An assassin names Al Simmons is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn. Al makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth as spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil's minion, the clown, to kill Wynn.
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Rotten: There's no suspense, no emotional involvement with the characters, and the cynical, sophomoric storytelling is confusing.
- Andy Seiler, USA Today, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: It's simply a parade of toys and tricks, without a jot of playfulness, knowing humour or campery to endear itself.
- Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine, Monday, July 12, 2010
Mark A.Z. Dippe goes down the dark path with Spawn.This 90 film isn't without its share of flaws, as some of the plot details are vague. There are pieces that could do with a little more elaboration; however, there is enough detail to make sense of the story and follow. The film has a dark style to it, which leaves the film more gloomy in nature, but this is how it should be.The usage of effects and green screen is obvious, although it is satisfactory for its time. The action also has its moments thanks to the powers of Spawn.Michael Jai White may be Spawn, but this film belongs to John Leguizamo. He ends up as the perfect fit for the Violator and his consistent use of "black" humor. Martin Sheen steps in with a solid performance. Theresa Randle is too monotone until the very end.Spawn does have room for improvement, but for what it is, it is a solid 90 minute watch.
- skactopus, Sunday, February 24, 2013
Very bad CGI-epileptic fest, Macfarlane should be ashamed.
- DragonEyeMorrison, Sunday, June 15, 2008
Finally watched it again 12 years after I saw it in the cinema. It's just as bad as I remembered it being. The voice-over and lack of violence really harm the dark source material. The make-up is fantastic. Seeing Leguizamo as a short, fat clown is still incredible. Leguizamo is also obviously having a lot of fun and it's his presence that keep this film vaguely interesting. It punches above it's weight with a large amount of poor CGI that now looks even more ridiculous than in 1997. It manages to evoke some camp charm and some successful gothic imagery, which makes it a strange mix between Burton and Schumacher's Batman films. With this and Batman and Robin in one year, it's no wonder that 1997 was the year comic-book movies nearly became extinct.
- kiriyamakazou, Sunday, April 26, 2009