Super 8
Super 8 (2011)

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 10, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.

Leah Rozen

Super 8 is accomplished commercial filmmaking.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

A love letter to a cinematic era, before 'blockbuster' became a synonym for 'franchise' or 'tent pole.'

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

An idealistic and powerful summer film with great characters and a wonderful script.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

A diverting but rather pointless affair, undermined by its obsessive and clinical commitment to recreating past glories.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Remember the good old days? This is the movie you went to see on a Saturday afternoon in the good old days.

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

While it may not achieve the level of pop culture canonization as the Spielberg films it invokes, Super 8 should inspire many to use their camera-phones for something more creative than a profile pic.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Spielberg and Abrams are the unwitting targets of their own irony.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

There's much to like in this story of a group of young movie-makers who stumble upon an event right out of, well, the movies.

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Will Leitch

It wants to be Spielberg, needs to be Spielberg, begs to be Spielberg. But this ain't Spielberg.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Amazing fun right out of the 70's. An excellent cast with top quality young and old creating one of the best movies ive seen in a long time. Like most… More
Christopher Heim
A decent throwback to 50's-style monster flicks with the nostalgic look and feel of a classic Spielberg flick such as E.T. Aside from its very good visual… More
Carlos Magalhes
This intriguing adventure is a nostalgic return to the late '70s and early '80s of Spielberg's movies. But even if it offers exhilarating visual… More
Jim Hunter
A group of kid filmmakers witness a train crash that leads to a battle with an extraterrestrial. There is a fine line between plagiarism and homage, but I guess… More
Christian C
J.J. Abrams' most boring project. There's hardly even any aliens/monsters on screen to justify it as an Abrams-Spielberg film. A profound let-down… More
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A group of high school geeks with an obsession with zombie movies witness a train wreck that contains a secret the military are desperate to cover up. Super 8… More