Spawn (1997)

This thriller tells the story of the burnt, scarred, Hellspawn, who keeps performing heroic deeds despite efforts of his demon guide and unattainable temptation to return to his former life.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This barely coherent hunk of junk is like a cheap horror film with only a suggestion of the grisliness that appeals to fans of cheap horror films.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness -- and may achieve it.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Violent '90s apocalyptic horror tale is dreadful.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The film gives you the pleasurably junky sensation of living inside an apocalyptic videogame.

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Time Out

Dippé, an old SFX hand, needs to think about how to tell a story.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Ends up feeling like every other mid-budget comic book movie from the second half of the 1990s, and that was a uniquely dispiriting moment for such things.

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Todd McCarthy

A moodily malevolent, anything-goes revenge fantasy that relies more upon special visual and digitally animated effects for its intended appeal than any comics-derived sci-fier to date.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The nonsensical screenplay can barely stand-up to the hellzapoppin,' Beelzebubbin' effects mustered by first-time director Mark Dippe.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Has aged about as well as a banana in the sweltering sun...

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Ah Spawn, we all know and love this McFarlane creation don't we. The ex-assassin back from the dead as a demonic hellspawn (from hell) armed to the teeth… More
Eric Alvarez
I thought Spawn was such a cool film as a kid, but remembering it now and having to review it, it is very has poor acting and a poor plot. One… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars!
Alex roy
I remember seeing this in the theatre and liking it. However as the years past by, I realized how lame this film really is. Spawn is the perfect example of a… More
JY Skacto
Mark A.Z. Dippe goes down the dark path with <i>Spawn</i>.<p>This 90 film isn't without its share of flaws, as some of the plot details… More
EightThirty .
19/06/2010 (DVD) Back in 1997 this flick was shockingly cool, a real "for the boys" type of film and I probably would of rated it higher. Even… More