Reviews: Shazam! (2019)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Shazam!, the newest entry in the DC Extended Universe, took the criticism that the films were too serious and somber by going the opposite route and being almost a straight-up comedy. Therein lies the problem.
  • Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Shazam! moves along with great energy.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: An earnestly joyful experience that keeps things simple and focused on character. The cast is charming and the humor is sharp.
  • Jim Dixon @ jim-dixon.com
    • Excerpt: Comparisons to Big are unavoidable, and SHAZAM! even acknowledges this with a sly wink and its own walk-on keyboard scene. Levi makes this work with a performance that’s knowingly guileless – no mean feat.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Ultimately Shazam! emphasizes the happiness in comic books. It’s the heart that shines through.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Shazam! marks a sea change for the DCEU. Superb, sweet and smart, this is a BIG feel-good superhero movie you’ll want to see over and over again.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Nothing matters in this literal adolescent-male power fantasy, a cheesy mishmash of nonsense and low stakes. Anyone who needs at least a bit of meat in their superhero tales will be disappointed.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Consistently fun to watch and not without a heart, “Shazam!” is the kind of superior, eager-to-please superhero entertainment that puts a good amount of pep in the viewer’s step.
  • Christian Long @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: In the current spandex-stretched pop culture landscape, the Zachary Levi vehicle doesn’t seem to stand out in an over-saturated market.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: With Shazam!, the folks at DC have finally figured out the one major secret to Marvel’s success: While all of their movies have costumed protagonists, they aren’t strictly bound to the genre.
  • Vince Mancini @ Uproxx
    • Excerpt: One of the most enjoyable comic book movies ever made.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Shazam! can’t decide whether it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Shazam!’ is so saccharine and hollow, the emotion so manufactured and false, and the goofiness wears so thin so fast, it becomes insufferable and leaves a lingering bad taste.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Levi will be the one you remember because of his childlike enthusiasm, but Angel grounds those antics to earth so they don’t hijack message for laughter.
  • Jana Monji @ Age Of The Geek
    • Excerpt: Take your kids, take your friends and have fantastic fun laughing at this foible-filled superhero origins story.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: While Shazam! has its share of action and heavy moments, the film ultimately works best as an irreverent comedy.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: [An] engagingly cheeky and robust popcorn pleaser. In any event, ‘Shazam!’ is a heroic hoot for the ages.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
  • Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi
    • Excerpt: Shazam’ is a refreshing addition to the list of original superheroes because nowhere else would you find a man of such power strut around malls announcing, “Your phone’s charged, your phone’s charged!”
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Zachary Levi’s schtick of superpowered shenanigans becomes the epitome of both the adjective and the noun variations of that choice word “zany.”
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: With its standout performances (woohoo, Zachary Levi!) and hilarious comedy, ‘Shazam!’ is a refreshingly delightful and vibrant superhero movie in the DC Extended Universe.