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Superman II Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    87

    out of 100

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

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It boasts a more consistent tone, better special effects (such as villains throwing buses around like paper planes), and even an affecting love story.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A marvelous toy. It's funny, it's full of tricks and it manages to be royally entertaining, which is really all it aims for.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It brings the fantastic into our everyday lives; it delights in showing us the reaction of the man on the street to Superman's latest stunt.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    Superman II emerges as a solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    A marvelous toy. It's funny, it's full of tricks and it manages to be royally entertaining, which is really all it aims for.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Time Richard Schickel

    A stylish, well-paced film with a good variety of moods and moves.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Newsweek David Ansen

    Superman II is a success, a stirring sequel to the smash of '79. Whether you will prefer it to the original is like choosing between root beer and Fresca. They're both bubbly, but the flavor is different. What the follow-up doesn't have is the epic lyricism of Richard Donner's version; it's harder edged, fleeter on its feet, less reverential. [22 June 1981, p.87]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Superman II delivers on the promise hinted at in "Superman." Which is the better film? That's a hard choice to make, since both succeed in different ways.

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