Super 8 Reviews

  • Loving, playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year -- of many years. And I make that declaration with full knowledge that the season has just begun.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Attempts the difficult feat of balancing self-consciousness about the olden days with wide-eyed, headlong, present-tense fun. For about an hour it succeeds marvelously. The modest letdown that follows exposes the limitations of Mr. Abrams's imagination.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • This sci-fi thriller has an engrossing plot and a strong cast of fully drawn characters. There's even a sweet youthful love story. In other words, it's a summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • All too often the plot feels calculated rather than organic, the result of a time-tested formula rather than genuine innovation.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Super 8'' is a curious thing indeed: A good movie that makes you want to go home and re-watch a great one.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Named for an obsolete cinema technology, Super 8 is involving enough to create its own reality.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • "Super 8" knows what it wants to be, but like the earnest super-8 amateur flick its young heroes labor over, the movie skips some steps to achieve an effect. The result is an almost-great valentine to Gen-X genre milestones.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • For pretty much the first half of the new movie from writer-director J.J. Abrams, Super 8 isn't really even an alien thriller; it's a sad-sweet tale of loss and coming-of-age set in the golden-gone days of the late '70s.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • There's much to like in this story of a group of young movie-makers who stumble upon an event right out of, well, the movies.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The reasons you'll remember the movie will be all about quieter, moving intimacy created by its characters.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Spielberg and Abrams are the unwitting targets of their own irony.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Abrams brings so much affection to the project the results reveal both the film geek he surely was as a Spielberg-lovin' kid, and the hard-charging populist he has become.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Writer-director J.J. Abrams overloads this sci-fi adventure with so many homages to his co-producer Steven Spielberg that it plays like the elder director's greatest hits, minus his characteristic scares and sense of wonder.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • The worst that can be said about the film is that the characters are far more compelling than the mystery they solve.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Abrams ... delivers a phenomenal pop-art experience, dazzling the senses while aiming straight for the heart.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Remember the good old days? This is the movie you went to see on a Saturday afternoon in the good old days.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's not a perfect film - the ending couldn't possibly live up to the build-up, for instance - but it is just a tremendous amount of fun.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Sorry to dash your hopes, but it's just more of the same junk. Junk for children, with an estimated $45-million budget. There oughta be a law.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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