Supergirl (1984)

A big-budget spin-off from the series of three successful Superman movies, this film stars Helen Slater as the counterpart to the famous comic-book superhero. Supergirl is Kara, Superman's young cousin. She is sent to Earth is search of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 21, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The effects are cheesy and Supergirl's wide-eyed, cheery heroine simply isn't interesting to watch for an hour and a half.


Screenplay is filled with witty lines and enjoyable characters, but Jeannot Szwarc's direction is rather flat.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Why even go to the trouble of making a movie that feels like it's laughing at itself?

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Nick Rogers

With catastrophe rotting its marrow, "Supergirl" exemplifies the wisdom in waiting to ensure a great female superhero movie. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will kick down very big doors. "Supergirl" knocks itself out by heedlessly running into one.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Miss Slater makes a four-square heroine of unrelenting sincerity; a sturdy ingenue, she is great fun to look at but hardly a live wire.

Rob Vaux

A festering dump of bad ideas, corny lines and Hollywood excess.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Most delightful of the Super-series for its good-natured disregard of narrative considerations.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Even with more than thirty years of subsequent comic book movies, plenty of them just so terrible, this one still stands out for being particularly awful.

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Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media

Female superhero can't save this '80s clunker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
After the third and rather dismal 'Superman' film we got this spin off from the franchise about Superman's cousin. To be totally honest any film… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
I liked her! There were some slow depressing scenes on Krypton and in the Phantom Zone, but the superfeats on Earth were spectacular. It's all very nice.… More
Aj V
Finally Supergirl gets a movie! If you love the comics and the Superman movies, you should check this movie out. Not that it's a classic or anything,… More
Dean King
A very good spin off from the Superman films. Very similar and is a typical 80's action film with some great actors appearing in it. Worth seeing if you… More
Jason Spencer
Although the story isn't very good and the bad guy was lame I thought this was a decent flick. The flying scenes were decent and the casting of Helen… More
xGary Xx
I hope Faye, Peter and Mia got paid a HELL of a lot of money to embarrass themselves in this ludicrous drivel...