“Great Superman Movie”
“Okay! The New, Modern, Zack Snydered Superman Is Here!”
“One Of The Best Comic Movies Out There”
“Serious, Action-filled, Epic, And Fun”
“Missing Christopher Reeve!”
“Steel Stumbles To Soar High”
“Response To Man Of Steel Is Split Right Down The Middle: Those Who Loved It And Those, In My Opinion, Who Will Come Around To Appreciating It.”
“While Purists Of The Comics Will Look The Other Way From A British Superman, Cavill Shines In An Incredibly Ripped Portrayal Of The Man Of Steel Straight From The Pages Of A Graphic Novel.”
“Superman Just Can't Win.”
“What Could Have Been...”
“"One Of The Best Comic Book Film Adaptions Yet; Hands Down. This Film Is Action Packed, Emotionally Engaging, And Very Refreshing. Superman Is Back."”
“Simply The Best”
“A Blitzkrieg Doc*mentary Of An Adopted Alien With Utmost Pure Intentions Until He Helped Decimated The Populace Implying It's All For The Glory Of Your Salvation!”
“I Was Raised In Kansas General, I'm As American As I Can Get”
“The Superman We've Been Waiting For.”
“Superman Freaks And Geeks Alike Should All Come Together And Celebrate That Yes Indeed Our Beloved Superman Is Back!. Man Of Steel, Although A Bit Long And Sometimes Too Cartoonish, Is A Great Achievement And Reminds Us All Why We Love This Cape Crusader”
“"It's Not An S. On My World It Means Hope..."”
“Look Up In The Sky! It's A Bird. It's A Plane. It's--It's--MAN OF STEEL!”
“My Father Believed That If The World Found Out Who I Really Was, They'd Reject Me. He Was Convinced The World Wasn't Ready. What Do You Think?”
“A Film That Flies Too Close To The Sun.”
“Who The F*ck Does Dude Shave?!!”
“Man Of Steel Fails More Than It Succeeds”
“He'll Be A God To Them.”
“He Is Not The Superman Critics Need But He Is The Superman That Us Fans Deserve!”
“You Will Give The People An Ideal To Strive Towards. They'll Rise Behind You. They Will Stumble. They Will Fall. But In Time, They Will Join You In The Sun. In Time, You Will Help Them Accomplish Wonders.”
“A Good Origin Story Hopeing The Sequel Will Aspire To Something Greater”
“Pretty Good Superman Movie”
“''man Of Steel'' It's The Most Magnificent And Artistic Superhero Movie Ever Created, It's Comic To Movie Translation, A Summary Poem Of The Birth, Growth And Rise Of Superman Via Film, An Honorary Ode To Jerry Siegel And Joe Shuster's Vision.”
“It's Not Of This World Son. And Neither Are You.”
“What If A Child Dreamed Of Becoming Something Other Than What Society Had Intended? What If A Child Aspired To Something Greater?”
“While Not Epic, Perfect, Or Original, MOS Mostly Succeeds In Its Mission To Be A Good Start To The DCU.”
“Too Much Action And Shoddy Story Editing.”
“"What's With All The Hate?"”
“This Is The Path For DC Movies To Follow.”
“Man Of Steel Is The Prayer Answered For Those Who Wanted More Punch In Their Superman.”
“At Long Last, We Finally Have A Superman Movie That Is Worthy Of Superlatives.”
Man of Steel is the prayer answered for those who wanted more punch in their Superman.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Never has a race to save the fate of humankind seemed so tedious.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Snyder isn't capable of mythmaking, but in his sometimes poetic, sometimes crude way, he has given Superman a new lease on franchise life by affirming that this most American hero is also an alien yearning to breathe free.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Henry Cavill has the strapping good looks of the comic icon, and humanity to match his superheroism.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
For now, audiences can only speculate as to the hidden depths of Cavill, who in Zack Snyder's busy, bombastic creation myth is reduced to little more than a joyless cipher or dazzling physical specimen.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Man of Steel" has a scope that's hard to resist, but what's missing is a sense of lightness, of pop joy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
There's almost a story here. And the actors, including the picture's quietly dazzling star, Henry Cavill, do their damnedest to draw it out.
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
Despite some true-blue juice, "Man of Steel" has flaws it can't overcome.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
What seals the movie's doom ... is its surrender to the lower power of coarsegrained action and computer-generated images of inexplicable banality.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The movie can't decide if it wants to be a particularly thoughtful brand of superhero saga or a deafeningly generic summer action movie. So it ends up being both, to the detriment of it and us.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat-footed homilies.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Even though some of the attempts at gravitas don't work, the movie does make you believe that a flying man in tights is a thing of scary awe.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence.
David Denby - New Yorker
The movie delivers on the promise of its title and then some.
Matt Zoller Seitz - Chicago Sun-Times
Cavill looks great in the key outfit. Maybe that's enough.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[Nolan and Goyer's] screenplay is a big improvement over the previous one, mainly because they've created a satisfying arc between the hero's genesis story and the big battle at the end.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Man of Steel is just the same old same old.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Man of Steel" doesn't do quite as much damage to the 75-year-old hero, but next time out I hope his lighter spirits are allowed to soar.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Man of Steel packs quite a wallop. A few too many wallops, as it turns out.
Tom Long - Detroit News
If you like your summer-movie explosions huge, "Man of Steel" delivers. But it seems as if it might have delivered even more than a glorious noise.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Despite an obscene budget that could have made a giant stride in the cure for cancer, there isn't much originality, and the whole endeavor appears to be the work of grown men who never outgrew puberty.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The ambition to make a grittier kind of Superman pic is certainly admirable, but much of what Snyder and Goyer set out to fix wasn't really broken in the first place.
Scott Foundas - Variety
[Snyder] does a highly respectable, and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology in "Man of Steel.''
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The casting is impeccable, beginning with Cavill as an uncommonly brooding but refreshingly deep Superman. The script doesn't give him much to say, but it doesn't need to.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Instead of making a blockbuster Superman movie, Snyder has turned the Superman narrative into yet another modern day blockbuster.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
It all gets exhaustingly bombastic although, sequence by sequence, Man of Steel is something worth seeing.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
"Man of Steel" is second-tier and third-generation Chris Nolan-flavored neo-superhero material.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Snyder provides an elegantly illuminated retelling of the origin story of that most saintly of superheroes, Superman.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For those who crave cinematic mayhem, Man of Steel is right up your alley (and it will make a ton of money).
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Zack Snyder's huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn't cry out to be done but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it's hard not to give in.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The gravity that cloaks ''Man of Steel'' is merely an en vogue costume.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
The action is plentiful and thumping; Marvel-size thrills await you and the generations of kids who still believe in Superman.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Man of Steel is a bumpy ride for sure. But there's no way to stay blind to its wonders.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
There's very little humor or joy in this Superman story.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
[Cavill is] a superb choice for someone who needs to convincingly convey innate modesty, occasional confusion and eventual strength.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A movie about the clash of gods should feel more epic, more awestruck, less in a hurry to get to the next uninspired plot point.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The plot's sci-fi gobbledygook gets awfully unwieldy, and I wish the colors had popped instead of settling for such dreary realism. But this is a movie with a big heart, just like its hero.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Clark's multiple father-and-son tales are beautifully realized and it's a very fun movie to watch. However, the romance is shallow.
...while it doesn't achieve the brilliance of the modern Batman franchise, and while it certainly has a few flaws... the action is undeniably well-done and there are still good character bits throughout.
A robotic exercise in moviemaking that will no doubt satisfy the requirements of millions of distracted moviegoers who no longer require absolute engagement to be entertained-and who might, in fact, prefer exactly that.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
A gritty, realistic story shot by a director whose instincts constantly push him away from grit and realism, and into flash and fantasy.
Matt Singer - The Dissolve
Despite its excessive running time, and slightly meandering narrative, Man of Steel has definitely earned its place amongst recent comic-book adaptations, standing tall in the DC / Marvel cinematic universe.
Raam Tarat - Future Movies UK
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.
Like the man with a hammer to whom every problem looks like a nail, to Nolan and Goyer, every superhero universe apparently looks like Gotham City.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Action-packed, briskly-paced and featuring a stellar cast, Man of Steel is the best Superman film since the 1978 original and proves DC can match Marvel in the massive scale department.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Action scenes shouldn't be dull, especially large-scale ones devastating half of a city, but that's exactly what threatens to happen here.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
[Zach] Snyder who made his mark with the film 300 can manipulate images but fails to bring them to life.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
A definite step-up from the last attempt to revive this character, but there's something still missing from this origin story. Other franchise builders have done more with less, but here that isn't for lack of trying.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is a gritty and realistic take on one of the most iconic superheroes ever. It's visually astonishing and action-packed.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
MAN OF STEEL is everything you've ever wanted in a Superman movie
Action-filled but less than super: yet another summer blockbuster
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
No fun costume change in a phone booth, no wowing humans with his powers and no repartee with reporter Lois Lane.
- Us Weekly
A solid film, but a solid Superman?
J.C. Macek III - PopMatters
Snyder delivers the type of undeniable, overwhelming charge with which he's become Sny-nonymous, and his affinity for spectacle strongly courses throughout.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The screenplay by David S. Goyer is like an arm wrestling match between brain and muscle, and when one takes charge the other falls out of line.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Uma boa releitura do personagem. Se era necessaria, porem, e outra historia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The worst Superman movie since 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Man Of Steel plunges headfirst into a loud, breathless science-fiction slugfest, offering much spectacle but little wonder.
Keith Phipps - The Dissolve
Super-duper-overStatement. A cataclysm-caravan of speeches, doomed and desolate landscapes, proclamations of glorious destiny or rebirth, and sprawling, stone-faced seriousness. Can't save itself from self-suffocating grandiosity.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
For two-thirds of the running time, the film is grandly entertaining.... But then, as we get into the climactic battles, the level of wanton destruction becomes excessive, even tacky.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The battles between Superman and the evil Kryptonians set a new standard for on-screen urban destruction, but they also give us pause: Aren't hundreds, even thousands being killed in the riveting, spectacular smashing of skyscraper after skyscraper?
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Man Of Steel suffers most in its final hour where in degenerates into a seen-it-all-before, CGI-laden action fest.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Man of Steel indirectly tackles the conundrum of how a mankind engrained in monolithic religion greets the concrete proof of a mythological figure. Is it possible for an alien from Krypton to reside alongside an unquestioning faith in Christ?
Brandon Judell - New York Theatre Wire
Superman's grand, mythic nature is both his greatest strength as a character and his fatal weakness. Man of Steel can't quite overcome this, but it's a heck of a lot of fun watching it try.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
While it gives you your fix, it doesn't put Superman back on top of our cinematic superheroes.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Although the CGI takes over far too many times, the personality and inner torment of the 'Man of Steel' win out over the special effects.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Though fans might miss the levity that made Richard Donner's classic 1978 film Superman: The Movie such a game-changing joy, the thing that really sells this respectful reboot is the dramatic conviction underlying all the mega-scale mayhem.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
With a gray and gritty palette and interesting structure, offers its share of thrills but may be too somber overall to appease the typical summer blockbuster fan.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
In many ways, this is the strongest Superman reboot for a long time. Yet the story manages to be both rushed and overlong, and Snyder doesn't know when to say stop.
Rima Sabina Aouf - Concrete Playground
It'll be controversial, but to hell with it: Michael Shannon is a better General Zod than Terrence Stamp. There. I said it.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
For all its ambition, Man Of Steel fails to soar, instead crashlanding in a humourless, melodramatic mess of explosions.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A mostly-entertaining dark science-fiction parable about morality.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
A superhero boom crash opera
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Snyder largely succeeds in creating an epic piece of blockbuster filmmaking that still understands the value of smaller, intimate moments.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Man of Steel fails to get off the ground, with Snyder's overblown display of style smothering the many interesting moments that delve into the man behind the red cape.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Parental drama is Man of Steel's most potent weapon. For all of the film's issues - and they will be discussed - it resonated on a deeply emotional level. That alone helps it to stand tall above the pack.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The film is about finding your inner child and acceptance and maturing into something greater. This is what gives me hope for the inevitable sequel.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The problem with Man of Steel is that while the background story and character development are solid, the action sequences are distressingly generic and bland.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Good old fashioned fun is treated as something passe in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, which is long, laborious and repetitive.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
An unceasing torrent of CGI explosions, destruction and superhuman Kryptonian combat, Man of Steel is more bang for your summer movie buck, but would there was magic and spark to go along with all that muscle.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Re-booting the franchise is fraught with Kryptonite, however. And the filmmakers paralyze the audience with repetitive fight sequences
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
The movie is so jam-packed and busy that it's essentially an origin story, a coming-of-age story, a science fiction film, a superhero movie, an alien invasion, and a disaster movie all bumping into each other.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Man of Steel proves a Saturday afternoon B movie remains that no matter how big the budget or how much CGI work is done. It's in the film's DNA - the screenplay ... it sinks under the weight of its own overheated, overstated cinematic fat suit
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The film is an adrenalin rush - a welcome jab in the arm and a large-scale escapist fantasy that propels us up, up and away
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Chaotic and unfocused.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Snyder's style is all about the iconography of rippling muscles and fights to the death; it's the down-to-earth elements of the Superman mythos that get short shrift here.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Cavill makes a super Superman but the film drags a little and could use some humor.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Was it in Shannon's contract to have the same amount of screen time as the title character? Trouble is, he's as overdone as the product placements that are immune to the destruction.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
I like this latest version of Superman. I was expecting a darker, more depressing movie with the sado-masochistic overtones, of say, the recent Batman movies. Thankfully, this superhero movie is more upbeat than I expected.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
While expertly rendered by the film's army of special effects artists, the violence feels simultaneously bloated and empty, yet another exercise in wide-scale cinematic decimation without any sense of humanity or the weight of its loss.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I'm convinced there's probably a pretty darn good 105-minute movie wrapped inside this unwieldy 143-minute one -- not that we'll ever see it
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
An occasionally exciting, intelligent and visually impressive sci-fi adventure with a fine cast. It is also frequently excessive and over-produced, but then what else should one expect from a summer blockbuster?
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Snyder gives fans and general audiences a chance to revel in everything Superman is capable of, as writer Goyer cultivates the man and the hero...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The good and grand things outnumber the bad, but the film works as hard as it can to keep that from being the case.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
"Man of Steel" shows evidence that [the filmmakers] were on the right track, but then they allowed the film to de-evolve into a chaotic mess.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Eschews camp and lends Superman a genuinely fantastic, spiritual heft, one that grounds the ruthless destruction to come and elevates it above mere popcorn spectacle.
I know I feel cheated. I wonder what the real fans will think.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Red underpants and kryptonite are conspicuously absent, but this dour picture still feels overfamiliar and rote.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
It's good to have Superman back.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The film is a load of repetitive tosh, featuring in every sequence of its 143 minutes more special effects than God used when he created the world, ending with a list of credits longer than many a telephone directory.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
As a science fiction action extravaganza, I can't fault the latest from director Zack Snyder. But as a fun Superman comic book popcorn flick, I certainly can.
Staci Layne Wilson - Yahoo! Movies
An oppressive movie filled with a blaring seriousness, inconsistent production design, mundane conflict, heavy exposition and a huge amount of super-destructive action that leads to nothing.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
You'll believe a man can frown. A lot.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
"Man of Steel" is an exciting film that every super hero fan will love.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
I like this movie in spite of itself, I guess. At the very least I have to hand it to the film that it's not as awful as its 2006 predecessor.
Forget all of the Supermen of the past. Like it or not, purists, Man of Steel is the kind of theatrical reboot Superman has needed for a while.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
With Zack 'Watchman' Snyder and Christopher 'Dark Knight' Nolan behind the film, it's no surprise the mood should be dark and serious. If you're hankering after the playful innocence of Christopher Reeve's Superman, you'll definitely be disappointed.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The joyless pic never won my heart.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Unfortunately, I cannot get past the length of "Man of Steel". It is a huge problem with many films these days, particularly with this genre. Entertain us, please --- don't overwhelm and bore us!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Rest easy, Christopher Reeve fans. He's still the best Superman ever, and Margot Kidder is still the number one Lois Lane.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A highly enjoyable film, but a little less noise and a little more humanity would have made it a better one.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Hopelessly convoluted in a way that only a cast this good could save.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Man of Steel offers nothing but torturous exposition, heavy-handed symbolism, criminally ill-used actors and a numbing finale that would be right at home in a Transformers sequel. It's one massive superbore.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I doubt that Russell Crowe ever imagined he'd be on screen saying, "Krypton is doomed."
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Henry Cavill gives us something we haven't gotten on film in a while: a SUPERman, with all the awesome power the name implies.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
While it gets a "fix" rating for what it gets right, the film is uneven and exhausting. Clearly, the success of Marvel's "The Avengers" has had an indirect and unfortunate impact on the once classic narrative.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
The Man of Steel is not super, man. Not even close.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The alien-turned-vigilante is in virtually every scene, but somehow contrives to be invisible throughout.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
The filmmakers throw us a curve by telling the story in non-linear fashion.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Man of Steel is an expensive set-up piece that puts everything and everyone in the familiar positions, but moves no further.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
Superman's brawl with Zod is interminable, an ungodly overload of CGI that amounts to a special effects bludgeoning.
Cavill broods handsomely as Superman, but this reboot skimps on fun and romance.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Superman's back in brooding, action-packed reboot.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The original superhero is given the sense of spectacle he deserves - but this is a cold, emotionless film that never makes us care for Superman the way he's supposed to care about us.
Seb Patrick - Film4
Mantra 2: Zack Snyder should take his title too literally and pack his film with imagery of steel - Krypton could be called Planet Metallica.
Matthew Sorrento - Film International
Snyder's reboot provides not only breathtaking spectacle, but some unexpected depth and melancholy.
Chris Fyvie - The Skinny
Towers with ambition, swelled by sweeping philosophies about power and presence on scales both planetary and personal, beautifully balanced by a wellspring of wry tragedy.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
What "Man of Steel" does have are several good ideas that never really pay off.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
"Man of Steel" gives the last son of Krypton an action-packed origin story with a minimum of camp and an intense emotional authenticity.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A satisfying blockbuster with real-world sensibility and sci-fi fantasy, Man of Steel deserves to be the iconic Superman movie for a new generation.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
Abs of Steel, not a Script of Steel.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Superman gets the Dark Knight treatment, as Christopher Nolan offers a much grittier, more intensely personal look at the biggest superhero of them all.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
DC still has much to learn from rival Marvel in the filmmaking realm, but Man of Steel at least offers hope. Hope, and a slight headache
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
There are so many great things in Man of Steel and yet none of them quite knows where to go.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
We're dazzled while unmoved.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Zack Snyder marries Hans Zimmer's brilliant film score with the non-stop action resulting in an insane amount of Nerd Tears! Emotional and action-packed! Skip the 3D.
Kevin McCarthy - NerdTears.com
It's the pointed focus on science fiction that elevates Man of Steel beyond that of "just another Superman movie."
Scott Weinberg - Movies.com
A much darker take on the Superman mythos than we're used to. The casting is perfect in all respects. This is an action packed start to what should be an exciting new franchise.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The film's expository dialogues get in the way of otherwise great images...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Has something that both "Dark Knight" films lacked: excitement. It grabs you viscerally, delivers emotionally. It may be the best big movie of the summer.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
...a 2:20 display of special effects that is occasionally marred by the appearance of A-List actors and a pretty good story that detract from the mind-numbing special effects.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Man of Steel is no fun, whether Superman broods or is in action. Endless, mindless, explosive, stultifying action.
John Serba - MLive.com
the Batman Begins of Superman movies, carrying all the positive and negative connotations that come along with it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
'Man of Steel' is at its best when living, breathing actors share the screen and, in spite of any shortcomings, this movie is still leaps and bounds better than the dull and quickly forgotten 'Superman Returns.'
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
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.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
It's like a sprawling mega-budget CGI movie about other sprawling mega-budget CGI movies.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Man of Steel plays like two movies in one. One film is the familiar story of Earth's invasion by merciless aliens. The other, better movie is about a young man discovering his identity and purpose.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Engaging, entertaining, and refreshingly sincere.
Rebecca Cusey - Patheos
Man of Steel is the Superman movie I've been hoping someone would eventually make. This is awesome popcorn entertainment that doesn't neglect substance.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Man of Steel keeps Superman -- and the aspirational spirit he represents -- grounded and it's a less heroic movie for it.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Spectacular but empty. Looking for Nolan's trademark solemnity? It's there. How about a dour, pensive hero? Yup, got that too. What it doesn't have is much character or soul.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
When viewed on its own, it's an okay superhero flick and fits in with many of its recent rock 'em, sock 'em contemporaries. Yet, it pales considerably when compared to the 1978 film. (Full Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
There's nothing very astonishing about this, despite layers upon layers of effects.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Nolan, Snyder, Goyer, and company ground the Man of Steel in reality. But when something is grounded, can you expect it to soar?
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
The attempt to do something different and a bit darker is admirable but this Superman doesn't fly, it just assaults the senses. Where's the fun?
Pete Hammond - Movieline
An oddly-disappointing action-packed film that feels more like a science fiction epic than a Superman reboot.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Man of Steel (has) a cold heart that no amount of spectacle can compensate for.
Mark Keizer - Alt Film Guide
To quote the Joker in "The Dark Knight," "Why so serious?" There's no joy in this story.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
From an action stand point, MAN OF STEEL delivers. But, I didn't connect with it on an emotional level, which would be fine if this was something like G.I. JOE... but this is SUPERMAN. There should be more to it than just a couple of swell battle scenes.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
In 35 years' time, I rather suspect today's popcorn fix will simply be described as 'pants'.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Man of Steel marks an unexpectedly dour revisionist retelling of the Superman myth, a 2 1/2-hour epic laden with emotionally misconnecting characters prone to uttering speeches in lieu of actual conversations.
This is a film we are to take seriously, because nothing says serious more than watching men in capes hitting each other with cars.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Man of Steel is a huge production, and the money is splashed across the screen in endless special effects and lots of action. What are missing are the moments of surprise and humour: the joys of seeing the superhero making everyday magic.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
As enjoyable as the action is, the final battle between Zod and Superman is city-smashing disaster porn that makes the final scene in Avengers look like a model of tasteful restraint.
Joe Gross - Austin American-Statesman
A phenomenal game-changer that could potentially redefine the world's most famous superhero for a new generation of moviegoers in the same way as Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Pushes all the right buttons, with terrific action sequences, superb performances, a strong script, state-of-the-art special effects and a wonderful new score from Hans Zimmer.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
While the story may fall apart in the last several minutes, "Man of Steel" connects on a strong emotional and spiritual level, presenting the audience with a man who must come to grips with a destiny that is not of his own choosing.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
This is exactly the kind of reboot that the franchise desperately needed... a massive and incredibly enjoyable step in the right direction.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
This Superman fails to take off
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's not bad, despite its runaway length, and Cavill looks likely to be the poster boy for a whole new generation of fans.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Batman is serious. Iron Man is funny. I'm perfectly fine with Superman just being badass.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
We look. We gape in despair. We weep a too-late tear for Christopher Reeve.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Look, this is an often-stunning event film. It's big and bold, with a scope and scale that's virtually unparalleled in the genre. But so much of that work is squandered on stuff that doesn't matter.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Man of Steel gives us some things we might never have expected from Superman but doesn't give the character what he needs to thrive.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
This is a great, big, meaty, chewy superhero adventure, which broadly does what it sets out to do, though at excessive length.
Costner is especially impressive, bringing a quiet American strength and beauty to his role even in brief moments.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Man of Steel is a chill-inducing visual spectacle that is absolutely Herculean in nature with a downright glorious performance by Michael Shannon, an epic score, and extremely intense action.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Man Of Steel is the real deal. Director Zach Snyder embraces the darker tone of the Batman trilogy, making Superman more shadow than sunshine.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Bottom line is Man of Steel is the best Superman to date. For anyone with nostalgic memories of the first Richard Donner Superman movies, watch it again.
Michael Sangiacomo - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Man of Steel is entertaining, often engaging, and frequently exhilarating, but it never digs deeper than its basic ideas
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
Predictable action crushes character & story. If all you want is blockbuster action it's there and Cavill wins Best Looking Superman. If you want more revisit a Dark Knight.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Snyder cranks up the apocalyptic donnybrook, sending the combatants blasting through skyscrapers and punching one another into exploding tanker trucks, but all that down-to-earth character stuff does help make it more potent.
Scott Renshaw - Salt Lake City Weekly
By the end, Man of Steel has mutated into just another superhero action movie, with explosions galore and city buildings toppling like so many Legos. Lather, rinse, repeat. That's too bad because ... Man of Steel has so much going for it.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Director Zack Snyder gets mired down in origin story-itis, dwelling on the science fiction aspects that have less to do with the Superman than his planet's story. It's telling that the film's most emotional and heroic scene belongs to Kevin Costner.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Man of Steel suffers from too much Lois Lane just as Iron Man 3 suffered from too much Pepper Potts.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Man of Steel's violence doesn't escalate; it simply, tediously, iterates. We keep waiting to thrill, to exult, to cheer our hero on. When the lights come up, we're still waiting.
Glen Weldon - NPR
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Like Robert Shaw in "From Russia With Love," Shannon comes across as a villain who can actually kick the Man of Steel's butt!
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
This is less an updating of Superman than a downgrade.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
At the end of the day Man of Steel is yet another tedious origin story that boils down to a Real Estate scheme and giant Spider ships. Superman is not Batman, he is not supposed to be dark, gritty, and joyless. Where is the hope?
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
When the movie sticks with this storyline, or with the science-fiction elements of his trip to Earth and his purpose here, it's a compelling new look at one of the most famous origin stories in comics.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Mr. Kent somberly wanders the Midwest, pondering the struggles of being an incredibly handsome alien with perfect hair, steel pecs and a natural six pack. The film struggles, never finding the balance of action and the 'deep' storyline.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Super? No. But it's good.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This is the right Superman at the right time, the return that feels most welcome.
Dave White - Movies.com
While the final fight sequences go on too long, the movie is for the most part a thoughtful reimagining of the 75-year-old character.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Part Superman, part Superman II, part Thor and part Dieux du Stade calendar shoot
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
44 beautifully-constructed trailers strung together in the world's most expensive promo reel.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
"Watching 'Man of Steel' is just an exhausting experience" (Full review in Spanish)
Josep Parera - La Opinion
There's no reason why a superhero film can't dabble in darkness, but in the process Snyder forgets to make his movie fun.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Some films make you wish you were 12 again so you could appreciate them as they deserve.
David Sexton - This is London
Man of Steel starts feeling like just another generic superhero movie - the exact opposite to the radical and unique stamp Nolan placed on the Dark Knight trilogy
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
No Clark Makes for Cold "Steel"
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
WORTH SEEING, BUT BARELY: Man of Steel is the nearly the best movie it could have been, save for the giant single-bound CGI leaps during the scenes in which Kal-El harnesses his super powers.
Matt Kelemen - AspectRatio.us
"Man of Steel" is visually spectacular but, for the most part, emotionally distant. It's just another $200 million superhero movie and another wasted opportunity.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
By focusing on the super and not the man Man of Steel doesn't deliver Superman.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Cavill makes for a very solid Superman but it's a one-note portrait thanks to the limited screenplay.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
For those looking for a Superman tale well-told, or signs that the DC Comics universe may finally be ready to give Marvel a run for its money in the multiplexes -- there's nothing to see here.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
Zack Snyder's epic adaptation gives this generation a Superman movie to call its own. Call it "Superman Begins".
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Just as things get interesting, attempts at characterisation are shredded as Snyder unleashes the big guns for a finale ripped straight from the Michael Bay 'more-is-less' school of filmmaking.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Every opportunity for humor, compassion or plausible responses to otherworldly phenomena is buried beneath product placements and CGI special effects.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[It] is thoughtfully crafted and occasionally breathtaking; what it isn't, unfortunately, is much fun.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
...a middling effort which features neither the character-based wit of the Avengers films or the Wagnerian grandeur of the Dark Knight trilogy.
Chris Barsanti - Film Journal International
Not the Superman movie we need, but the one we deserve.
Steven D. Greydanus
A long slog through familiar elements of current action-blockbuster filmmaking.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
[Its] aspiration isn't consistent from start to finish, and Cavill, though he's good-looking and seriously cut, isn't particularly memorable.
Anders Wright - San Diego Union-Tribune
[Some] elements give this franchise reboot a perfunctory feeling. But then a detail emerges, the mythology kicks in or the reinvention makes sense, and the elements feel connected in a way that offers a fresh perspective on a familiar thing.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Talent is crushed.
Craig Seligman - Bloomberg News
This is not your father's Superman, but he could be your mom's.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Mistakes serious faces and shaky-cammed anarchy for what it so desperately needed most: a sense of wonder and a beating heart.
Man of Steel can't erase the memory of Christopher Reeve, who made us believe that a man could fly. But it's the Superman this century deserves, shucked of some of his aw-shucks mannerisms while retaining the Kansas-bred Clark Kent earnestness.
Chris Knight - National Post
The mechanical storytelling swamps a first-rate cast.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
Snyder has cast Man of Steel with dramatic actors, not action stars, and it pays off.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Man of Steel contains little fun apart from the visceral thrill of seeing objects smashed in one of its endless action sequences.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
If Man of Steel is Snyder at his most conventional, he's still more inspired and innovative than his competition.
Mick LaSalle - Hearst Newspapers
You get the feeling [Snyder] would rather have chucked the entire back story, not to mention the front story, and just delivered up nonstop bashing. Which he sort of does anyway.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Perhaps one of the most brave and unusual aspects of Man of Steel is the fact that by the time the credits roll, there seems to be a world of possibilities for the future.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Man of Steel isn't a flop. Nor does it go up, up and away. As far as movie relaunches go, this one's OK.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
It's a triumph of spectacle over content.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's a measure of Cavill's intelligence that you can feel him resisting Goyer and Snyder's most egregious errors of judgment as Man Of Steel shakes itself apart.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
All surface and no heart, no brains, no guts. (spoiler review)
David Poland - Movie City News
All its faux-patriotism isn't played for satire, but instead utilized to align the film with an idyllic, unquestioned vision of goodness.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
It's a monotonous pounding that's meant to exhaust not inspire, which plays to Snyder's strengths, yet results in a mediocre, cold-to-the-touch endeavor trying too hard to follow superhero cinema trends.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
The Superman franchise gets a muscular reboot in Zach Synder's Man of Steel
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
This is probably the last origin story for Kal-El that we ever need to see... the sophisticated foundation it creates allows future installments to function as more than victory laps, without requiring them to adhere to a purely melodramatic tone.
Todd Gilchrist - The Verge
By effectively denying Superman his defining traits-his complex relationships to duty and humanity-the movie robs the character of any depth or agency.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
Cavill and Adams didn't have much time to bond before shooting, but they nail it. He's sturdy but tormented; she's tough and feisty.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Man of Steel is spectacular on every level and is what every superhero movie will need to aspire to from here-on in.
The movie isn't dead on arrival, like Snyder's over-reverent Watchmen. But it's pleasure-free.
This is a fantastic summer movie featuring a superhero that I was so excited to finally see fly back into theaters. "Man of Steel" shows nothing but promise for the future of Superman and DC Comics.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
It's not a bad time at the movies as far as alien movies go; it just doesn't have the Superman magic.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Oh Superman, what did you do to deserve Zack Snyder?
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
I still don't think anyone's made an incredible Superman movie, but at least Man of Steel made me believe that it's possible.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
You'll believe a man can mope.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have managed to become Superman's very own Kryptonite, stripping the iconic character of his greatest assets: wit, charm, and most importantly, hope.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
Man of Steel is short on the super, heavy on the morals and hardly a bold reinvention - yet as an(other) introduction to the titular do-gooder, it just about flies.
Emma Simmonds - The List
A renewal of all-around, long overdue Man of Steel movie mojo, expertly pitched to modern times and modern movie tastes.
Neil Pond - American Profile
"Man of Steel" has too many characters and too much plot, resulting in a movie that feels overstuffed and overlong.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Warners has its Superman franchise back. What they do with it now remains to be seen.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Nothing will go down in history ... but Man of Steel still makes an impact. Whether you emerge energised or simply dazed, you'll know your blocks have been well and truly busted.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
It's a technically impressive film with a lovely score from Hans Zimmer and some strong supporting performances, all sucked into the joyless machine of Goyer's script and self-important direction of Mr. Snyder.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Utterly devoid of wit or charm
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
Henry Cavill is the best looking Superman yet. He is also the dullest.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
Where is Superman? The one I've known and loved for more than 50 years is nowhere to be found, replaced by a plastic, uncharismatic Superdude, who'd make a great fashion model, but is a horrid Man of Steel.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Man of Steel is not a graceful movie, in form or subject. It is about things getting smashed. The finale is a month of Sept. 11ths.
Richard von Busack - MetroActive
In Snyder, Nolan and Goyer, the Man of Steel has found an unlikely dream team able to make him soar once again.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
The result is a film that, while relentlessly grim and badly in need of humor, manages to be a smart, nuanced take on the Superman mythology.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
"Man of Steel" mostly delivers. And credit for that goes to its director.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
This rather dour but aggressively whiz-bang take on Superman's first appearance on earth is intriguing up to a point, but...it won't blow you away.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A Superman for the 21st Century, this sweeping epic soars, bursting with ambition, a keen sense of drama and some knockout special effects.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
It's a thumping, gauntlet-clad fist of a movie, making its impact with brute force, then letting shockwaves reverberate through you.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
'Man of Steel' is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Man Of Steel just keeps bouncing from big scene to big scene. What's missing is the strong connective tissue inbetween them - the film doesn't earn its big moments and this highlight-reel cinema leaves little room for character development.
Jonathan Crocker - Little White Lies
As a popcorn movie, this is a full bucket.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A bracing attempt to bring the legend back into contention that successfully separates itself from other Super-movies but misses some of their warmth and charm.
Matthew Leyland - Total Film
Man of Steel begins to labour even as the visual spectacle intensifies: no amount of whip-pans and crash-zooms, spaceship flameouts or collapsing edifices can compensate for an inert focal relationship.
It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
There are moments where Man Of Steel feels too earnest, too in thrall to the gravity of its own mythology. And then Superman punches Zod through a city block and all is forgiven.
Nick Setchfield - SFX Magazine
[This] is the Superman movie I've waited my whole life to see.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
At once vaster in scope than any superhero movie yet produced, and as intimately, crushingly emotional as any other entry in the genre, Man of Steel lands with the precise, explosive weight of a true historical milestone.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
In essence Man of Steel is a perfect companion piece to Nolan's Batman Begins. It takes the well-loved, well-worn bones of the beloved source material and creates a new world around them.
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
The movie opens on Superman's home planet of Krypton, and in a sense it never leaves.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Combining fantasy with reality, making familiar things new and new things familiar - it's the most exhilarating comic book movie of the summer.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Mostly, the minutes stretch into great expanses of blahness, much of them filled with Transformers-grade skyscraper snapping and bloodless catastrophe.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Where Man of Steel really succeeds is in its power to connect, emotionally and spiritually, with its audience.
Erik Davis - Movies.com
If the word "epic" has lost its meaning, 'Man of Steel' forcefully redefines it.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
It's realistic in approach and honest in emotion, but also wonderfully fantastical and cinematic. The future is bright for the Man of Tomorrow.
A righteous, riveting relaunch leaving no doubt that, even after 80 years, you still don't tug on Superman's cape!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
On balance, this new cinematic take on a 75-year-old icon constitutes a worthy Superman movie and a modest improvement for a franchise that had creatively stalled.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The film doesn't lack for spectacle, but after a while its emphasis on grand gestures and unwavering gravitas stops feeling heroic and begins to seem like overkill.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
The best superhero action ever put to film
Now that the requisite origin story has been accomplished, the movie lays the ground for some thrilling sequels featuring a Superman who's both exactly what people want to see and a significantly different take on a well-established character.
"Man of Steel" takes a fresh approach to the well-worn origin of the Superman narrative (first published as Action Comics #1 in 1938).
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Awe-inspiring and, by far, the best Superman movie ever made.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Goyer and Nolan have crafted in Man of Steel a taut, exploratory vision...Together, they've humanized an icon...although they've undervalued the integral supporting roles in much of the same manner.
Charlie Schmidlin - The Playlist
The most exhilarating and arresting interpretation of Superman yet.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
By the end, you will feel like you got hit and run over by a motion picture. Possibly in a good way.
Luke Y. Thompson
If comic book heroes are our modern Greek gods, 'Man of Steel' is solid enough to stand proudly atop Mount Olympus.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush