Superman Returns Reviews

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July 15, 2006
The battle is won: but only just.
July 5, 2006
... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.
July 4, 2006
Logical progression, intelligent reappraisal, and nostalgia trip all in one, Superman Return is better than we dared hope.
July 2, 2006
Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic.
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.
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
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.
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.
June 28, 2006
The much ballyhooed movie, far from great and far from short (2 1/2 hours!), is still great fun.
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.
Top Critic
June 28, 2006
Strictly for fans on school vacation.
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.
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.
June 28, 2006
The main point of Superman Returns is that Singer spends 2 1/2 hours avoiding a franchise-size fumble.
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?
June 27, 2006
Is anyone else out there drumming their fingers waiting for the superhero craze to be over?
June 27, 2006
Superman Returns careens along at wild speeds while still stopping for thoughtful moments.
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.
June 27, 2006
... Superman Returns brings a richer, grander perspective to a seminal character without changing his essence.
June 27, 2006
Superman Returns should swoop away with a big chunk of the summer box office, and deservedly so.
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