Superman (1978)

Opening on Krypton, this film follows Superman as he's sent to Earth and develops his alter-ego Clark Kent. Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet and falls in love with Lois Lane. But the love story is sidetracked once the villainous Lex… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Superman doesn't have enough conviction or courage to be solidly square and dumb; it keeps pushing smarmy big emotions at us -- but half-heartedly.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

By keeping the spectacular possibilities open, through the opening scenes of the destruction of Krypton, and the subsequent growth to manhood of the planet's only son on the plains of the Midwest, the film allows naiveté and knowingness to coexist.

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph

All this makes a highly entertaining, though undemanding mixture, of sci-fi, romance and comedy, which could hardly have come off at all at any lower artistic level, nor without such a happy choice for the central part as Christopher Reeve.

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Judith Martin
Washington Post

It's the simple, earth-bound quality of the film that makes this comic-book fantasy soar.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun...

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Josh Larsen

...a studio product, certainly, but also something that could have grown from one of Smallville's sun-kissed cornfields.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is best when it takes itself seriously, worst when it takes the easy way out in giggly camp -- as it does, finally and fatally, when Lex Luthor enters the action.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Superman is a pure delight...

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

The most influential, if not definitive comic book superhero origin story we'll ever see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I just recently re-watched this movie in all its remastered blu ray goodness and I have to say I smiled a lot and just enjoyed it for so much of what it was.… More
Christopher Heim
Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapons) set out to make 70's audiences believe that a man CAN fly. Armed with a big budget and a charismatic cast, Donner… More
KJ Proulx
Superman is one of the greatest superhero films I have ever seen. Filled with superb dialogue and a heart wrenching story that triumphs over any hero film out… More
Alex roy
Revisiting this film a second time around, I loved it a lot more. Although I'm not that big on Superman, as I'm more a fan of Batman, this film was… More
Everett Johnson
I've honestly never been a big "Superman" fan. But with "Man of Steel" set to come out next week, I figured I would break open a… More
Melvin White
Lex Luthor: It's kryptonite, Superman. Little souvenir from the old home town. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home.  "The movie that… More