Superman Returns
Superman Returns (2006)

Following a mysterious absence of several years, Superman comes back to Earth -- but things have changed. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, The Man of Steel faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 28, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bryan Singer's reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

What could possibly justify making a Superman movie that runs 154 minutes? Plenty of films last longer, but their characters are generally sharp enough to recognize a guy with or without his glasses.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Would have benefited greatly from Singer trusting his talent and assembling a Superman movie that attempted to soar beyond the heights previously achieved decades ago.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

There's a thin line between preserving an icon and merely delivering on an expensive franchise, but Singer's genuine connection to the Superman legend overcomes his predilection toward playing it safe.


For all the mountains of kryptonite ranged against him, you never fear for Superman or Lois Lane, never experience anything more intense than the fret of mild peril.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive.

Stephanie Zacharek

Superman, born in 1938, is still very much alive in 2006. The Man of Steel has so skillfully bent the bars of our imagination that he seems real to us. And in a sense, he is.

Scott Huver

Superman Returns is a great kick start to a potentially knockout new franchise, which ultimately leaves the audience, like the people of Metropolis when its greatest hero returns to the skies, brimming with hope.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Superman is always fun to watch, and I didn't mind the new Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
Christopher Heim
Certainly better than the atrocious third and fourth installments, but 'X-men' director Byran Singer's attempts at reinvigorating the dead… More
Phil Hubbs
Oh the contention, after the classic Donner/Reeve films came the rather dire third and fourth films followed by this, the sort of ignored and forgotten reboot.… More
KJ Proulx
"Superman Returns," with many returning elements from it's original source material, is not as good as the originals for many reasons, however it… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so I'll just say right off the bat that, despite this movie's flaws, Singer should be applauded for being allowed to make the film he wanted to… More
Everett Johnson
***1/2 "Superman Returns" is a sequel to "Superman 2" completely forgetting the events of 3 and 4. Here, Superman(Brandon Routh) has been… More