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Superman: The Movie Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    86

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Variety

    Magnify James Bond's extraordinary physical powers while curbing his sex drive and you have the essence of Superman, a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun, though it's a movie whose limited appeal is built in.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Newsweek Jack Kroll

    Superman turns out to be a surprisingly infectious entertainment, nicely balanced between warmth and wit, intimacy and impressive special effects, comic-strip fantasy and several elements that make the movie eminently eligible for Deep Thinking about rescue fantasies, cherubic messiahs and other pieces of popcorn metaphysics. [1 Jan 1979, p.46]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.

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