Super (2011)

In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Super's intriguing premise and talented cast are drowned in a blood-red sea of graphic violence, jarring tonal shifts, and thinly written characters.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Offers genuine empathy with the put-upon protagonist's longing for justice, yet plays the bloody ramifications for cartoonish fun.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Super" could use the certitude of its hero, but the weapon it wields instead is a scalpel to see what's inside us.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

If I hadn't foolishly gone and saw Sucker Punch a couple weeks ago, this would be the worst film of the year.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Super just doesn't fly.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A sense of style can make up for a lot at the movies. But James Gunn's brutal new comedy-thriller, "Super," succeeds only in demonstrating that without it, you may not have much of anything.

Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

Gunn's movie is an ingeniously nasty concoction that feeds the cult of superhero fandom back into itself.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Great dark humor and enjoyable performances make this one a winner. Surprisingly, the animated sequences also work quite well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Working pretty well as a sympathetic character study centered on a righteous man who believes he is on a divine mission from God, this inspired movie is like a… More
Spencer S.
Director James Gunn has a knack for making genre films that go outside of regular film conventions. With "Slither" he made an old time monster movie… More
Kevin M. Williams
The best of the "why-doesn't-someone-suit-up-and-go-fight-crime-like-Batman" genre of film, capably sold by the sure hands of the director James… More
Chris Miele
This is such an under appreciated movie. It's not a dumb fun "what if a normal guy dressed in a suit and fought crime" like Kickass was.… More
Phil Hubbs
As we reached double figures in the early 2000s decade there seemed to be a little influx of off-kilter superhero flicks. In 2009 we saw 'Defendor'… More
Melvin White
The Holy Avenger: All it takes to become a superhero is the choice to fight evil. "Shut up, crime!" Super is all in all a very fun, entertaining,… More