard
as News Anchor No. 1
Ed Wightman
as News Anchor No. 2
Prue Lewarne
as News Anchor No. 3
Paul Shedlowich
as News Anchor No. 4
Barry Quin
as News Anchor No. 5
Francine Bell
as News Anchor No. 6
Penelope Heath
as Sydney Reporter
Genevieve Davis
as Reporter At Deli
Robert Meyer Burnett
as Cape Canaveral Reporter
Terrell Dixon
as Hospital Policeman
Kevin Fisher
as Security Guard No. 1
John Lucantonio
as Security Guard No. 2
Robert Flanagan
as Bank Gunner
Rob Flanagan
as Bank Gunner
Darin Rossi
as Home Plate Umpire
Phillip Henry
as Police Sharp Shooter
Henry Browne
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Superman Returns

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (52)

  • The battle is won: but only just.

    Jul 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.

    Jul 5, 2006
  • Logical progression, intelligent reappraisal, and nostalgia trip all in one, Superman Return is better than we dared hope.

    Jul 4, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic.

    Jul 2, 2006 | Rating: A-
  • The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive.

    Jun 29, 2006
  • What could possibly justify making a Superman movie that runs 154 minutes? Plenty of films last longer, but their characters are generally sharp enough to recognize a guy with or without his glasses.

    Jun 29, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Superman Returns

  • Jun 21, 2016
    So let's start with the good: Bryan Singer's tribute to Richard Donner film takes place in a continuity that does not acknowledge that Superman III or IV happened, John Williams's original score is used, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, modern CGI. Yep, that's it. Kate Bosworth was horrible as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor's motive was again as a land obsessed real estate lover rather than a true criminal mastermind trying to piece together something to destroy Superman. Routh was obviously cast due to this resemblance to Christopher Reeve in both looks and the sound of his voice. The script pretty much turns Superman into a creepy stalker as he watches Lois from outside her window. Of course the worst part of the movie was Lois's son for reasons that you'll see if you decide to watch this. It is not surprising that the franchise did not produce another film with this cast or director despite making a hefty sum at the box office.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2015
    I don't understand why this film gets as much hate as it does, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, First of all it's set before 3 & 4 and 5 years after number 2 as if to say let's pretend 3 & 4 happened and let's face it there's allot of people like me who wished they didn't happen as they were pretty bad films, The story was ok it took allot of plot points from the first with Lex Luthor wanting to kill millions of people just to own land and it was ok, Brandon Routh as Superman was fine I had no problem with him at all, Kevin Spacey was great as Lex but I didn't like Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and to be honest I've never liked most of the love interests in any superhero movie as they all end up being annoying bait, The effects were ok for its year and there should of been way more action for its very long run time and it does drag at points, The ending scene wasn't the best and they could of made it abit more interesting and even after the dramatic finale it still has around 20 minutes left were not allot happens, Ranking it with the original 4 movies it's my 2nd favourite behind the first obviously, It does have its share of problems but I wouldn't of mind seeing a sequel, It's just a shame they never put a little more faith in Brandon Routh instead of thinking about profits.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    About on par with the first two films, maybe a little better, probably a little worse, depending on what exactly you're analysing (but certainly leaps and bounds above III, IV and Supergirl). I'm a big fan of Spacey (Men Who Stare at Goats, 21, K-PAX, American Beauty, A Bug's Life, Se7en, The Usual Suspects) so with him playing Lex Luthor (above in white) I had something to look forward to regardless of anything else. The rest of the cast is barely worth noting though, if at all. Worst of all, Brand Routh (Scott Pilgrim VS The World, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) simply can't stand up to Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. For whatever reason, Returns doesn't get away with its overly lengthy runtime in the same way that Superman and Superman II is capable of doing. The depth that was endearing of the first two films, has by this time become a chore. There's something to be said for an enjoyment factor here, which is of course the most integral part of the entertainment medium. But beyond this, some decent effects and Spacey's Lex Luthor, there is really nothing to be gained from the piece. Again though, infinitely more enjoyable than '83 - '87 entries. 54% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2015
    Superman is always fun to watch, and I didn't mind the new Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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