There are a few lively bits, and one joke with an edge: a slap at Stephen Hawking and his computer-drone voice. Mostly, though, this is super-lame.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
To call Superhero Movie a satire, or even a parody, of the genre specified in its title would be misleading, since those terms imply at least an attempt at wit. But no real mockery is intended by this mindless grab bag of slightly used gags.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's a bit late in the game for Superhero Movie, which was never going to fly, and barely crawls.
John Anderson - Washington Post
Superhero Movie would make a decent long-form short on the "Funny or Die" website, but at 85 minutes -- 15 of which are outtake-heavy end credits -- its powers of amiability wear off fast.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The gags are consistently weak.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
70 minutes of good if unmemorable fun sure beats 80 or 90 minutes of excruciating parodies for dummies, a la Date Movie and Epic Movie.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
It's a movie for the inner 9 year old in us all. That's the age that most people move on from flatulence jokes, and sniggering whenever they hear the 's' or 'f' words.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It looks for all the world as if writer/director Craig Mazin took the screenplay for Spider-Man, propped it up next to his MacBook, and just went through it, inserting fart gags, pratfalls and the lamest of jokes.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's rather benign, actually -- never very funny, and never amusing for more than a few moments at a time, but not grating or clownish, either.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Puerile and idiotic it may be, but Superhero Movie is nonetheless smarter than most of its lowbrow brethren in the Hollywood sub-sub-category known as the spoof movie.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
By-the-numbers screen parody fails to resurrect an increasingly tired genre.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
The very act of writing critically about Superhero inspires something of an existential crisis -- no one likely to turn out for it is reading this review, and anybody reading this review is probably not inclined to see it under any circumstances.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Dave White - Movies.com
Tiresome, generic spoof is all about crude humor.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
Nao tao desastroso quanto outras imitacoes baratas das producoes do ZAZ, mas ainda assim apelativo e irregular.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Nothing in Superhero Movie could be described as magical, but for comic-book fans in a forgiving mood, this lowbrow outing has its moments. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - ON Magazine
...boasts an actual storyline and a few genuinely hilarious jokes and gags.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Unfortunately, the film has nothing remotely interesting or satirical to say about the genre it is spoofing, so there is little to hold your attention between the gags, which do not arrive at the rapid-fire clip necessary to sustain the laughter ...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Even though the movie made me laugh hard during some scenes, it's wildly uneven!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
This parody film plagiarizes Spider-Man to virtually laughless effect.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
The stench is still thick on the corpse of Meet The Spartans, but apparently filmgoers can't get enough of lame-duck lampoons from Scary Movie alumni.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
A slap in the face with a smirk. This isn't the fun it ought to be.
Holly Grigg-Spall - Film4
This super-powered spoof just doesn't fly.
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
....plays like a MAD Magazine spoof that was written on the toilet
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
...the gags just lie there and die...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
This year's Superhero Movie isn't as epically bad as last year's Epic Movie, but it does provide more evidence that the spoof genre is tapped out.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Superhero Movie should be taken as a well-meaning but ultimately uneven lesson in how to handle future parodies.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Superhero Movie is the living definition of "hit or miss." Parts of it admittedly made me laugh out loud, but for every joke that scored, there were two that didn't.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
While by no means a masterpiece, when Craig Mazin riffs on the "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Superhero Movie" is cause for some occasional chuckles...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
Despite a few amusing moments, this underwhelming spoof is strictly direct-to-video material.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Essentially a retread of every bad grade-school joke you're happy to have forgotten.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
With jokes packed as tightly together as sliced cheese, the flick's comedy axiom seems to be: Never give the audience a pause to second-guess their laughter
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Two laughs does not a decent comedy make.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
There's honestly not a single laugh in the film, unless the mere mention or sight of shit, piss and puke is hilarious to you.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A joke that's underdeveloped and overextended...not one of the worst examples of this tired genre, but far from the best.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Writer-director and Scary Movie vet Craig Mazin's script is so devoid of anything even remotely funny that the movie is more a cheap rip-off of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise than a spoof.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Predictable, flat, full of name-dropping, tragically unhip, and likely to make a decent amount of cash.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
It's cinematic junk food; I sat, I laughed, I left, I forgot all about it. (But at least I laughed.)
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
All the most hilarious scenes from 'Superhero Movie' show up in the film's trailer, but there's still a lot to laugh about in this silly parody.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
If you enjoyed movies like Mystery Men, My Super X-Girlfriend or even Orgazmo back in the day, then you just might crack a smile at The Dragonfly's spandex wedgie.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
About five good laughs stretched over a 70-minute running time (not counting the ludicrously padded 15-minute end credits).
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Pamela Anderson appears for 15 seconds as the Invisible Woman ... and if Anderson is invisible she's pretty much completely useless.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Superhero Movie deserves a special place in the burning fires of Hell, where lazy writing, insipid direction, and an unforgivable eagerness towards bottom-feeding stupidity can roast along with the rest of the spoof genre's recent offerings.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Super? No. But it's not bad.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Contrary to popular belief, it does take a level of talent to tell puke and fart jokes well, and that seems to be one of Craig Mazin's talent, for whatever it's worth.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
What's supposed to be a spoof of all the comic-book movies clogging theaters turns out to be an unfunny retread of the first Spider-Man.
Chris Farnsworth - E! Online
Note to screenwriters: it's clear you think that jokes ending in the words "Myspace," "YouTube," or "Wikipedia" are automatically funny, but it just ain't so.
Luke Y. Thompson - OC Weekly
Prefers physical comedy over idiotic references to other movies, so it's consistently, harmlessly stupid rather than soul-crushingly annoying.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The film's weakest moments are also its timeliest.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
The good news about "Superhero Movie" is that it is better than either of the "Fantastic Four" movies. The bad news is that it isn't that much better.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com