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Man of Steel (2013)

Country: USA, Canada, UK

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, ...

Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, ...

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

100 | 2013-06-13 | Steve Persall

Man of Steel is more than just Avengers-sized escapism; it's an artistic introduction to a movie superhero we only thought we knew.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

87 | 2013-06-10 | Matt Patches

If the word “epic” has lost its meaning in the throes of recent summers, Man of Steel forcefully redefines it.
Read More: Film.com

80 | 2013-06-10 | Dave Calhoun

Feels both modern and traditional – a halfway house between the broodier Nolan way of shaking things up and the louder, bone-crunching style that director Zack Snyder established with films such as ‘300’ and ‘Sucker Punch’. Man of Steel is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy.
Read More: Time Out London

80 | 2013-06-10 | Dan Jolin

It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi — huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise.
Read More: Empire

80 | 2013-06-10 | Matthew Leyland

A bracing attempt to bring the legend back into contention that successfully separates itself from other Super-movies but misses some of their warmth and charm. But given the craft and class, this could be the start of something special
Read More: Total Film

75 | 2013-06-14 | Matt Zoller Seitz

The most striking and curious aspect of Man of Steel is the way it minimizes and even shuts out women.
Read More: RogerEbert.com

75 | 2013-06-13 | Lawrence Toppman

David Goyer, who wrote the script for Man of Steel from a story he concocted with Christopher Nolan, found a new way to make us care: The title character is disturbed by everything in his adopted home.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

75 | 2013-06-13 | James Berardinelli

Man of Steel is, first and foremost, a great spectacle.
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75 | 2013-06-13 | Peter Travers

Caught in the slipstream between action and angst, Man of Steel is a bumpy ride for sure. But there's no way to stay blind to its wonders.
Read More: Rolling Stone

75 | 2013-06-12

This is a pretty good action movie that justifies bringing back the Superman franchise -- a dubious proposition to begin with -- by taking the plight of the superhero seriously. Henry Cavill is charismatic in the lead role, Amy Adams is an ideal Lois Lane and, as the villain, Michael Shannon does the best Michael Shannon impersonation you've ever seen.

75 | 2013-06-10 | Lou Lumenick

Deploying an impeccable American accent, Brit Henry Cavill may be as charming as the late great Christopher Reeve.
Read More: New York Post

75 | 2013-06-10 | Charlie Schmidlin

Goyer and Nolan have crafted in Man of Steel a taut, exploratory vision, and Snyder's later inheritance of the material indeed proves his best work since “Dawn of the Dead.”
Read More: The Playlist

70 | 2013-06-12 | Richard Corliss

The action is plentiful and thumping; Marvel-size thrills await you and the generations of kids who still believe in Superman. I just mean that the movie finds its true, lofty footing not when it displays Kal-El’s extraordinary powers but when it dramatizes Clark Kent’s roiling humanity. The super part of Man of Steel is just O.K.; but the man part is super.
Read More: Time

70 | 2013-06-12 | Bill Goodykoontz

If you like your summer-movie explosions huge, Man of Steel delivers. But it seems as if it might have delivered even more than a glorious noise.
Read More: Arizona Republic

70 | 2013-06-10 | Todd McCarthy

As much spectacle and action — minute-by-minute, frame-by-frame — as any movie anyone could think of. Zack Snyder’s huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn’t cry out to be done but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

67 | 2013-06-12 | Kimberley Jones

Snyder has cast Man of Steel with dramatic actors, not action stars, and it pays off.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

63 | 2013-06-13 | Liam Lacey

Here are a few adjectives that do not apply to the new Superman movie: Beguiling. Frisky. Nuanced. Quiet. Even the title, Man of Steel, sounds too flighty for this film. Man of Lead, or Man of Plutonium, maybe.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

63 | 2013-06-12 | Claudia Puig

The story, while sometimes soaring, is other times grounded by a hyperactive and numbing vibe. But Henry Cavill has the strapping good looks of the comic icon, and humanity to match his superheroism.
Read More: USA Today

63 | 2013-06-12 | Michael Phillips

Snyder films the violence in Man of Steel the way he films most of the rest of the picture: Like a man chasing tornadoes and not even trying to keep subjects in frame. It's a choice, and not a bad one, necessarily — the Smallville farm scenes, in particular, respond well to the approach — but by the end it's a visually limiting one.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

63 | 2013-06-12 | Ty Burr

Snyder knows how to put on a show, and Man of Steel has a massive scope that’s hard to resist... But what’s missing from this Superman saga is a sense of lightness, of pop joy.
Read More: Boston Globe

60 | 2013-06-14 | Glen Weldon

What it fails to supply much of — surprisingly, it must be said — is fun. This is serious business, Snyder seems always to be saying. This is badass. And given the sheer logistical size of the spectacle on display, it's a position that's hard to argue with.
Read More: NPR

60 | 2013-06-13 | Manohla Dargis

At once frantically overblown and beautifully filigreed, Man of Steel will turn on everyone it doesn’t turn off.
Read More: The New York Times

60 | 2013-06-11 | Joe Neumaier

The serious-minded result has many super-cool moments. But when it gets clunky, it’s super-meh.
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | 2013-06-11 | Tim Robey

It has heft, it looks amazing, and it's businesslike to a fault.
Read More: The Telegraph

60 | 2013-06-10 | Stephanie Zacharek

It’s a relief just to watch the actors act once in a while, and thankfully, Snyder is astute enough to punch some breathing holes in this steel-clad colossus.
Read More: Village Voice

60 | 2013-06-10 | Andrew Pulver

The whole film ends up feeling weighed down: though Man of Steel bounds from one epic setpiece to another, you're left with the nagging feeling that you just can't work out what the central twosome see in each other. And for Superman and Lois Lane, that's hardly ideal.
Read More: The Guardian

58 | 2013-06-12 | Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Like Snyder’s Sucker Punch, it’s a confused but fascinating mishmash of religious, military, and sexual imagery.
Read More: The A.V. Club

58 | 2013-06-10 | Eric Kohn

While certainly the most dazzling Superman movie to hit the big screen, the 143-minute Man of Steel is also the longest, and it only justifies that heft because it leaves room to keep the effects coming.
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50 | 2013-06-13 | Dana Stevens

If this version of Superman is to have a future — as Warner Brothers seems convinced he will, having already green-lit the sequel — I hope Snyder will dial back both the casualty count and the Krypton mythmaking and instead focus on establishing a fictional Earth that’s rich enough to be worth saving.
Read More: Slate

50 | 2013-06-13 | Peter Rainer

Taking a cue from the “Batman” series, the film is dark and thudding and overlong.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | 2013-06-13 | Steven Rea

At least an hour of Man of Steel's excessive running time is devoted to the sort of crash-and-burn, slamming-into-skyscrapers CG fight scenes that we've already seen in "The Avengers" and "Dark Knight," "Iron Man," and "Spider-Man." Man of Steel is just the same old same old.
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50 | 2013-06-13 | Rene Rodriguez

What went wrong with Man of Steel? The early teasers promised Terrence Malick. The finished film is more Michael Bay.
Read More: Miami Herald

50 | 2013-06-12 | Kenneth Turan

While its ambition and scope pull one way, its pinched and unconvincing sense of drama pull the other.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

50 | 2013-06-12 | David Edelstein

The movie isn’t dead on arrival, like Snyder’s over-reverent "Watchmen." But it’s pleasure-free.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

50 | 2013-06-12 | Marc Mohan

Man of Steel has too many characters and too much plot, resulting in a movie that feels overstuffed and overlong.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

50 | 2013-06-12 | Roger Moore

If every generation gets the Superman it deserves, Man of Steel suggests we’ve earned one utterly without wit or charm.
Read More: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

50 | 2013-06-11 | Richard Roeper

A mostly underwhelming film, with underdeveloped characters and supercharged fight scenes that drag on forever and offer nothing new in the way of special-effects creativity.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

50 | 2013-06-11 | Chris Nashawaty

The local multiplex is lousy with celluloid crime fighters. So what turf is left for good old Clark Kent? That's the nagging question that director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel tries — and ultimately fails — to answer.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

50 | 2013-06-11 | Rex Reed

Redundant, unnecessary and a colossal waste of talent and money, you can pretty much sum up Man of Steel in the scene in which a lady police officer watches with her mouth wide open as Superman tosses aside tanks like Tinker Toys. “What are you smiling about, captain?” asks another cop. “Nothing, sir — I just think he’s hot.”
Read More: New York Observer

40 | 2013-06-13 | Joe Morgenstern

Here's one more studio extravaganza brought down by numbing action and an addiction to generic digital effects.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

40 | 2013-06-13 | Mike Scott

So we get no zippy, Tony Stark-flavored one-liners. No comic-relief characters. No nonsense. But that means we also get no up, up and away, either.
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

40 | 2013-06-13 | Andrew O'Hehir

Despite looking, feeling and (especially) sounding expensive – this is one of the loudest summer spectacles of recent years – Man of Steel is second-tier and third-generation Chris Nolan-flavored neo-superhero material.
Read More: Salon.com

40 | 2013-06-11 | Joshua Rothkopf

The better actors — Kevin Costner, chiefly, as the adoptive Earth father — strain to supply warmth, but mostly, the minutes stretch into great expanses of blahness, much of them filled with Transformers-grade skyscraper snapping and bloodless catastrophe.
Read More: Time Out New York

40 | 2013-06-10 | Scott Foundas

The humorless tone and relentlessly noisy (visually and sonically) aesthetics leave much to be desired.
Read More: Variety

38 | 2013-06-13 | Joe Williams

A soulless, overblown bore.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

38 | 2013-06-12 | Chris Cabin

All its faux-patriotism isn't played for satire, but instead utilized to align the film with an idyllic, unquestioned vision of goodness.
Read More: Slant Magazine

37 | 2013-06-13 | Ann Hornaday

Snyder tries to up the spectacle ante with ever more explosions, crashes, thermal blasts, topological realignments, gunfire and mano-a-mano fistfights. But the result is a punishing sense of diminishing returns and a genre that has finally reached the point of mayhem-induced exhaustion.
Read More: Washington Post