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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

0 star

I hate this film, I don't know what gave Bryan Singer the audacity to sat 'Forget the last 2 films, I've got a better idea'. How dare he! Start again, you wont be able to top the first film but put your own mark on it! Its just so painfully crap, Singer is very overrated and the actors all do a pretty lousy job with their characters (apart from Spacey who is the only saving grace). My biggest problem with it is the storyline. Suddenly a whole continent of Kryptonite can't stop Superman ever though a pebble of the stuff nearly kills him. Don't get me started on the whole 'Superboy' scene. At least Superman fans are united in condemning it, I just hope it has not killed Superman's chances in the future. I'm watching Smallville from now on!

- SirPant, Thursday, September 3, 2009

4 stars

Simply couldn't be better than that. Kevin Spacey is a great Lex Luthor. Astonishing special effects.

- emilebond007, Sunday, August 9, 2009

4 stars

I found Superman Returns actually fun, the effects are great, and I think Brandon Routh played a very cool Superman. Some cheesy moments and plot holes, but that doesn't take away the fun and coolness that is Superman. I personally thought Kevin Spacey was tremendous, and greatly increased the Lex Luthor lovers. Although its not Batman Begins, its definently one of the coolest reboots out there.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, June 13, 2011