Superman Returns Reviews

  • The cinematic rebirth of Superman could not have been put in abler hands. Director Bryan Singer has taken us soaring back into the sky.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • I wish that Superman Returns were more original, and (in its first 45 minutes) better paced, but Singer, after two X-Men films, is now a commanding orchestrator of pop spectacle.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Where once the Man of Steel flew up, up and away, in a leaden new film he flies down, down, down, sent from above to save mankind from its sins.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The battle is won: but only just.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's good to have him back, even if he is a bit more fragile.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The much ballyhooed movie, far from great and far from short (2 1/2 hours!), is still great fun.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • A generally thrilling entertainment that's not quite the grand slam you want it to be.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • The movie has an undercurrent of personal drama that leaves you with a lump in your throat and an urgent need to see Superman return again.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • 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?

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The world needs him, all right, and it should welcome his Return.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Superman Returns' real hero is director Singer. He gives us a movie that is mellow when it should be and rousing when it should be. That can't have been an easy juggling act.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • The main point of Superman Returns is that Singer spends 2 1/2 hours avoiding a franchise-size fumble.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • The final scenes would make Wagner check his watch. It's not that the movie is 157 minutes; it's that it feels like 157 minutes.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Picture my disappointment as I realized that, for all the pizzazz of Superman Returns, its global weapon of choice would not be terrorism, or nuclear piracy, or dirty bombs. It would be real estate.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • [In] isolated moments Singer honors the myth and finds a fresh way to dramatize it. The director is scheduled to do a sequel, to be released in 2009. Maybe in that one we'll get more magic along with the reverence.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • This Superman is good. Very good.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It delivers all the thrills, suspense and amazement fans could demand of a comic book story, leaping from scene to scene with superheroic agility.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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