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Superman Returns

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy

He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Thrilling but violent, tense return for the Man of Steel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie features some violent images, beginning with the fiery crash of Superman's return vehicle, along with lots of explosions, earth-shakings, giant waves, and an especially harrowing sequence in which a plane almost crashes. There's an earthquake, a bank robbery, and a near-drowning. And lots of bloodless violence: The villain stabs Superman repeatedly, and in a long scene, Superman is kicked and beaten. Someone is crushed by a piano. Some younger kids could be upset by the fact that both mothers and sons are in jeopardy, and some scenes are very sad (Superman grieves for his lost father and his changed relationship with Lois; when he's in the hospital, people worry). Finally, it wouldn't be summer without smoking in a movie (every year it happens in kids' films...) -- Lois carries cigarettes; one scene in a bar shows beer drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the importance of family connections and reconciliations, even following separations. They can also discuss how Superman faces his fear and vulnerability and still serves others generously.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The movie has an undercurrent of personal drama that leaves you with a lump in your throat and an urgent need to see Superman return again.

- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

After long expectation, I'm pretty sure lots of Superman fans, like me, are disappointed with this one. The fans were expecting more since Bryan Singer's got to be the director but then he decided not to put any action at all, this is basically only showing Superman helping people from falling objects. Brandon Routh with his good looking face is actually not that bad. God damn it, learn from Spider-Man or Batman, people!

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 stars

I really enjoy Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns". I love where the story was taken, everything seems deterministic and action, drama and romance stem from the actions of the characters; like any good should. Visually, the special effects and cinematography are dazzling. I also really like the performances, Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey are all natural fits for me. In the end it's really the character drama and romance that seal the deal for me. It's a brave vision for those elements to take the center of the story, rather than the action, but it's something that is extremely satisfying and resonant.

- stevenecarrier, Wednesday, October 6, 2010

3 stars

a hybrid of terrible scenes with amazing ones, a total reboot might have been a better decision and the script could have been much better.

- sanjurosamurai, Saturday, January 15, 2011