Superman Returns
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The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon's film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the events of Superman II and the world has gotten used to life without Superman (Brandon Routh) ever since his puzzling disappearance years earlier. Upon his return, he finds a Metropolis that doesn't need him anymore, while Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with another young suitor Richard White (James Marsden) in the meantime. As the hero begins to tackle the fact that life on Earth has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"What could possibly justify making a Superman movie that runs 154 minutes? Plenty of films last longer, but their characters are generally sharp enough to recognize a guy with or without his glasses."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Would have benefited greatly from Singer trusting his talent and assembling a Superman movie that attempted to soar beyond the heights previously achieved decades ago."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"One of this summer's best action movies."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"None of which would register if Routh weren't a Superman whom if we don't need we can at least feel for."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"There's a thin line between preserving an icon and merely delivering on an expensive franchise, but Singer's genuine connection to the Superman legend overcomes his predilection toward playing it safe."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"For all the mountains of kryptonite ranged against him, you never fear for Superman or Lois Lane, never experience anything more intense than the fret of mild peril."
‑ , Film4
"The movie runs nearly half an hour longer than it should, with a new plot strand introduced in the third act that has questionable vitality in the presumed sequel."
‑ Eric Kohn, Reverse Shot
"Underneath its mechanical safety and mild-manners, this movie does have some heart and some muscle. You'll come to like having it around, even if you thought you'd already moved on."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Superman Returns is a great kick start to a potentially knockout new franchise, which ultimately leaves the audience, like the people of Metropolis when its greatest hero returns to the skies, brimming with hope."
‑ Scott Huver,
"More stolid than awe-inspiring"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Superman Returns feels eager to please, and it frequently succeeds, but despite its best intentions, it seldom soars to the height of 1978's Superman: The Movie"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
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