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: 49% 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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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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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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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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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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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

The graphic violence spatters along for an hour and a half until we reach that point when writer-director James Gunn says, "That's all I've got" and basically gives up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Chris Weber
After Defendor and Kick-Ass, this represents the third film (out of five) that I've seen to try its hand at the burgeoning subgenre of movies about… 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
Michael S
Hats off to James Gunn; he has made the most unpredictable of films in an increasingly common genre. What makes "Super" stand out is it's guts.… More

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