“How Many "f's" In "catastrophic"?”
“"The Son Becomes The Father, The Father Becomes The Son!"”
“Singer Is A Fantastic Director When It Comes To Superhero Spectacles With Deeper Themes.”
“You Wrote That The World Doesn't Need A Savior....but Everyday I Hear People Crying For One”
“This Is A Truly Thrilling Superhero Noir Film With A Great Tune And Tone And Has Brought Superman Back To His Level And His Status”
“WORST REBOOT EVER”
“The Best 'Superman' Film Ever”
“Sweet Movie, Good Actors,good Director, Bad Script....sweet Boring Result”
“I Would Not Watch It A Second Time.. ”
“"..a Superman Movie That Wishes To Be Good, But Lacks The Light To Show The Way.."”
“One Of The Worst Superhero Movie Adaptions Ive Ever Seen.”
“Superman Returns ”
“This Movie Was Over Hyped And Disappointing.”
“A Good Remake”
“Best Superman So Far!!”
“A Film That Honors The First Two Superman Movies, But Needed Less Romance And More Action. ”
“A Good Superman Movie To Start New Franchise With.”
“They Need To Let Superman Fight Super Villains!”
“Sad Start To A New Franchise”
“It Accomplished What It Was After. ”
“Superman Returns Is A Remix That Has The Exact Same Beat As The Classic Superman, But None Of The Fun Or The Soul.”
“The Cinematic Rebirth Of Superman Could Not Have Been Put In Abler Hands. Director Bryan Singer Has Taken Us Soaring Back Into The Sky.”
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
Superman Returns is arguably the most expensive film ever made, and yet you leave the theater thinking, wow, those Spider-Man movies are really good.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Superman Returns careens along at wild speeds while still stopping for thoughtful moments.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Strictly for fans on school vacation.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Sure to rate with aficionados alongside Spider-Man 2 and, for many, Batman Begins on the short list of best superhero spectaculars.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A beautifully crafted, emotionally resonant and heavily nostalgic Man of Steel guaranteed to appeal to several generations of Superman fans.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It will get to you, if you can be gotten to.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
World-saving, all-powerful, hero-to-everyone stuff must be lonely work, and Singer's Superman bears the responsibility with the slightly clenched dutifulness of someone who's immortal enough to accept his destiny but human enough to suffer the weight.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
It's clear that Superman Returns wants to lay claim to being a true successor to the first film, not a sequel so much as a full-blooded offspring. But these bold hopes are tempered by a risk-free strategy.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Is anyone else out there drumming their fingers waiting for the superhero craze to be over?
Dana Stevens - Slate
Superman Returns is near the top -- if not at the top -- of the superhero movie pile. It offers nearly everything: romance, action, humor, and plenty of goose bumps. For Superman, many happy returns.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A heartfelt Superman movie that plays to a broad audience thanks to an emotionally troubled Man of Steel.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Does the world really need Superman? Maybe not everyone. But people who love movies do.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The best Hollywood movies always knew how to sneak a beguiling subtext into a crowd-pleasing story. Superman Returns is in that grand tradition. That's why it's beyond Super. It's superb.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
That 'S' on his suit has a whole new meaning: He's a Soul man.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's not that Superman Returns doesn't have any ideas, it's got too many; this is a film that tries too hard and wants too much.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Measured against the relatively high bars of other recent superhero fare, it feels uncomfortably familiar. For those looking for a slice of high-flying entertainment, however, it certainly suffices.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
For all the mountains of kryptonite ranged against him, you never fear for Superman or Lois Lane, never experience anything more intense than the fret of mild peril.
Dean Essner - Film4
The movie runs nearly half an hour longer than it should, with a new plot strand introduced in the third act that has questionable vitality in the presumed sequel.
Eric Kohn - Reverse Shot
Superman Returns is a great kick start to a potentially knockout new franchise, which ultimately leaves the audience, like the people of Metropolis when its greatest hero returns to the skies, brimming with hope.
Scott Huver - Hollywood.com
One of this summer's best action movies.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
More stolid than awe-inspiring
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
None of which would register if Routh weren't a Superman whom if we don't need we can at least feel for.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Underneath its mechanical safety and mild-manners, this movie does have some heart and some muscle. You'll come to like having it around, even if you thought you'd already moved on.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Superman Returns feels eager to please, and it frequently succeeds, but despite its best intentions, it seldom soars to the height of 1978's Superman: The Movie
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Superman Returns is a bombastic, rousing, explosive burst of summer fun and fantasy, enriched by its predecessors and rejuvenated by the new blood and slavish religious devotion of director Bryan Singer.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Solid and emotionally direct but not the concussive powerhouse many will be hoping for.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
the tragedy of 9/11 and Lois' super sex with the 'man of steel' are two major selling points of the film, but they remain as sublimated as Clark Kent's secret identity.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Ignore the hype, ignore the budget, ignore the expectations, sit back, relax and let Superman return.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The Man of Steel as a morally-compromised and ethically-challenged figure has the potential to be quite compelling, but if and only if he is portrayed as confronting his demons in a more meaningful way.
Kam Williams - Cape May Beachcomber
better than 3 and 4
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
May be the most reverent superhero film ever made.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Singer has crafted a generally exciting and dazzling entertainment.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
It's too long, but then so-called 'event movies' always have been.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Resembling Reeve both physically and vocally, Routh certainly has large red boots to fill. And he fills them admirably
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Yes, the new Superman Returns movie flies. It just doesn't soar.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
After nearly 20 years in hiding, one would expect Superman's return to be special. Alas, the most noteworthy thing about director Bryan Singer's new movie is the hype surrounding it.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Emphasizes the reasons I don't find Superman all that interesting.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
It's been 5 years since Superman (Brandon Routh) left Earth to search for the remains of his home planet Krypton. Upon his return, the Man of Steel discovers a world in turmoil and a changed Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) - engaged to be married and the mothe
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
The film's weaknesses aside, there is no denying that Singer has pulled out all the stops in his bid to make the biggest, loudest summer blockbuster possible.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
The film has a parallel universe that extends beyond the losses the characters suffer to the ones the audience has, based on who we are and what has happened to us.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Superman returns with a vengeance.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
In a time where the youth of this nation are fighting and dying to defend this country, the film argues that each one of us can be super under the right circumstance.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
By taking a step backward and remembering what we loved about Superman in the first place, Singer goes two steps forward and produces a triumph of not only good over evil but faith over cynicism.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Quite capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, [but] does so without much care or conviction.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Super return for Superman ...
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
A good start at revitalizing a dead series. Get rid of Kevin Spacey for the sequel and you might have something spectacular.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A tender film that steps outside of its expected genre.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
As a superhero film it's really extremely impressive, probably higher in quality than even the first X-Men film and right up there with the Spiderman films.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
This Superman takes flight like few before and one wonders whether the film's minor flaws mean only that the sequel, like Singer's X2, is destined to become a real classic of the genre.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Romantica, emocionante, trepidante, mistica y entranable, es un digno homenaje al heroe mas grande del mundo y un perfecto ejemplo de que el cine sigue siendo la fabrica de suenos, pues ahora, mas que nunca, es posible creer que un hombre puede volar.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
A lovingly crafted homage to the greatest superhero of all time, and a tribute to the real life hero who best embodied the character of Superman, Christopher Reeve.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Many happy returns, Superman, you've been away too long. Unfortunately, you deserve a lot better than this.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's all about heart -- not that the spectacle falters; this is the finest popular entertainment since the Rings trilogy closed. Superman doesn't fly -- he soars.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
The effects are terrific - you will, indeed, believe a man can fly, especially during a showstopping set-piece involving an out-of-control aeroplane.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Filme auto-indulgente e sem ritmo que transforma o Homem de Aco em um gala sem personalidade.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The plane taking off, flying and nearly crashing into the earth almost serves as a metaphor for the entire Superman Returns experience.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Lois Lane may have won the Pulitzer prize for journalism, but she is one lousy speller . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Spirited and somewhat bittersweet, Superman Returns remains a fascinating and very entertaining ride most of the way %u2014 though it's probably at least 20 minutes too long for optimum interest.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
...enjoyable enough for the casual fan, and the superinitiated are going to find plenty of details to worry and rub. It's got humor and a reservoir of respect for the character's history and place in American culture.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
El Hombre de Acero vuela nuevamente y, ademas de Lex Luthor, ahora enfrenta a un nuevo enemigo: el olvido.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Five bravos to Bryan Singer and his team for showing us that Superman's heart is commensurate with the power in his muscles. I'm all wrapped up in his cloak.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Routh also conveys the same sense of deep-seated decency without the alienating self-righteousness, which is what makes Superman such an appealing character.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Film of the year so far.
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
One of the most interesting, if not the most successful, comic book adaptations ever produced.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
The Man of Steel returns in body but not quite in spirit.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The film struggles to find its own rhythm most of time, but eventually finds it in the climb to climax and resolution. Some great action. I like the new suit.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
... an enjoyable - if overly long - tribute to the original spirit of the comic books and the series of films that starred the late Christopher Reeve.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It may never generate an epic scale, but that's only because it stays so relentlessly intimate.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There's no spark. No life. A chuckle here or there but no romantic tension, no wit, no inspiration.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
I expected it to be either very good, or very bad. What I got was very OK -- and you should get a little more from something with a price tag in the range of $250 million.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Bryan Singer's Superman Returns is good ... damn good. It's just not great. As a matter of fact, it misses greatness by a margin measured in just a few filmic fractions
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
by the time those end credits rolled, I had laughed, cried, and cheered far more than I have for any other film in a very long time . . .and isn't that feeling of being both emotionally drained and exhilarated what we go to the movies for?
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Superman Returns is one of the best depictions to date.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
Logical progression, intelligent reappraisal, and nostalgia trip all in one, Superman Return is better than we dared hope.
Neil Smith - BBC
This latest movie based on the D.C. comic comes off like a harlequin novel-cum-Christian pageant set in a planetarium.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Flled with so many grandly iconic images that it's rather easy to dismiss the film's not-inconsiderable shortcomings.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
With so many superheroes flooding the market, the world may not need Superman, but the movies are a better place now that he's back.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A magnificent, dramatically rewarding homecoming.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
His mother tells Superman, "The Universe is a big place." Later, Lois Lane tells him, "I forgot how warm you are." Any movie with lines like these deserves to be avoided, despite the appealing IMAX 3D.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
When you clamor for Supes and [director Bryan] Singer to deliver a knockout rush of blockbuster excitement, they instead settle for being merely entertaining.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Superman Returns is slavishly reverential and morose -- The Passion of the Christ from Krypton, with a sad, erratic pulse.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The lasting accomplishment of Superman Returns is that it manages to free itself from the mountain of expectations weighing it down.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
[It] looks exquisite, is reasonably well acted, and has some entertaining dialogue, but has no story whatsoever.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
...resonates with energizing purpose and reminds moviegoers why Superman was such an escapist treat when it first hit the big screen almost three decades ago.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A dismal affair with robotic acting and humorless dialogue.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It would be easy to carp about the predictability of this film and its lack of freshness, originality and compelling characters, and point out that Posey would have made a better Lois. But what's the point?
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Despite its Messiah complex, Superman Returns successfully revives the series for the big screen.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Our caped hero does not turn the world backwards to relive time, but much of director Bryan Singer's film is lifted from the 1978 Richard Donner version.
Steve Crum - Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
Sidelines the prospect of solid character exploration in favor of a plot so silly and clumsy that even children would find reason to roll their eyes at it.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Well-intentioned, sure, but in the end, clumsy, inept and ineffectual
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Bryan Singer's Superman Returns is amazing entertainment, a vital, exciting vision of a pop-culture legend that brings respect for the past and re-invention for the future to the screen in equal measure.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Routh isn't given much else to do except act as a Flying Plot Device... Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane is a study in the art of still life.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
I take this whole "Superman" thing pretty personally.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Superman Returns is never dull...but it rarely takes flight; and, when it does, it never soars higher than its 1978 model.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The Man of Steel returns... more super than ever and no less entertaining.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Brings back all the nostalgia from the classic series with the modern joy of the digital box of toys.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
It's great to know that Superman can still fly, but it's more fun when we know what he's thinking and feeling as well.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
With child's-eye exuberance, Bryan Singer brings an obvious respect, even reverence for the mythology of America's most enduring superhero and his cinematic legacy ...
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
There's a thin line between preserving an icon and merely delivering on an expensive franchise, but Singer's genuine connection to the Superman legend overcomes his predilection toward playing it safe.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
The writing of SUPERMAN RETURNS is full of holes and the film is poorly edited. Audiences may respond to the film's look at Superman's personal life, still superficial, but at greater depth than in the past.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's the biggest turkey of the year, featuring a would-be Superman so wooden he might as well be acting in a pine box lined in kryptonite.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A good performance by Routh, solid production values and great action can't overcome a heavy-handed script, weak characters and poor pacing
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
For young children, and a lot of grown folks, superheroes signify a basic good in their lives -- something "Returns" doesn't forget and, in fact, honors.
James Hill - BET.com
I'm not a fanboy, but Superman Returns is a great triumph, an ode both to the DC icon and the late Man of Steel who played him before, and it is a terrific adventure all around.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Yes, this Superman soars, but he doesn't always take us with him.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
So 30 of the 150 or so minutes are a bust. There's still ample reason to see the thing in first run, if only for the chance to be part of an audience that cheers en masse at the exorcism of its darkest, most up-to-date fears.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Brandon Routh does an excellent job representing the iconic hero Superman.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
The movie is probably about as good a Superman epic as you can get without taking some crazy, universe-shaking chances. This one's a safe-but-solid start; maybe the next one will take it to a new level.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Long thought to be impervious to everything except Kryptonite, the Man of Steel ultimately falls victim to another, even more insidious force: a frustrating, hit-and-miss screenplay.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Superman Returns flawlessly repackages charismatic characters, further dips into the Man of Steel's mythology and adds effects that weren't available 20 years ago without doing a George Lucas-esque animation overkill.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Singer's first flight into Superman territory generates enough thrills to ensure a return engagement. And next time, the director may feel less compelled to reassert his famous superhero's importance.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Yes, he still means to save this world, but the triumph is less complete now, the costs more visible.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
an iconic summer blockbuster worthy of the original superhero that will redefine him for a new generation.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
All of these elements -- the casting, cinematography, design and score -- ultimately serve Singer's greatest achievement, which is the storytelling.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Nothing like an old friend to save a lackluster summer movie season, especially if that friend is the dependable Man of Steel.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
this decent story is hampered by possibly the worst rendition of Luthor to ever hit the screen
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's a thinky blockbuster, yes, though there is plenty of deft humor and breathtaking visuals and nods to the earlier films, too. And when the story calls for action, Singer delivers it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Bryan Singer delivers the beautiful new Superman Returns, an impeccably made film, but with little inside.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...I would still recommend it pretty hardily, especially to the new generation of kids that haven't seen the original movie...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Outside of Routh's surprisingly capable performance, the rest of the movie is ho-hum.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A dull, muddled and uninspiring film that combines pedestrian acting, lackluster special effects and deadly pace with a pseudo-religious theme that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like it was written by the College of Cardinals.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Superman as a lonely savior who in a moment of desperate need must rely on the help of some friends.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
[It's] a summer popcorn movie, no question, but it looks great, has laughs and thrills, and even a few moments of genuine drama.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Overlong and occasionally unfocused, it may have flaws, but like its formerly unknown star, it weathers its early uncertain steps by providing memorable moments of its own.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
A case of "good, sometimes very good, but definitely not great," which is kind of a small-yet-nagging disappointment, considering the talent and passion that went into the thing.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
It's got all the heart and soul that's been missing from every other superhero movie that isn't about the X-Men.
Dave White - Movies.com
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a downer.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Try to ignore the parallels Singer draws between Christ and Superman...go ahead, I dare ya.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Watching two hours of a listless, lost, Superman isn't exactly fun. Compared to Reeves, Reeve, Newton, Cain, and Welling, Routh is a total lightweight. Not only that, but this movie feels old, dated, and like it's 25 years too late.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
He remembered the cape, the spandex, the shiny boots and the big red S on his chest, but wait. . . . Where's the personality?
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
a lot to admire, but not much to get excited about.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
[Director Singer] reinvigorates an original American archetype. 'Superman Returns' gets it exactly right.
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
...Singer and company are so concerned about doing justice to Superman's past, they fail to generate much interest in what, if any, future the franchise might have.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
...the most effective and flat-out entertaining installment in this ongoing series.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This is a truly spectacular experience... Superman Returns joins [the 1978 Superman] on the short list of all-time great superhero films.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Like many superhero movies, Superman Returns relies on special effects to create the swooshing sense of exuberance that should also be a part of the storytelling.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
Although Singer's take on Superman is slightly reminiscent of Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong - epic, breathtaking and a bit over-indulgent - Returns is a welcome addition to the cinematic superhero library.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Reverent to the point of stasis.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
A beautifully-shot, impressively scored, and competently-acted romance about a dorky alien who saves the world as an afterthought.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Winds up failing on such a colossal level that the dispensing of parts three and four takes on an ignorance that rivals the reign of the Salkinds.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
What is finally most surprising about Superman Returns is how unexpectedly moving it is -- for its nostalgia; for its yearning for hearth and home; and for its overarching belief in the fundamental goodness of people.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts!
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
When it was all over, something was missing. Oh, yeah. The fun.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
elaborate adventure, rich in suspenseful action sequences... does not revitalize the Superman saga in the same way 'Batman Begins' overhauled the Batman legend, but it's an entertaining update.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
I treasured the experience of watching Superman Returns, both as a rabid fan of Richard Donner's initial gamble and as a filmgoer starving to witness filmmakers with an actual grasp on the idea of an epic cinematic vision.
Brian Orndorf - DVDTalk.com
The film's conservatism is one of its strengths. We don't have to get used to anything really radical, so the new stuff fits fine.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Like the strands of Kryptonite that Lex Luthor uses to challenge Superman, this film grows weaker the closer it is drawn to its 1978 predecessor.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
It's terrific, appealing to the child in all of us. Superman soars!
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
... Superman Returns brings a richer, grander perspective to a seminal character without changing his essence.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Brandon Routh strikes memorable iconic poses, but his Man of Steel lacks personality. ... Similarly, Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane is D.O.A.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
There's a lot riding on this Superman's broad blue shoulders. Not only does newcomer Brandon Routh have to deal with a comparison to the late Christopher Reeve (the definitive screen Superman) but "Superman Returns" has to blow the stink off two very weak
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
There is something to be said for having the Man of Steel back on the silver screen for a tune-up, but that's really all it is -- same old story, all new presentation.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
In one of the most exasperating recent examples of directorial overindulgence, what had been a fun film starts wearing out its welcome, leaving audiences with twenty minutes to slog through after the movie feels like it already ended.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
It's stately, elegant, too long, a little dull and fanatical in its fidelity to the earlier films, resurrecting everything from John Williams' theme and the goofy 'futuristic' credits treatment to the late Marlon Brando.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Singer gets the details right but the big picture is uneven.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
The film has such an expansive, likeable spirit that you feel petty quibbling about details.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Superman Returns was a tall order, and for fans it's a heaping plate of old-fashioned comfort food.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It fulfills the minimum requirements for summer blockbusters without going the extra mile as last year's Batman Begins did.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press