Spawn (1997)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film gives you the pleasurably junky sensation of living inside an apocalyptic videogame.

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Time Out

Dippé, an old SFX hand, needs to think about how to tell a story.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Has aged about as well as a banana in the sweltering sun...

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Todd McCarthy

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin,' Beelzebubbin' effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness -- and may achieve it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As a visual experience, Spawn is unforgettable.

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What it doesn't have is much of a plot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Ah Spawn, we all know and love this McFarlane creation don't we. The ex-assassin back from the dead as a demonic hellspawn (from hell) armed to the teeth… More
Eric Alvarez
I thought Spawn was such a cool film as a kid, but remembering it now and having to review it, it is very has poor acting and a poor plot. One… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars!
Alex roy
I remember seeing this in the theatre and liking it. However as the years past by, I realized how lame this film really is. Spawn is the perfect example of a… More
JY Skacto
Mark A.Z. Dippe goes down the dark path with <i>Spawn</i>.<p>This 90 film isn't without its share of flaws, as some of the plot details… More
EightThirty .
19/06/2010 (DVD) Back in 1997 this flick was shockingly cool, a real "for the boys" type of film and I probably would of rated it higher. Even… More