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Superman Returns
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Hey, At Least There Isn't A Giant Spider In the Third Act!"
4 stars

When the first big-budget “Superman” film was being put together in 1978, it faced an avalanche of pre-release controversy concerning virtually every aspect of its production from its extravagant budget to the risky move of casting a virtual unknown in the title role to the weirdness of Marlon Brandon lending his dulcet tones to the role of Superman’s father in a brief cameo. The biggest question mark, however, was the one surrounding whether or not the character was still relevant at all to a contemporary audience. Sure, they knew who he was–since his debut in the comics in 1938, he has remained one of the most well-known fictional characters in the world–but how would they respond to him at a time when the very things that he has always stood for–truth, justice and what was once called “the American Way”–seem weirdly out of step in a post-Vietnam, post-Watergate world gone increasingly wrong? As we all know, they responded enthusiastically to Richard Donner’s savvy blend of sly humor and eye-popping special effects (as the ads proclaimed, you really did believe that a man could fly) but more importantly, they sparked to the utter sincerity with which the film treated its main character. Sure, Superman has always been a little on the square side but instead of mocking him for the sake of some cheap laughs, the film embraced his sincerity and decency in such a way that even the most cynical of viewers found themselves falling for it all over again just as intensely as they did when they first encountered the character as children. The result was a film that is still regarded as the gold standard by which all other superhero movies are measured to this day.

Intriguingly, “Superman Returns,” the long-awaited attempt to restart the film franchise after a pair of miserable sequels and nearly two decades of development hell, seems to be following the same rocky path to the silver screen. Like Donner’s film, the project has been dogged with controversy surrounding its astronomical budget (rumored at $280 million-plus, though about $65 million was racked up in development costs for the various false starts over the years), the casting of unknown Brandon Routh in the title role and even the weirdness of the late Marlon Brando making a virtual cameo through old footage shot three decades earlier. And yes, it even comes at a time when the things the character stands for once again seem out of step and overly simplistic in a post-9/11 world. This time around, however, the results are kind of a mixed bag. Unlike the virtually flawless first film, this attempt has some wonderful things going for it along with other things that simply don’t work and the result is a solidly entertaining film that is a little frustrating in the way that it never quite manages to achieve the pop-art heights that it is clearly straining for throughout.

Unlike last year’s amazing “Batman Begins,” in which Christopher Nolan powerfully revived another moribund superhero franchise by essentially relaunching the entire saga from square one, Bryan Singer (who launched the X-Men into theaters with “X-Men” and “X2") has chosen to pretend that “Superman III” and “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace” never existed (an excellent idea under the circumstances) and has designed “Superman Returns” as a more-or-less direct follow-up to Donner’s film as well as Richard Lester’s well-regarded sequel “Superman II”–although updated, everything that we see and hear, from the production design to John Ottoman’s score (which includes a reprise of John Williams’s still-stirring original theme), can be traced back to those original films. More importantly, it retains the straight-faced approach that Donner used in his film (one that Lester began to drop once he took over the reins)–Superman still stands for truth, justice and the American Way (even though the latter isn’t actually spoken aloud) and while I am sure that there was the temptation to make him a little more ambiguous along the lines of such warts-and-all superheroes as Batman and Spider-Man, I am glad that Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris resisted those urges and treated the character and his square sincerity with straightforward respect.

All of this is done so well that it probably won’t dawn on many viewers at first that the actual story of the film takes forever to get going and turns out to be disappointing familiar once it does. Although Superman promised that he would never leave us again after the events of “Superman II” (in which, you will recall, he rejected his powers to live as a mortal with Lois Lane at just the moment when the fearsome General Zod and his minions arrived to wreak havoc), we learn in an opening title crawl that he wound up doing just that by going on a secret journey to find the rumored remains of his home planet of Krypton. This mission fails and when he returns to Earth–managing to once again crash-land on the planet of the now-widowed Martha Kent (Eva Marie Saint)–he discovers that five years have passed and that most of the world has gone on without him, especially one-time love Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth). When Superman returns to Metropolis and his job at the Daily Planet in the guise of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, he discovers that Lois has a five-year-old son (with an unknown father–hmmmmm), a fiancee in Richard White (James Marsden), nephew of Daily Planet editor Perry White (Frank Langella) and a Pulitzer Prize for penning an article explaining in detail why the world no longer needs Superman. Of course, her thesis proves faulty and Superman and Lois Lane have a reunion when he saves the airplane she is flying on from first shooting up into outer space (thanks to a faulty space shuttle detachment system) and then plummeting to the Earth. Even after that, however, she still seems a little miffed at his abrupt departure and not even another moonlight flight through the skies can completely put her anger aside.

Even less thrilled with the return of Superman is long-time foe Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey). Having been released from prison after Superman failed to make a court date during his disappearance (if trying to blow up California and collaborating with General Zod isn’t enough to keep someone behind bars, there may be something to the complaints about the rampage of overly lenient judges after all) and having successfully swindled a dying billionairess (a fanboy cameo by Noel Neill–onetime Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson also pops up as a bartender) out of her money, Luthor, along with henchwoman Kitty Kowalski (Parker Posey) and assorted other thugs, has hatched yet another diabolical plan–without going into too much detail, it involves the magical crystals sent with baby Kal-El on his trip to Earth that formed the basis of his Fortress of Solitude, yet another chunk of kryptonite and yet another real-estate scheme that will simultaneously kill millions and earn him billions. The result is a number of expensively-filmed sequences in which Superman defeats this dastardly scheme while repeatedly saving the day in the nick of time, although this time around, Lois and Richard are both required at certain parts of the story to return the favor.

If you are feeling a little underwhelmed after hearing that particular plot description, you aren’t alone. One of the central flaws of the entire Superman mythos is that by making him invulnerable to everything but kryptonite, it means that most of his adventures wind up with a slightly depressing familiarity–a bad guy gets a hold of some kryptonite (and not to be a nag, but how much of that stuff made it to Earth in the first place?) and Superman is nearly destroyed, only to somehow pull himself together and save the day. In “Superman II” and “Superman III,” the filmmakers managed to put a spin on this particular narrative dead end so that the story wasn’t just another rehash (and I still persist that the conceit of “Superman III”–that a faulty chunk of faux-kryptonite inspired a psychic split between the two halves of Superman’s personality–could have made for a brilliant film if it hadn’t been ignored for the woeful capering of a never-less-funny Richard Pryor) and you would have thought that in the two decades since the last Superman film that someone could have come up with an idea that didn’t involve this especially tired premise. Although it is lavishly staged and executed, the simple fact of the matter is that the basic premise is just a little too close to the first two films for comfort without ever managing to find its own voice.

Another major flaw in the film is an example of miscasting so flagrant that you can’t believe that no one involved with the production noticed just how awful it was. This would be the casting of Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, a role that she is thoroughly unsuited for. For starters, there is no way of buying Bosworth, who is 23 and looks about 6 years younger, as a tough and savvy reporter with a five-year-old child and a Pultizer Prize–I understand that the producers wanted to cast young in order for the characters to age gracefully into the sequels but the result is a situation where the theoretically adult characters here look years younger than their counterparts on the pre-Metropolis “Smallville.” More importantly, she lacks the fire and humor and spunk that have always been the hallmarks of Lois Lane–a woman who could easily go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel has been reduced to someone who would be regarded as the one with less personality if she were paired up with Aquaman. What is especially infuriating is that an actress that would have made the perfect Lois Lane, Parker Posey, is actually in the film but is wasted in a supporting role that gives her relatively little to do (although she gets one throwaway line that turns out to be the funniest thing in the film). You might argue that Parker Posey is not a name that would lure people into a blockbuster of this size but Kate Bosworth is hardly the kind of actress to put butts in seats, as anyone who invested money into “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton” will certainly tell you.

Aside from her, though, the rest of the casting on display here is pretty good. Although Spacey doesn’t really bring anything new to the character of Lex Luthor–he seems to be giving an extended reprise of his joke appearance as Dr. Evil from “Goldmember”–he does bring a zip to some of his more over-the-top line readings that is highly amusing. Although he isn’t in it nearly enough, Frank Langella gets some big laughs as Perry White while still making him seem like a reasonably believable newspaper editor who wants the big story. And while their brief scenes don’t really amount to much in the long run, the mere presence of a virtual Marlon Brando and a flesh-and-blood Eva Marie Saint bring a gravity to their appearances that resonates as strongly as the most spectacular effects sequences. In the central role of Superman/Clark Kent, Brandon Routh has the thankless task of standing around in goofy tights and uttering dialogue that sounds as if it came from the Boy Scout handbook and, like Christopher Reeve did before him, he manages to pull it off by playing the characters as simply and directly as possible–even his obvious youth sort of fits in with the performance in the way that it subliminally suggests Superman’s essential innocence.

In the grand scheme of superhero epics, “Superman Returns” lacks the sheer majesty of the original “Superman,” the thrilling invention of “Batman Begins” or even the screwy strangeness of Ang Lee’s deeply misunderstood “Hulk.” However, as a jump-start for a franchise that many had simply written off as a relic, this is a film that has enough spectacle (the airplane rescue sequence is as dazzling as anything to come along in a while), humor and sincerity to please both longtime fans of the character as well as those who have never seen him flying across the big screen. With the success of this film all but assured, it stands to reason that a sequel will be coming along in a couple of years. Hopefully, the filmmakers will have enough confidence in the material and its inherent popularity to take the time to come up with a continuation that jettisons the weaker elements and comes up with a storyline that is genuinely super.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell decent no more no less 3 stars
3/28/16 Aj wales Clarke kent/superman how many words does he speak entire movie. Tv movie acting. 2 stars
3/18/16 Charles Tatum Heavy handed Christian allegory gets in way of handsome production 4 stars
3/10/15 Nik this was about as fun as schindler's list 1 stars
1/20/14 reptilesni Superman is a deadbeat. Real hero is the dad who stuck around. Routh is boring. 1 stars
7/18/13 Joe Snoozefest. 1 stars
12/10/12 Linda Boring. I didn't like it. 2 stars
2/04/11 Roy Smith Bosworth badly miscast, Spacey is Dr Evil, plot is recycled garbage 2 stars
1/11/11 James <a href="mailto:elvin44E29559@fireden.net">email</a> <a href="mailto:lou44E29559@fireden.ne 5 stars
9/14/10 marwinkowa scientists pattern due half 1 stars
6/20/10 Sarah Worst Superman movie. 1 stars
7/24/09 Jimmy Zatoichi! 4 stars
3/03/09 lewis davies Campy, schmaltzy retread of I and II, with Christ imagry tossed in a cheap device 1 stars
1/03/09 RECCERS Superman never had a son, so they just pulled that out of there arse. To long too. 3 stars
11/08/08 Abby Meyer your crazy if you don't like this! 4 stars
9/14/08 hannibal I was expecting a big masterpiece. I think you need to love Superman in order to get it. 3 stars
9/02/08 Shaun Wallner The Action was Amazing! 5 stars
7/20/08 the dork knight Just so.......so........blah. 3 stars
7/08/08 Kevin Spacey Hey Bryan Singer, leave Superman alone and return to Keyzer Soze instead! 2 stars
6/29/08 hiperbolha loved the original. this one was incredibly lame and boring 2 stars
6/24/08 J. Wolf Best comic book movie of all time. 5 stars
6/20/08 David V Best Superman movie. 4 stars
5/20/08 sebastian rea Superman is a shitty hero anyway. 1 stars
5/03/08 Arthur Better than the boring Spiderman films, but not as good as Superman: the move 5 stars
4/26/08 Totir Alexandru I hope to see more Superman movies in the future. The character and story are worth it. 4 stars
3/21/08 Kenny Good movie, but it lacked inspiration 4 stars
3/15/08 Stephen C Not as good as the first Superman, but beats most of the sequels out there 4 stars
2/21/08 Badge For kids only. 1 stars
2/19/08 mrsinister Worse than Hellboy, better than Daredevil. 2 stars
11/04/07 Schweinstein Rubbish film, boring, lifeless. Insult to all who loved the first two superman films 1 stars
10/07/07 Dan Halberg You have no right to say this film is BETTER than X-Men. What bullshit. 1 stars
10/01/07 Andrew Kercher Brandon Routh made me believe a man could fly again. But nobody can outdo Kidder's Lois. 5 stars
9/24/07 Bitchflaps A decent effort, better than X-Men or Spider-Man, but the bland leads let it down. 3 stars
8/21/07 Jubei A solid homage to Richard Donner's Superman but Singer should find his own vision of Supes. 4 stars
8/07/07 iZoe The BEST Superhero movie ever made. But not for action-obsessed "Brain-Dead" fanboys. 5 stars
8/06/07 Frazier G bad storyline and cast. such a disappointment. Hulk was better 2 stars
8/04/07 Kelly Whitekiller How could anyone give this a good rating? Effects were good, thats it. 1 stars
7/20/07 The Golden Martian Worst comic book movie EVER! 1 stars
6/19/07 simmy Honestly, I didn't enjoy one second. 2 stars
6/18/07 Matt Huge disappointment. 1 stars
6/13/07 Lance The only good thing about this movie was the costume, beyond that it sucked on every level 1 stars
5/29/07 ebert great movie 5 stars
5/20/07 NHK Great film. Better than the first movies for Spiderman, X-Men and Batman 4 stars
5/15/07 967 Overrated and overhyped, like most superhero films. 2 stars
5/14/07 movieman loved it 5 stars
5/12/07 Fudd Poor on every level. 1 stars
5/08/07 Kevin Mecham The greatest Superman to date. A wonderful Return. Superman has a heart! 5 stars
5/01/07 Tracey Chambers very disappointing. This piece of crap killed a great franchise 1 stars
4/04/07 Dave Best Superman yet 5 stars
3/08/07 Simm I don't get what's so great about it. 5 stars?? 2 stars
3/07/07 man great comeback to a great series 5 stars
3/06/07 dude great movie 5 stars
3/06/07 dprodigy Too simplistic. Loony villain. Lois is a bitch. Take your pick. 1 stars
2/19/07 Todd M Not bad. The main characters seemed way too young though. 3 stars
2/17/07 JM Synth Good, but you think they could have come up with a bit more in the last twenty years! 3 stars
2/06/07 Meekay Bad casting, boring plot. Horrible excuse for a Superman movie. 1 stars
2/01/07 Anthony Feor Spectacular film, if only the Batman series could have this much intelligence 5 stars
1/08/07 Indrid Cold Not bad, as good as 1 and 2. Too cartoonish to be a real masterpiece though. 4 stars
1/05/07 Matt C REALLY? The kid just HAPPENED to be looking in the water 10 MINUTES AFTER THEY LEFT? REALLY 1 stars
12/29/06 Austin Wertman ONE OF THE 5 BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN 5 stars
12/28/06 Todd Bring on Doomsday goddammit! 1 stars
12/25/06 johnnyfog They should have JUST STARTED OVER! Luthor is too cartoony in this setting. Singer die!!! 2 stars
12/16/06 Jen in Denmark Awful, just awful and disappointing. No story, no content, just a pile of poo. 1 stars
12/05/06 David Pollastrini great action with a few comedy bits 5 stars
11/18/06 Quigley WHAT HAPPENED?!? Bryan Singer was a good director! Too bad. Good Brandon Routh, lame action 2 stars
11/14/06 chris f exellent movie dont listen to the freaks who say its bad they no nothing 5 stars
11/14/06 Zaeem D Movie does not depict Superman. Crap dialogue & characters & costume & plot. Truth, Erik! 1 stars
11/04/06 MP Bartley Routh is good, Spacey is great, Singer does a good job...a good job all round. 4 stars
11/04/06 Sven Harvey Not bad. Horribly miscast. Perhaps the movie should have been a follow on from Smallville. 4 stars
10/20/06 Robyn Jamil-Walid Not bad, despite making Lois Lane not particularly likeable & Spacey making a lame villain. 4 stars
10/19/06 Henry Superman Returns fue del carajo 5 stars
10/17/06 Adrian This movie reflects our culture in society; the need for a hero. 4 stars
10/16/06 David I loved this film.Great special effects and story. 5 stars
10/15/06 William Goss Exhausting escapist entertainment, for better and sometimes for worse. CGI is top-notch. 4 stars
10/04/06 Baldeadly Wanted to leave half way into it.It was so BAD! 1 stars
9/23/06 Farnsy great movie with good story but it didn't leave me in awe 4 stars
9/20/06 Jami W. reminded me of an old boyfriend 1 stars
9/16/06 Aldo Actors were good but the story was BAD...Luthor never seemed threating enough 2 stars
9/04/06 The Maz Bad. Only the shitfest Clerks2 was a worse movie in 2006. 2 stars
9/02/06 Christopher Stucky Pleasant to watch, and I've already forgotten what happened in it. 3 stars
8/30/06 Matt Waterhouse Heartfelt, visually stunning, better than Pirates! Too much nitpicking going on. Fantastic! 5 stars
8/25/06 michael first one was better but still worth seeing 3 stars
8/25/06 james burke Singer likes the Donner film, but hasn't read many superman comics. He doesn't 'get' it. 2 stars
8/23/06 Chad Thomas Best movie of the summer! 5 stars
8/21/06 G Sherfy SuperLONG; could have edited out 30 minutes; 3 stars
8/17/06 Alexander Firestone Give Routh an OSCAR now!!! Fabulous performance! 5 stars
8/17/06 Pn. Spacey impoves on Hackman. End of story. 2 stars
8/15/06 Rohit Loved it! Worth for a sequel 5 stars
8/15/06 Don Paco Enough crappy superhero movies already. 2 stars
8/14/06 sweetgrrl1972 Really really boring. 1 stars
8/07/06 Michael Makes Ben Afleck's Daredevil seem like a masterspiece. 1 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant The only good film this summer. Tragically ignored by people who see 'Pirates' repeatedly. 5 stars
8/01/06 Alexander Firestone Give Brandon Routh an OSCAR right now. 5 stars
7/31/06 Michael Worst superhero movie since Batman and Robin 1 stars
7/31/06 Benjamin Meh. Chop an hour off and it would've been better. 3 stars
7/31/06 Chuck Where were the feel of greatness when you see Super? He is another hero not our Super 2 stars
7/27/06 moops Spacey disappoints, inane plot and action scenes are a bore 2 stars
7/26/06 Koitus Disappointed with ending (and green K; he would have sensed / felt it!). Also, a lame Lois 4 stars
7/25/06 Ricardo leave your brain at home to watch this film 1 stars
7/22/06 Doc Holliday Mediocre and Wooden at Best. Very miscast Lois Lane. 3 stars
7/22/06 ES Had a joygasm watching this. We all missed the Man of Steel 5 stars
7/21/06 RealDeal2006 Absolutley superb 5 stars
7/20/06 Alexander Firestone Routh is wonderful; getting the essential loneliness of the savior perfectly. 5 stars
7/19/06 Dick Shatternacker A step up in the visual effects department but life had been drained out of this super hero 4 stars
7/18/06 Michael Luthor was good. Why must lois have a kid? Cyclops should have been Superman! 5 stars
7/17/06 chris f ignore the movie nerds its a great mocie 5 stars
7/16/06 Charlie O. Smith My God -- you're all such pretentious jackasses! It was a genuinely good movie!!! 4 stars
7/15/06 Swellman I was checking my watch - not a good sign 2 stars
7/14/06 Alejandro Luna First Catwoman, then Electra and the FF. They only paved the way for this turkey. 1 stars
7/14/06 alice First part: BORING Second part: Ok 3 stars
7/13/06 harry junk 1 stars
7/12/06 Ole Man Bourbon Pointless, plotless, soulless, and BORING AS FUCK. Awful. 1 stars
7/12/06 mr. mike the '78 movie was better 3 stars
7/12/06 John S Dismal. How many millions and we get THIS for a script? Pure crap. 1 stars
7/12/06 Guy Smiley This movie sucked in spades. I saw a free bootleg and I got ripped off. 1 stars
7/12/06 Colin McEvoy Jon Peters is the only person to blame for this movie. Not the filmmakers, only Jon Peters 4 stars
7/11/06 Mike V Borrrrrrrrrrrring!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
7/11/06 Roy Excellent movie, with Fantastic effects , but it didn't leave me in Awe 4 stars
7/11/06 Joseph P. Hughes Akin to Morgan Freeman's plane crash analogy - a series of misssteps. Great SFX. 3 stars
7/10/06 Alexander Firestone Superb portrayal by Brandon Routh emphasizing Superman's essential lonliness. 5 stars
7/10/06 James Fluker This movie was boring beyond all measure. Routh and Bosworth were miscast! No action!!!! 2 stars
7/10/06 Dez An Exceelent ComeBack! Brandon Routh did an awesome job!! 5 stars
7/08/06 Trevor Simply Amazing 5 stars
7/07/06 Jiz "Boring" about sums it up. I've seen Seagal movies with better plot too. 2 stars
7/07/06 Terry Upp In a word: Boring 1 stars
7/07/06 peter arajs this movie is useless 1 stars
7/06/06 Zaw Wow! really take me back to frist time I saw Superman! Looks like remake at first isn't! 5 stars
7/05/06 Mase For suge a long big movie, it felt somewhat vacant and small. and the casting wow horrible. 3 stars
7/05/06 Seanboy A popcorn masterpiece, sits along side batman begins and spidy 2 as the best of its kind 5 stars
7/05/06 areon didn't live up to "Superman: The Movie" but still -----INCREDIBLY AMAZING 5 stars
7/04/06 R.W.Welch Not quite up to the Chris Reeve original but as close as they're likely to get. Snazzy FX. 4 stars
7/04/06 Mike Didn't meet my expectations but still was a decent flick. It seemed a little slow paced tho 4 stars
7/04/06 Alfonso Affinito An incredibly brilliant and even spiritual movie. I loved itl 5 stars
7/04/06 ajay it was okay... still a little campy and over-the-top, needs to be about 20 minutes shorter 3 stars
7/04/06 John Boring, the "character development" didn't ammount to anything. 2 stars
7/04/06 Steve-O Like Christ, Superman will die of crucifixion - at the hands of bitchy nitpicking fanboys 5 stars
7/04/06 BJaq right up there w/ "Hellboy", as the the stupidest superhero movie i've seen 1 stars
7/04/06 stingerman Puny, Stalker, Deadbeat Dad Superman 1 stars
7/03/06 Bob Boring? I thought it was ok. Not sure it was cast right, but the story was fun. 3 stars
7/03/06 LYR So very bad that it actually made me mad that I'd paid to see it! 1 stars
7/03/06 nick movie was sooooo boring 2 stars
7/03/06 phil About as bad as Childress says, and about twice as boring 2 stars
7/03/06 Dan Disappointing. The screenplay wasn't very good, and Luthor's entire plotline was stupid 2 stars
7/03/06 millersxing Too long, overhyped, the human drama is stale, & the action is dissapointing. 2 stars
7/03/06 Roy Smith Did Lex think a nuke or sniper bullet wouldn't come his way ASAP?! He is a total retard. 2 stars
7/03/06 tx2030 this is great movie! 5 stars
7/03/06 Uncle Salty Hot Molten Shit 1 stars
7/02/06 manosteelbars Awesome movie 5 stars
7/02/06 Logan Horberg what the hell? this was the best superhero movie i've seen since v for vendetta 5 stars
7/02/06 Jeff Botting The dialogue was half-baked and Lex Luthor's character was Dr. Evil.. basically. 2 stars
7/02/06 Sean D Very very good. 5 stars
7/02/06 jcjs i'm going all the way with this..rather stunned i like it much more than i expected 5 stars
7/02/06 M Franck No script. A shell of a film. Empty - yet deeply disappointing. 1 stars
7/02/06 The StarWolf This is by the same guy who gave us X-MEN and X-MEN 2? You just be joking. 2 stars
7/02/06 erick A depressed, souless Superman...great summer fun indeed. 2 stars
7/01/06 Nick Supercrap. Childress speaks the truth. 1 stars
7/01/06 steve Childress has it right word for word. 2 stars
7/01/06 George Fantastic effects with great suspense, but it didn't leave me in Awe. 4 stars
7/01/06 cpbjr loved it; HIGHLY entertaining 5 stars
7/01/06 rob Childress had completely the wrong expectations it would seem. 5 stars
7/01/06 Brian Mckay This movie was goddamn amazing. Been trying to nitpick it all night and CAN'T 5 stars
7/01/06 Obi Wan Routh was excellent choice, Singer did a very good job..but too long. 4 stars
6/30/06 phil Childress is completly right, boring as hell 2 stars
6/30/06 Jambi Such a shame, Routh was great, but the movie around him was merely "Meh"...too bad. 3 stars
6/30/06 David LeRoy Don't let others judge it for you...... See it for yourself 5 stars
6/30/06 Peter Has Childress ever read a comic book? I don't think so. 5 stars
6/30/06 Davad Childress is wrong. This movie treats Superman with a wonderful reverence. 5 stars
6/30/06 Ellen This movie was awful. It would have been so easy for people to find out Superman was Clark 2 stars
6/30/06 Scott Wow is all I can say - action with heart - who could ask for more 5 stars
6/30/06 KingNeutron Make your own judgement, but to me Routh *is* Teh New Superman. 4 stars
6/29/06 Nashberg What an epic! Everything Spiderman 2 was, only on a much bigger scale! 5 stars
6/29/06 Mark W I wanted to love this. It was weak. Clark drinks a beer? Has a child? Slow and wrong! 2 stars
6/29/06 Michael Borge The movie was poorly casted and boring 2 stars
6/29/06 Rex To long, slow, and dull. Nothing special about this movie. 2 stars
6/29/06 Mitch Terribly slow-paced and not much fun at all. Donner's is still the best. 3 stars
6/29/06 Melanie Well done! 5 stars
6/29/06 Adrien Some slow parts but still a great movie for a superhero movie. You're way too geek Erik! 4 stars
6/29/06 eric sledge IT WAS EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR AND MORE WELCOME BACK SUPER MAN CANT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL 5 stars
6/29/06 Bruce Wayne The best SuperHero Movie!!! 5 stars
6/29/06 Steve Martin Boring and overworn. Nothing original, nothing exciting. No real reason to watch. 2 stars
6/29/06 Ricky David Tripp The costume sucked. The movie was only marginally better. 3 stars
6/28/06 Frank Walker This movie reminded us of what makes Superman great and builds a foundation for great sequa 5 stars
6/28/06 Darren Shea Despite some flaws, it is a superb comic book movie. 5 stars
6/28/06 Sam Hozman Interesting take on representing "The American Way" 2 stars
6/28/06 Quiggs Fantastic Film! 5 stars
6/28/06 Reignofjerm I think Erik nailed it. I liked it for the fact that it was Superman, but it was very slow 4 stars
6/28/06 John Stone Erik Childress is an idiot, even for a movie critic. 5 stars
6/28/06 uncle bob childress nailed it. save your money for spidey 3 1 stars
6/28/06 Tswc Can I have my money back so i can use it for Spider-Man 3 please 1 stars
6/28/06 Tony Bussert I thought this was the best of the superhero movies yet. 5 stars
6/28/06 Ole Man Bourbon Beyond boring, plotless, heartless, pointless. Torture session. 1 stars
6/28/06 Doug Are you retarded? Ditching III and IV was the smartest move they could've done. 5 stars
6/28/06 Ron G This was needed to restart the series. But need to be more original and fun from here. 4 stars
6/28/06 BrianWilly Awesome movie, don't miss it. 5 stars
6/28/06 Jord Alexander very very very boring, avoid like the plague 1 stars
6/28/06 Jeremy Swank Sequel to two films made in the friggin 70s? Was looking for an new take on the franchise. 2 stars
6/28/06 Jimmy This just did not make sense, too long and not enough action - Hulksyndrome strikes again 3 stars
6/27/06 Josh Tetreault Erik Childress is a jerk, the movie was superb, possibly the best superhero film ever 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-Jun-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 28-Nov-2006

UK
  14-Jul-2006

Australia
  29-Jun-2006




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