Superman Returns Reviews

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July 1, 2006
It would be easy to carp about the predictability of this film and its lack of freshness, originality and compelling characters, and point out that Posey would have made a better Lois. But what's the point?
June 30, 2006
Well-intentioned, sure, but in the end, clumsy, inept and ineffectual
June 30, 2006
Routh isn't given much else to do except act as a Flying Plot Device... Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane is a study in the art of still life.
June 30, 2006
Sidelines the prospect of solid character exploration in favor of a plot so silly and clumsy that even children would find reason to roll their eyes at it.
June 29, 2006
It's great to know that Superman can still fly, but it's more fun when we know what he's thinking and feeling as well.
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.
June 29, 2006
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's the biggest turkey of the year, featuring a would-be Superman so wooden he might as well be acting in a pine box lined in kryptonite.
June 29, 2006
The writing of SUPERMAN RETURNS is full of holes and the film is poorly edited. Audiences may respond to the film's look at Superman's personal life, still superficial, but at greater depth than in the past.
June 29, 2006
A good performance by Routh, solid production values and great action can't overcome a heavy-handed script, weak characters and poor pacing
June 28, 2006
For me the length was the real killer, if it was cut to 80 or so minutes and made with more of a spontaneous joy I think I could have jumped on board.
June 28, 2006
Reverent to the point of stasis.
June 28, 2006
a lot to admire, but not much to get excited about.
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.
June 28, 2006
Long thought to be impervious to everything except Kryptonite, the Man of Steel ultimately falls victim to another, even more insidious force: a frustrating, hit-and-miss screenplay.
June 28, 2006
A dull, muddled and uninspiring film that combines pedestrian acting, lackluster special effects and deadly pace with a pseudo-religious theme that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like it was written by the College of Cardinals.
Top Critic
June 28, 2006
Strictly for fans on school vacation.
June 28, 2006
Like many superhero movies, Superman Returns relies on special effects to create the swooshing sense of exuberance that should also be a part of the storytelling.
June 28, 2006
...Singer and company are so concerned about doing justice to Superman's past, they fail to generate much interest in what, if any, future the franchise might have.
June 28, 2006
Watching two hours of a listless, lost, Superman isn't exactly fun. Compared to Reeves, Reeve, Newton, Cain, and Welling, Routh is a total lightweight. Not only that, but this movie feels old, dated, and like it's 25 years too late.
June 28, 2006
The bittersweet love story is interesting, [and] the digital action looks as costly as it obviously was ... but despite the considerable amount of time that Superman spends flying around the sky, his return never really takes off.
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