Superman (1978)

Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel in a big-budget epic with Oscar-winning effects. Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, Susannah York, Glenn Ford. Richard Donner directed.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 1978
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

It is this year's answer to "Star Wars," a movie that is pure escape and good, clean, unadulterated fun.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is best when it takes itself seriously, worst when it takes the easy way out in giggly camp -- as it does, finally and fatally, when Lex Luthor enters the action.

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)

All this makes a highly entertaining, though undemanding mixture, of sci-fi, romance and comedy, which could hardly have come off at all at any lower artistic level, nor without such a happy choice for the central part as Christopher Reeve.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Superman doesn't have enough conviction or courage to be solidly square and dumb; it keeps pushing smarmy big emotions at us -- but half-heartedly.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

By keeping the spectacular possibilities open, through the opening scenes of the destruction of Krypton, and the subsequent growth to manhood of the planet's only son on the plains of the Midwest, the film allows naiveté and knowingness to coexist.

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Josh Larsen

...a studio product, certainly, but also something that could have grown from one of Smallville's sun-kissed cornfields.

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Judith Martin
Washington Post

It's the simple, earth-bound quality of the film that makes this comic-book fantasy soar.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun...

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

The most influential, if not definitive comic book superhero origin story we'll ever see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I just recently re-watched this movie in all its remastered blu ray goodness and I have to say I smiled a lot and just enjoyed it for so much of what it was.… More
Everett Johnson
I've honestly never been a big "Superman" fan. But with "Man of Steel" set to come out next week, I figured I would break open a… More
Kevin M. Williams
It's 2016 now and the world is full of superhero movies. Why there's practically a new one every other month or so. So what is it about this clunker… More
Christopher Heim
Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapons) set out to make 70's audiences believe that a man CAN fly. Armed with a big budget and a charismatic cast, Donner… More
KJ Proulx
Superman is one of the greatest superhero films I have ever seen. Filled with superb dialogue and a heart wrenching story that triumphs over any hero film out… More
Alex roy
Revisiting this film a second time around, I loved it a lot more. Although I'm not that big on Superman, as I'm more a fan of Batman, this film was… More