Super Reviews

  • It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one: Frank's ''crusade'' is just a geek's screw-loose revenge, which Wilson, digging into the character's misery, makes oddly sympathetic.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Super" rides on the carefully bent performances of its stars.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Most of the time it isn't clear whether Gunn is critiquing violence or celebrating it.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Of all the entries in the average-schmo-tries-to-be-a-superhero genre - and that would certainly include last year's "Kick-Ass'' - "Super'' succeeds the best by putting its audience in the most uncomfortable position.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Conceptually similar to last spring's bullied-teen-dons-tights-to-fight flick Kick-Ass, Super distinguishes itself with a deliberate tonal unevenness that's unsettling and annoying.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • "Super" starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • If Gunn had a sense of how to shape a scene, or how to shoot a scene attractively, then his film would just be dull. As it is, it's criminally inept.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • The spectacle soon wearies and repels.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Super plunges into nihilistic despair in its third act. This isn't a black comedy because it isn't a comedy. It's a trick played on our expectations, I concede, but to what end?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Super just doesn't fly.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Waiting for Super to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • A lot less funny than it sounds.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • A superhero needs a mission. Super needs a point.

    Eric D. Snider —

  • I think "Super" is occasionally brilliant, sometimes awful and terribly confusing overall; this movie reminds me of an old Irish joke about the ancient and terrifying housekeeper who asks the young priest whether he enjoyed his egg.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • As a movie, Super is unfocused and bafflingly inconsistent. It is also the most genuinely surprising new release I've seen in a long time.

    Nathan Heller — Slate

  • A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

  • It may sound like Super is trying too hard to shock, trying too hard to be edgy or weird. But it has such a low-budget charm, it's pretty hard to resist. Besides, if you don't, you risk incurring the wrath of The Crimson Bolt. And you don't want that.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

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