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A big-budget spin-off from the series of three successful Superman movies, this film stars Helen Slater as the counterpart to the famous comic-book superhero. Supergirl is Kara, Superman's young cousin. She is sent to Earth is search of a Krypton power source, a lost ring that has been turned into a paperweight. She disguises herself as Linda Lee, a meek high-school student. Peter O'Toole is Zaltar, a mad villain who wants to use the power of the ring to take over the world. Faye Dunaway plays the evil sorceress Selena, who is also plotting to get the gem and uses her incredible powers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Screenplay is filled with witty lines and enjoyable characters, but Jeannot Szwarc's direction is rather flat."
‑ , Variety
"Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it's laughing at itself?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"a big fat what the f-word"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Boils down to a sexist catfight between two fairly powerful women for the affections of a fashionably unshaven landscaper."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"This is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Miss Slater makes a four-square heroine of unrelenting sincerity; a sturdy ingenue, she is great fun to look at but hardly a live wire."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Jeannot Szwarc's direction is flat and uninspired, emphasizing the jokey elements without any sense at all for the material."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The tagline -- "Her first great adventure." -- is wrong in at least three ways."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The Girl of Steel deserves a better movie, and a better actress to play her. Slater is very cute and looks good in the tights, but is far too wooden. Plot is utterly ridiculous."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Most delightful of the Super-series for its good-natured disregard of narrative considerations."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Female superhero can't save this '80s clunker."
‑ Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
"The plain fact is that director Jeannot Szwarc turns in a movie so ludicrous and overblown that it skips right over any semblance of logic and into a self-absorbed flight of fancy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Still something appealing about it. It's "so bad it's good", if you will. That could be the fittingly cast Helen Slater as Supergirl and her alter-ego Linda Lee, it could be the fun escapist fare of a film such as this or it could be the fact that it's t"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Slater's adorable, but the movie is an ungainly mess"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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