Superman II
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Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When terrorists threaten to destroy Paris with a thermonuclear device as they hold reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) hostage, Superman (Christopher Reeve) comes to the rescue and flings the weapon into space. However, its blast outside the earth's orbit awakens Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran), three villains from Superman's home planet of Krypton… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Let's face it, times change, and Superman and friend have sweetly embraced the spirit of the '80s as well as each other."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The combination of Richard Donner's superb original casting and visual attack with Lester's wit and his ear for sound proves a pretty formidable alliance."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's an entertaining and fun follow-up that definitely made good on the promise of evil doers who'd challenge the man of steel for all he's worth."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A fine follow-up, it's easy to understand why some consider Superman II to be the pick of the series."
‑ , Film4
"An especially fun movie and a rare instance of a sequel that not only equals, but even betters, its original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As good a matinee movie as could be imagined."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Superman II begins in midstream, and never looks back..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"On some levels soars above its predecessor with a more personal story; credible, menacing villains and an impeccable cast."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Manages to gain classic comic book feature status through a combination of great stunts and a great human angle."
‑ Chris Hewitt (UK), Empire Magazine
"The spectacular battle scenes, the tenderly poignant love story, and the still-amusing work by Hackman make its broad transgressions quite forgivable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Superman II is a marvelous toy."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Witty, action-packed superadventure with big themes."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
"This is first class entertainment with a little bit of everything thrown in for good measure."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"A definitive look at the strange, impossible love triangle of Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman… not perfect, but in the annals of comic-book movies it remains an indispensable touchstone."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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