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Superman Returns Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 5, 2006
... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 2, 2006
Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic.
| Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2006
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 29, 2006
There's a thin line between preserving an icon and merely delivering on an expensive franchise, but Singer's genuine connection to the Superman legend overcomes his predilection toward playing it safe.
| Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 28, 2006
Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 28, 2006
The much ballyhooed movie, far from great and far from short (2 1/2 hours!), is still great fun.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 28, 2006
World-saving, all-powerful, hero-to-everyone stuff must be lonely work, and Singer's Superman bears the responsibility with the slightly clenched dutifulness of someone who's immortal enough to accept his destiny but human enough to suffer the weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 28, 2006
Strictly for fans on school vacation.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 28, 2006
It's clear that Superman Returns wants to lay claim to being a true successor to the first film, not a sequel so much as a full-blooded offspring. But these bold hopes are tempered by a risk-free strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 28, 2006
Singer's first flight into Superman territory generates enough thrills to ensure a return engagement. And next time, the director may feel less compelled to reassert his famous superhero's importance.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 28, 2006
The main point of Superman Returns is that Singer spends 2 1/2 hours avoiding a franchise-size fumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2006
While his movie can be cumbersome, it's consistently alive, and that is saying a lot when many such productions are dead in the water, on land or in the air. Also, how can you resist the charm of a fantasy in which everyone gets his news from newspapers?
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 27, 2006
Is anyone else out there drumming their fingers waiting for the superhero craze to be over?
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 27, 2006
Superman Returns careens along at wild speeds while still stopping for thoughtful moments.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2006
It delivers all the thrills, suspense and amazement fans could demand of a comic book story, leaping from scene to scene with superheroic agility.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 27, 2006
What is finally most surprising about Superman Returns is how unexpectedly moving it is -- for its nostalgia; for its yearning for hearth and home; and for its overarching belief in the fundamental goodness of people.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 27, 2006
... Superman Returns brings a richer, grander perspective to a seminal character without changing his essence.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2006
Superman Returns should swoop away with a big chunk of the summer box office, and deservedly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 27, 2006
This Superman is good. Very good.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 27, 2006
It will get to you, if you can be gotten to.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 27, 2006
The movie has an undercurrent of personal drama that leaves you with a lump in your throat and an urgent need to see Superman return again.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 27, 2006
A beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant and heavily nostalgic Man of Steel guaranteed to appeal to several generations of Superman fans.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 27, 2006
Singer gets the details right but the big picture is uneven.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 27, 2006
The world needs him, all right, and it should welcome his Return.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 27, 2006
Singer has succeeded beyond anyone's expectations -- and establishes himself as someone to whom any film aiming for taste and intelligence could be trusted.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 27, 2006
Superman Returns is arguably the most expensive film ever made, and yet you leave the theater thinking, wow, those Spider-Man movies are really good.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2006
This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2006
A generally thrilling entertainment that's not quite the grand slam you want it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2006
It's good to have him back, even if he is a bit more fragile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 26, 2006
An action sequence isn't just about spectacular visions but about making audiences care about those visuals, about what they mean for the characters. There, Superman Returns comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 26, 2006
Maybe The Incredibles has spoiled me for superhero movies. The new Superman has its visionary charms, but there's only so far you can go without great characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2006
Superman Returns' real hero is director Singer. He gives us a movie that is mellow when it should be and rousing when it should be. That can't have been an easy juggling act.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 26, 2006
Though his movie is a blink-of-an-eye too long, Singer and company have given us a reason to be excited about Superman all over again.
| Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 26, 2006
Where once the Man of Steel flew up, up and away, in a leaden new film he flies down, down, down, sent from above to save mankind from its sins.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 26, 2006
[Singer] has brought the venerable superhero soaring back to life by delivering a satisfying blend of action, story and character development. If the movie is half an hour longer than it needs to be, there also are moments when you wish it would never end
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2006
It's not that Superman Returns doesn't have any ideas, it's got too many; this is a film that tries too hard and wants too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 26, 2006
Superman Returns is pop mythology reinvigorated with intense grandeur, infectious energy and fierce conviction by director Bryan Singer.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 26, 2006
Does the world really need Superman? Maybe not everyone. But people who love movies do.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2006
[In] isolated moments Singer honors the myth and finds a fresh way to dramatize it. The director is scheduled to do a sequel, to be released in 2009. Maybe in that one we'll get more magic along with the reverence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 26, 2006
The final scenes would make Wagner check his watch. It's not that the movie is 157 minutes; it's that it feels like 157 minutes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 26, 2006
Superman Returns is near the top -- if not at the top -- of the superhero movie pile. It offers nearly everything: romance, action, humor, and plenty of goose bumps. For Superman, many happy returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 26, 2006
Picture my disappointment as I realized that, for all the pizzazz of Superman Returns, its global weapon of choice would not be terrorism, or nuclear piracy, or dirty bombs. It would be real estate.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's straight-faced, square-jawed stuff, but that's apt enough for the boldest, simplest superhero concept of all.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2006
That 'S' on his suit has a whole new meaning: He's a Soul man.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 21, 2006
I wish that Superman Returns were more original, and (in its first 45 minutes) better paced, but Singer, after two X-Men films, is now a commanding orchestrator of pop spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 20, 2006
Next to Singer's champagne, most recent superhero adventure movies are barely sparkling cider.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 20, 2006
The best Hollywood movies always knew how to sneak a beguiling subtext into a crowd-pleasing story. Superman Returns is in that grand tradition. That's why it's beyond Super. It's superb.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2006
A heartfelt Superman movie that plays to a broad audience thanks to an emotionally troubled Man of Steel.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 19, 2006
Sure to rate with aficionados alongside Spider-Man 2 and, for many, Batman Begins on the short list of best superhero spectaculars.