Superman II
Superman II (1981)

Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When terrorists threaten to destroy… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

What seems to have been lost is the straightforward heroic exuberance of the original film, despite Reeve's gallant and endearing efforts.

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Variety Staff

A solid, classy, cannily constructed piece of entertainment which gets down to action almost immediately.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's an entertaining and fun follow-up that definitely made good on the promise of evil doers who'd challenge the man of steel for all he's worth.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Let's face it, times change, and Superman and friend have sweetly embraced the spirit of the '80s as well as each other.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The combination of Richard Donner's superb original casting and visual attack with Lester's wit and his ear for sound proves a pretty formidable alliance.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

On some levels soars above its predecessor with a more personal story; credible, menacing villains and an impeccable cast.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As good a matinee movie as could be imagined.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Superman II begins in midstream, and never looks back...

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Ed Grant
Common Sense Media

Witty, action-packed superadventure with big themes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
It may not set an new standards in this series, especially because it's almost impossible to live up to the amazement that the original film brought to the… More
Thomas Bowler
Funny and cool with a great spin on the man of steel. Full review later.
Everett Johnson
**** "Superman 2" is one off those sequels that does a lot of the same as the first one, but changes it up enough to actually be better. Here,… More
xGary Xx
Lois Lane puts two and two together and (finally!) works out that Clark and Superman are one and the same, leading to his renouncing his powers to live his life… More
Christopher Heim
Replacing Donner halfway through production, Richard Lester's (A Hard Day's Night) campy slapstick tone severely clashes with the serious tone of the… More
Aj V
My favourite Superman movie, it's not just action, it's funny too. The story is good and exciting. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend… More