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One of the most popular independent comic books of its decade was transformed into this dark, bloody adventure intended to launch a profitable superhero franchise. Michael Jai White stars as Al Simmons, a corrupt assassin betrayed and murdered by his evil government supervisor, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Sent to Hell, Simmons is offered a chance to return to the earthly plane if he will become a "Hellspawn" ("Spawn" for short), one of many super-powered creatures assigned to encourage living souls along the path to damnation. Simmons hastily agrees to this deal and becomes… 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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