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Reviews: Man of Steel (2013)

man_of_steelReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: 145 minuti di azione ininterrotta, un tour de force che annienta qualsiasi riflessione, appiattisce ogni svolta drammatica e colpisce a morte il film con la sua ottusa ripetitività
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Iako se teško može nazvati promašajem, “Covjek od celika” s obzirom na visoka ocekivanja i reputaciju svojih tvoraca ipak predstavlja svojevrsno razocaranje.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: I don’t think in fairness I can call Man of Steel a failure. Perhaps not a failure but a very weak success.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Man of Steel is a bit of an anomaly among summer blockbusters in that its most successful passages are the quiet ones, its dialogue scenes and Malick-ian montages (The Fortress of Solitude of Life?) far more memorable than the actions beats — which amount to an ugly blur of sped-up punches, shaky cam, and blown-out lighting.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Zack Snyder’s overblown, overlong and overdone Superman reboot features a charming star turn by Henry Cavill but buries him inside a drearily violent, flashback-riddled story.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
    • Excerpt: alien anchor baby makes good
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: When a superhero movie — and a decently-made, lavishly-produced one about Superman at that — doesn’t qualify as wall-to-wall entertainment, it’s tough to be completely satisfied.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The good and grand things outnumber the bad, but the film works as hard as it can to keep that from being the case.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: the “Batman Begins” of Superman movies, carrying all the positive and negative connotations that come along with it
  • Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Zack Snyder gets mired down in origin story-itis, dwelling on the science fiction aspects that have less to do with the Superman than his planet’s story. It’s telling that the film’s most emotional and heroic scene belongs to Kevin Costner.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: To say that Costner could garner an Oscar nomination for this performance if Warner campaigned for it is not overselling his work in MAN OF STEEL.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Viendo la película, no sólo me parece que la estructura es un desastre (Zod debería llegar mucho antes a la Tierra, así como Clark Kent ser Superman), sino que me parece que se les iban ocurriendo cosas sobre la marcha, sin tener en cuenta si narrativamente eran coherentes con lo contado anteriormente, o detenerse a plantar elementos en la trama.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL, which was written and produced by the “Dark Knight” team of Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, is absolutely a reaction, if not an outright rebuttal, to Bryah Singer “Superman Returns.” Fans apparently wanted an edgier, grittier and modern take on Superman; not a love letter to a nearly 30 year old movie, and they’ve gotten it here.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Man of Steel gives us some things we might never have expected from Superman but doesn’t give the character what he needs to thrive.
  • Susan Granger @ www,susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: The most exhilarating comic book movie of the summer!
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: This isn’t the Superman movie we need, but it’s the one we deserve.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: he big, make-or-break difference between Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and Man of Steel lies in who’s actually doing the filmmaking. Zack Snyder is a technical wizard and messy, dramatic filmmaker, with a compensating passion for the big screen as an expressive space. He has more sense of cinematic show and shape and in his little toe than Nolan and most of his ilk have in their whole bodies.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Towers with ambition, swelled by sweeping philosophies about power and presence on scales both planetary and personal, beautifully balanced by a wellspring of wry tragedy.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It could lead to a super franchise, but aside from a few smiles and flashes of humor, “Man of Steel” never surrenders the long face.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: You have to give Christopher Nolan, David Goyer and Zach Snyder an A for effort. Man of Steel, the second attempt to drag the Superman legend into the 21st century may be a bit unfocused and reliant on too much CGI eye candy, but it really takes a shot at extracting some originality and edge from the most moral of all superheroes.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: When you look at films like 300 and Watchmen, it’s hard to believe a director with such visceral style, yet devoid of literary capabilities could craft a mainstream picture like Man of Steel. Zack Snyder is maturing, but still has a long way to go before adulthood.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Zack Snyder’s epic adaptation gives this generation a Superman movie to call its own. Call it “Superman Begins”.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …a bland, humorless imitation of epic superhero spectacle.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: This new version of Superman struggles a bit to get off the ground.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The last hour or so of the film – filled with wall-to-wall action and top-of-the-line CGI effects – is such a numbing experience that I felt beaten into submission by the end.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Kevin Ranson @ MovieCrypt.com
    • Excerpt: Man of Steel is the kind of theatrical reboot Superman has needed for a while.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: There is an emptiness to Man of Steel, like Snyder is working his way around a blueprint provided for him and he’s hoping no one will notice that he has no idea how to lay the foundation. The movie is visually stunning, but all of Snyder’s movies are pretty.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The intentions are good, but the movie is a super-mess.
  • Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: As a life-long comic book fanatic – particularly of Superman – it is with a heavy-heart to report to you that Man of Steel (opening today) is another swing-and-miss take on the world’s most well-known, iconic superhero.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Man of Steel” delivers a fresh approach to the shop-worn Origin of Superman narrative (originally published in 1938). Alas, fresh is not enough.
  • Matthew Sorrento @ Film International
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: It won’t blow you away…not a Superman for the ages.
  • [New – 12/5] | Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: Marvel have spent several entire films telling us why we should care about the riskily anonymous space stuff. Snyder spends twenty minutes.’
  • Phil Villarreal @ Becauseitoldyouso.com
    • Excerpt: I like this movie in spite of itself, I guess. At the very least I have to hand it to the film that it’s not as awful as its 2006 predecessor. I will look, up in the sky, with hope the next time a film in the series comes around. Rather than dread.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The film’s parallel stories are wrapped in the essential science-fiction excess and uncluttered idealism that are the contradictory hallmarks of a fine Superman story.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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