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Man of Steel

ages 12+ | 89 % Say It's Worth Your Time

With the imminent destruction of Krypton, their home planet, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child's spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) ]and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their own son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark (Henry Cavill) living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat.


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Genre: Action , Adventure , Fantasy

Director: Zack Snyder

Producer: Christopher Nolan, Lloyd Phillips, Charles Roven, Jon Peters, Emma Thomas, Thomas Tull, Deborah Snyder

Cast: Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Henry Cavill, Ayelet Zurer, Antje Traue

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Rated PG-13 Intense Seq. of Destruction|Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence|Some Language

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  • 3 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Henry Cavill = awesome as Superman. The story = fun and engaging but overall it could have used a bit more of Christopher Nolan and a bit less of Zack Snyder.

    The fighting scenes were too drawn out and although entertaining, it definitely makes you think, "OK, when is there going to be some resolve in this fight?"

    For Parents to Consider: It was violent, quite violent. The profanity is held to a minimum and there aren't many sexual references in this film. There is a great message of morality and caring for mankind. It is just portrayed in a very mature way that contrasts good morals with no morals.

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  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Best Superman movie ever! Wasn't hard to do since there hasn't been a good one since the Reeve's version. The movie was a little long but was still fun. The fights scenes were amazing and the story kept you entertained the whole time. This movie is appropriate for kids 10 and up.

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  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    1. I loved the scenes on Krypton. The technology of their world was unique and really cool.
    2. I may have disliked Russell Crowe in Les Mis, but as Jor-El he was spot-on. Loved every scene he did, especially one mid-way through the movie in a spaceship (trying not to give away too much).
    3. Henry Cavill was wonderful. He just WAS Superman.
    4. I loved the origin of the suit. And I never missed the red underwear on the outside.
    5. I thought I would miss the John Williams music, but Hans Zimmer created something so different but very powerful for the movie.
    6. The challenge the world faces was much bigger than Superman has ever before seen in a movie. The destruction was immense. I agree with others who have said that there was too much collatteral damage in the fights, and I agree for the fight in Smallville. But the destruction in Metropolis was unstoppable if the whole earth was to be saved.
    7. I like Amy Adams generally, and I liked her as Lois.
    8. The female military officer was a ditz and i did not like her. At all. Someone that high-ranking wouldn't be that dumb.
    9. I love the religious symbolism. I can count at least 5 overt types of Christ in the movie.
    10. The young Clark actors were really really great. Loved those scenes.
    11. I loved the last scene. It made we want a sequel to start right after the first move ended.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Lots of action but not for small children. A lot of fighting that includes hand to hand as well as weapons. Good story and some really good performances. Many flashbacks but they are used in a good way.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I attended the midnight premier and loved it! I enjoyed every single part of the film. It kept me entertained the entire time. There was even a sentimental aspect to the movie that made me want to be a more patient and kind person. hahaha

    There was one scene that was a little hard to follow, but I don't necessarily think it was the movies fault ;). I HIGHLY recommend this film to all comic book hero movie lovers. I will be purchasing this classic once it comes out on Blu-ray!

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  • ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    So, I'm might sound blonde with this comment, but since when did Superman become more science fiction than Star Trek? I enjoyed the first half of the movie, it contented some good character development and story line. The latter half of the movie, lacks a story line. All I can say is how many time can you smash through a building? Still enjoyed the movie, but it could have had more character development and shorter fight scenes

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Where to begin..
    This was by far the best Superman ever made and to me the best movie of the year! Regardless if you follow the comics or are just an occasional fan you will love this movie! To find negatives you would really have to nitpick, one scene involving the "Tornado" was a little frustrating don't want to give to much away but if you have seen it you know what I am talking about.

    Henry Cavill embodies the role of Superman and takes it to new heights! I enjoyed every minute and, as a avid comic book enthusiast I loved that they put references in the movie for those type of fans. Russell Crowe was perfect as Jor-El even when it was just his digital self on the ship.

    I really liked that they spend a good amount of time on Krypton explaining how their world was destroyed not just hurrying and sending Superman to Earth. It was good to provide a good back story for the planet and their race (Including General Zod) And if you pay attention they did throw in a few Lex Luthor references like the tanker that said Lex Corp.

    Overall a great movie for adults and kids a must see for the family! I can't wait for the sequel and for the Justice League to start!

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    A major flop in my opinion. Without knowing much of the back story, I was confused from the onset by the all of the chaos on the screen. The cast was great with some incredible potential, but extremely cheesy writing, over-the-top "action" and a serious case of underdevelopment including the characters, plot, and everything in between, doomed this movie from ever being something worth watching. I spent more time rolling my eyes during this movie than any movie in the recent past.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Maybe not quite the home run many fans had hoped for, but "Man of Steel" is still an enjoyable summer movie that will probably please moviegoers left cold after 2007's "Superman Returns." The action scenes are big and destructive, but not to Michael Bay levels, and the cast is excellent. Henry Cavill seems like he stepped out of a Superman comic. But it's Russell Crowe as Jor-El who really steals the show. I would have paid to see a movie just about him if Krypton weren't destroyed in the first 15 minutes.

    Purists will have a lot to gripe with, though. Snyder and co. make some pretty drastic changes to the Superman mythos, and not all of them are an improvement. If you've been waiting for the definitive Superman movie, this probably isn't it. As one iteration of the iconic character, however, it's worth watching.

    As other reviews have noted, "Man of Steel" features quite a bit of intense violence and some imagery that might be considered frightening. Not a good one for young kids.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    The first hour felt some what disjointed in the approach to telling the story how Clark becomes Superman. Which actually turns out to make total sense after they are finished with the first 45 minutes.

    However once he puts on the suit, it's one heck of a ride! This is the kind of Superman movie we've been waiting for!!!

    The emotion put into the struggle Clark has with coming to grips with the amazing powers and how to hide them so no one freaks out at him is probably the strongest part of the movie as it has to do with his relationship with Jonathan Kent.

    I have never had so much emotional impact from a movie, as I did with this one. There are two significant moments in this movie that I almost bawled my eyes out, especially with the twist ending. Yes, this movie has a twist ending... if you are familiar with Superman's moral compass, it's a very big twist.

    There is no sex in the movie, perhaps less than 5 swear words, and loads & loads of destruction.

    The biggest disappointment for me was no post-credits payoff scene. We are given no indication of any true tie-ins with a Justice League movie. Although there is a Wayne Enterprises logo, in the movie, on an orbiting satellite.

    I give this 4/4 stars.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was borderline with me if I liked it or not. I ultimately gave it a like and I did it for a few reasons. First off, I think Henry Cavill was perfect as Superman, I like how they didn't make Clark Kent look like a nerd in this movie, he was just a normal guy finding out who he was and how he fits in. Kevin Costner is also really great as Clark Kent's Earth father. There was enough internal struggle within Clark Kent to keep the story alive in the movie.

    he things I did not like was the stuff on his home planet Krypton. It was just too weird for me. I also thought this movie was way to long, especially the final battle. Zack Snyder decided to go to big with this movie and it almost overpowered the entire story.

    There is violence in this movie and a little profanity but I think it is appropriate for the older kids. Overall, it was an okay film that good of been great, but I do think it sets up for an awesome sequel.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It was interesting to see this version of Super Man. I enjoyed the backstory, spanning from his birth to different experiences he had growing up, to how he came to terms with everything. I thought the portrayal of a journalist - Lois Lane - was a bit unrealistic, but hey, it's a movie. I liked the father-son relationships Clark had with his natural father and adopted father. Good family values at work. So it was a fun movie with a good story. The only downside - at least to me - were the final battle scenes. I didn't mind the action, I liked it. But it seemed to drag on forever. Ok, I get that you dudes are super strong and can throw each other across the galaxy, but get to the end already. Because the fight scene went on so long, and the characters seemed so indestructible, the final death of a certain bad guy seemed abrupt and too good to be true. Just my take. I think it's a safe movie for families to see, if you don't mind a few lengthy fight scenes.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed this movie immensely. Granted, there were moments when I thought it was never going to end as well. The approach to showing the roots of Ka'el, a.k.a. Superman are fascinating and well done. The film does a superb job in my eyes of painting a picture of morals in society and what is right/wrong. It discusses several important themes like bullying, friendship, and ultimately hope. Even though many of the fight scenes were too long and minimized some of that message, I left the film feeling a refreshed sense of hope, that all people have good in them if we take the time to understand who they are and what their purpose is. Overall well worth a watch.

    Parent's note: As several others have mentioned, there is a lot of violence. Bullying occurs early in the film, and a lot of combat ensues, both fist to fist and also with weapons. The violence does not show a lot of gore. There is very limited sexuality or profanity in the film. Avoid it with young children in my opinion.

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This movie was awesome. If you walk out of the theater and think "hmm not sure if I liked it or not" then you need to go straight to the authorities and turn yourself in because there is a great likelihood you are anti American and could easily be recruited by Al Qaeda.

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    What pretty much happened with this film is Director Nolan made an attempt to apply all the story-telling techniques of the batman series and applied them to Superman. I really found this film to be a mixed bag. On the one hand the story telling is meticulous and thought out in a really good way. Superman's personal history is tied into the narrative in a more solid and clear way than ever before. When they say this is a re-boot, they meant it. Many many deviations have been made form the original film series and the comic books to create a unique story of how an alien came to be, and live on earth.
    On the other hand I found the overall plot to be a little on the depressing side. A massive part of the plot has to do with the downfall of Superman's people. It could have been the sound system in the theater, but I found this film to be very loud and grating as the super people smash and destroy constantly through the second half of the movie.
    Overall I think you could probably wait to see this on video. I give this a high PG-13 for violence, 2 derogatory references to male anatomy and some disturbing imagery.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Henry Cavill is great...overcoming one of my worries. Russel Crowe is the best JorEl so far. 3.5 stars out of 4

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  • KSL Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Can you have too much of a good thing? The answer is yes, and "Man of Steel" proves it. While replete with incredible moments, "Man of Steel" misses wonderful opportunities to be a truly great film... See Full Review

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  • ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I saw the pre-screening of Man of Steel and thought it was a fantastic movie. From an entertainment point of view only it gets a 10 out of 10. But that is only part of what matters to those of us who love Superman. This reboot of the Superman franchise could be absolutly the best Superman movie ever produced but I need to see it again to help me get my mind around some of the things presented in this movie before I will make a solid statement to that effect. The cast of this movie does a great job for the most part. There are some flaws in this film and Superman purists will struggle with some of the storyline flaws as they relate to the traditional Superman Story. I will not discuss this any further however because they have little effect on the effectivnesss of the film because the just simply work in. So you are probably thinking about now why did he say it was good. Well it is because it is. The things I have mentioned above are so minor most will not even notice them. And the film starts out on the Home planet from which Clark Kent was sent from. The scenes are spectacular and most impressive. The opening scene sets up the whole movie and if it had failed the whole film would have failed. Russel Crowe plays Supermans father Jor El on Krypton who ends up launching his son away on a journey to earth just before the destruction of Krypton. The movie moves from Krypton to Earth where we get some great scenes of flashbacks of Kent Clarks groing up. From seeing his struggles as he had to learn how to cope with his emerging special talents to other events in his life that moulded and shaped him into the man that eventually is Superman. The movie starts with action then goes a little light for a bit and after setting up earth we get right back into great action scenes with a absolutly brilliant script. This is not going to be a see it one time and done movie for the majority of people. You will most likely have to see it again to be able to absorb and wrap your head around all that is presented in this film. I would love to go into more detail that I am but I do not want to spoil this movie for anyone. The truth is I am pretty sure I am going to be able to get it all in by the second viewing with one exception and that is the ending. While it is a great ending and it totaly works I have one problem with it and if you go see it I am sure you will know what that is. And I hope that I can get my head wrapped around it because it is the only thing I truely have a problem with in this film. Go see it and give me your thoughts. I think you will find it worth every penny you spend to go to see it in a theater. Hope you enjoy it.

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Man of Steel was a super hero movie that I have been looking forward to ever since the crash and burn debacle of Iron Man 3. I went in very excited but slightly cautious because of my bad experience with Iron Man 3. Needless to say from the opening scene to the last scene I was enthralled by this movie! Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan reboot the Superman franchise and, in my opinion, take it to the next level. This is not your father's Superman movie. It's a bit darker, more emotional and more violent than previous Superman movies. I'll admit, I've been a Superman fan since the 1970's but would not consider myself a "hardcore" fan (even though Superman is one of my favorites).

    This movie, for me, opened my eyes into more story as it relates to Krypton and Superman's family and his enemies. The opening sequence spends at least 15-20 minutes on Superman's home planet. I was intrigued and excited to see the character development, along with some good action scenes.

    There are a few scenes where it does get emotional. Seeing how Jonathan Kent dies tugs on the heart strings a bit.

    One of the few things I wished they would've spent more time on was the character development between Superman and Lois Lane. That was the one part of the movie that felt a BIT rushed.

    With most Christopher Nolan movies I've come to be aware that dialogue outdoes the lack of action at times. In this movie there is a better balance between the two. In fact the action scenes, more specifically the fight scenes, were AMAZING! I honestly couldn't get enough of them (although I could see how some people might think it's too much).

    I saw it in 3D (non-IMAX) but I wouldn't say the 3D really added to the movie other than visual depth. I would highly recommend seeing it in IMAX (which I will be doing on opening day).

    The movie makers did take on a few liberties of their own and added a "twist" in the final battle scene that might make the hardcore fans upset as it goes against the Superman (and even Batman) code/moral.

    There are probably 10-15 swear words and a few parts with crude humor (specifically talking about male body parts).

    Loved this movie and can't wait to see it again. 4/4 Stars (I'm waiting to see it again to really make sure I'd give it 4 stars)

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I can't understand why 'Man of Steel' wasn't better received by critics. What's not to like about this movie?

  • ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I say this is worth your time with some hesitation. I expected a lot more from a Superman reboot. My main issue was the ending battle. It was too long and drawn out. Some of the rest of the story was a bit difficult to understand and I didn't put it all together until the end (which I don't think was the point). Anyway, it is a good watch but it also felt too long.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Not a big fan of this movie. I had high expectations though.

  • clearplay.com

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    The main strength of this reboot is the depth that it adds to the story of Superman’s birth and the fate of Krypton. And it doesn’t skimp on the action, either, which was a criticism of the last reboot, Superman Returns. The special effects are stunning, almost to the point of being overwhelming... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Awesome movie. It was full of action and I liked how it moved around a lot. It showed different parts of his life. Definitely a different take on Superman and I really enjoyed it. I would buy this and add to my collection.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I really liked this film. Henry Cavill is awesome as Superman, and I really like that he is an all around good guy. The fight scenes are a little bit long, and sometimes you wonder if it will end, but for the most part they are pretty awesome. It was a good overall film, and my wife even liked it, which is a big deal, because she usually falls asleep in these kinds of movies.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Visually stunning. Story is a little rough. Contains cheap shot potty mouth dialogue which seems way out of place.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This film was almost too big to fail. But I liked it in spite of its epicness. However to agree with some other critics, it was hard to believe Superman would be OK with Metropolis being destroyed in such a way, yet the final sequence shows him making a huge decision to save only a handful of people threatened with death.

    Aside from that, I thought the acting was exceptional, the direction was great and the visuals were astounding.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Not sure why they started the series over again but this one was pretty good, worthy of going to the theater.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It was great up until the half-hour-long fight scene at the end. That and the dialogue...holy cow there were some cheesy lines. And [SPOILER] they kiss at the end? Seriously?

    Yeah, see it for the backstory but don't get your hopes up for the last part.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought this gave a good back story as to how superman came to earth from krypton. I liked how they tried to not follow the traditional superman storyline.

    I can't think of anything in the movie that would be horrible for kids to see other then the superhero fighting scene.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I enjoyed Man of Steel, it felt a little to much lime Star Trek to me at times, but when they were on earth, it was a good classic Superman. I recommend it, I took my kids 11 y.o. Boy and 9 y.o. Girl with me. They both also enjoyed the show.

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Not what I expected but still very good!

  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Okay movie, easily able to shorten.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This was a great "NOT" a remake of the Superman series. I really enjoyed the new take on the story.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This was a pretty good movie, but I felt like there needed to be more plot and humor to the it. The action scenes and effects were very impressive though and kept me entertained through out the entire film. It doesn't compare to The Dark Knight in my opinion but it's definitely a lot better than DC's last Superman film. Overall it was a very fun movie to watch.

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    The first half of the movie was, well, moving. The second half seemed a little heavy on punching and less on storyline. I loved that the S on his chest is a symbol of hope. Rarely a bad thing to watch a Superman movie, and this was a good one.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I am a huge MARVEL comics fan. With that said, this movie was awesome. Very fast paced, action packed great actors! It was really LOUD! However, my son and I really enjoyed it. Worth going to see twice. As good as Iron Man not as dark as Batman.

  • Parents Television Council

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Man of Steel affects a muted color palette, excessive and extremely realistic violence, and a grim, humorless tone. As a result, it is far from a feel-good, pop-fantasy superhero film for kids... See Full Review

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    ...has the makings of an engaging drama and features thematic elements that viewers of faith in particular can appreciate... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This film is a very intense film to watch. This is partially thanks to just how violent the action sequences are and you realize just how many peopole die. But the film is worth your time to watch. The characters in this film are amazing and easily able to become emotionally invested in. It was honestly more experience than just a movie when looking at this film.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Some of the CGI is over the top, but the back story, and the cast are fantastic. Very enjoyable.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Best movie of the year.... thought provoking and inspiring. A must see for those that believe there is a difference between good and evil in this world.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    So amazing. The fight scenes are so well put together, I'd see it again in a heartbeat.

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It sounds like I hated “Man of Steel” — and that’s not true. I liked it when I really wanted to love it. Lower your expectations a bit, and you should be just fine... See Full Review

  • kidstvmovies.about.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel does its job of setting up the story for anyone who's lived under a rock and never heard of Superman or Krypton. The world created in Man of Steel is often gorgeous and occasionally breathtaking, but the film overall feels heavy and overloaded with story... See Full Review

  • MovieGuide.org

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Super-smart and super-cool, MAN OF STEEL is one of the most satisfying and most moving superhero movies yet. It has all the excitement you expect, but it also delivers a powerful, redemptive, heroic story. The script is brilliantly structured, with a great character arc for Superman... See Full Review

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Snyder brings a serious and pensive Superman to the big screen. While there are moments of humor in this film, audiences never get the same endearing antics we saw in Christopher Reeves’ portrayal of the alien visitor disguised as a bumbling reporter... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This is less an updating of Superman than a downgrade.
    That is not the fault of British actor Henry Cavill, who plays Clark Kent and Superman with a lot of heart behind that flawlessly heroic jaw, cleft chin, and broad shoulders. It is the sour tone of the script and the drab look of the film, with completely unnecessary post-production 3D adding a greyish cast over the bleached-out images... See Full Review

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I think this movie is a super disappointment. Far more annoying than inspiring... See Full Review

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    From its production design — ugly, black, insectoid spaceships — to its instantly forgettable Hans Zimmer musical score, this movie goes out of its way to remove itself from the Christopher Reeve “Superman” movies. And it is the poorer for it... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The story, while sometimes soaring, is other times grounded by a hyperactive and numbing vibe... See Full Review


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