Super (2011)

In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 9, 2011
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Offers genuine empathy with the put-upon protagonist's longing for justice, yet plays the bloody ramifications for cartoonish fun.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Super" could use the certitude of its hero, but the weapon it wields instead is a scalpel to see what's inside us.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

If I hadn't foolishly gone and saw Sucker Punch a couple weeks ago, this would be the worst film of the year.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Super just doesn't fly.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A sense of style can make up for a lot at the movies. But James Gunn's brutal new comedy-thriller, "Super," succeeds only in demonstrating that without it, you may not have much of anything.

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Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

Gunn's movie is an ingeniously nasty concoction that feeds the cult of superhero fandom back into itself.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Great dark humor and enjoyable performances make this one a winner. Surprisingly, the animated sequences also work quite well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The best of the "why-doesn't-someone-suit-up-and-go-fight-crime-like-Batman" genre of film, capably sold by the sure hands of the director James… More
Chris Miele
This is such an under appreciated movie. It's not a dumb fun "what if a normal guy dressed in a suit and fought crime" like Kickass was.… More
Phil Hubbs
As we reached double figures in the early 2000s decade there seemed to be a little influx of off-kilter superhero flicks. In 2009 we saw 'Defendor'… More
Melvin White
The Holy Avenger: All it takes to become a superhero is the choice to fight evil. "Shut up, crime!" Super is all in all a very fun, entertaining,… More
Spencer S.
Director James Gunn has a knack for making genre films that go outside of regular film conventions. With "Slither" he made an old time monster movie… More
Shawn Ewing
"Shut Up, Crime!" A depressed failure who has lost his wife to the depths of evil decides to take justice into his own hands. The story of Frank… More