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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 drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offers genuine empathy with the put-upon protagonist's longing for justice, yet plays the bloody ramifications for cartoonish fun."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
""Super" could use the certitude of its hero, but the weapon it wields instead is a scalpel to see what's inside us."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Gunn's movie is an ingeniously nasty concoction that feeds the cult of superhero fandom back into itself."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"[Not] an easily digestible movie but this is ... the point - in a world where everything isn't as cut and dry as 'good versus evil', rationality is increasingly rare."
‑ Matt Looker,
"Super is the sudden kick in the crotch this summer of square-jawed superheroes never knew it needed."
‑ Jordan Farley, SFX Magazine
"Super just doesn't fly."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Great dark humor and enjoyable performances make this one a winner. Surprisingly, the animated sequences also work quite well."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Super can be very affecting and emotionally disturbing, which might not suit everyone's tastes, but it's also an absorbing, bleak and sometimes funny deviation from the usual superhero fodder."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"I will say this of Super: it commits to its premise far better than Kick-Ass; if you thought the latter was violent, you haven't seen Rainn Wilson cracking someone's head repeatedly on a rock. But at least Kick-Ass was fun."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I liked Super more than I did Defendor. . . ."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Super is a film infused with that impossibly compelling mix of deeply empathic insights, disturbingly-visualised violence and goodwill-rousing positive energy."
‑ Simon Foster,
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