Superman Returns

Superman Returns
Superman Returns
  • PG-13
  • 2h 34m
  • 2006
Certified Fresh75%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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While old enemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) plots to render him powerless, Superman (Brandon Routh) must face the heartbreaking realization that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on with her life. Or has she? From the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space, Superman blazes an epic journey of redemption to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction. Director Bryan Singer takes the helm in this superpowered epic action-adventure that reunites Superman with a world that's almost learned to live without him.
© 2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: Bryan Singer's reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.
Reviews
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

The battle is won: but only just.

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

... while I can't call it a home run, I'll say it's a solid base hit.

January 15, 2019
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Fresh

Logical progression, intelligent reappraisal, and nostalgia trip all in one, Superman Return is be...

June 21, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joe Williams
Fresh

Singer's revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magi...

January 15, 2019
Village Voice
J. Hoberman
Fresh

The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all...

January 15, 2019
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
Common Sense Says
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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
  • Release Date:June 28, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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