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Based on the best-selling comic book series -- one of the first to feature an African American hero -- of Canadian artist Todd McFarlane, this dark action-fantasy follows the exploits of the Devil's newest minion, Hell Spawn, or Spawn for short. Before his untimely departure from life, Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) had been a super secret government agent. Deeply in love with his wife Wanda (Theresa Randle), he decides to leave his deadly profession, but first he must complete one last mission. While in North Korea to destroy a biological weapons plant, he is betrayed by his treacherous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film gives you the pleasurably junky sensation of living inside an apocalyptic videogame."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Dippé, an old SFX hand, needs to think about how to tell a story."
‑ , Time Out
"Has aged about as well as a banana in the sweltering sun..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's simply a parade of toys and tricks, without a jot of playfulness, knowing humour or campery to endear itself."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"A would-be cult film carefully constructed from parts of other cult films."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A moodily malevolent, anything-goes revenge fantasy that relies more upon special visual and digitally animated effects for its intended appeal than any comics-derived sci-fier to date."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin,' Beelzebubbin' effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"As a movie, 'Spawn' can't make up its mind what it wants to be any more than its protagonist knows who he is or what he wants to be."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Most of the rest of the cast suffocates beneath mountains of special-effects makeup."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness -- and may achieve it."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"As a visual experience, Spawn is unforgettable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What it doesn't have is much of a plot."
‑ , Film4
"The movie definitely lost something in the translation."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"An ugly, ugly film that makes no sense."
‑ Fred Topel,
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