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After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.

Actors: Rainn Wilson , Ellen Page , Liv Tyler , Kevin Bacon , Gregg Henry , Michael Rooker , Andre Royo , Sean Gunn , Stephen Blackehart , Don Mac
Directors: James Gunn
Country: USA
Release: 2011-06-10
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  • Joe Williams

    The libido and bloodlust flowing from the pint-size Page is the funniest thing in the movie, but elsewhere, the mix of the goofy and ghastly is hard to digest.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    I suspect audiences will divide sharply on the movie's wild tone shifts. I found them sort of fearless.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Super exists in the no-man's land between indie quirk and raw exploitation, and when it works, it's thrillingly off-balance.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Smart, sick, and subversive, Super gives you what you want only to make you wonder why you want it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Heller

    As a movie, Super is unfocused and bafflingly inconsistent. It is also the most genuinely surprising new release I've seen in a long time.

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Super is occasionally brilliant, sometimes awful and terribly confusing overall. Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Despite the derivative nature and low production values of Super, there are laughs in the at-times ragged script.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    It’s too raw and difficult for one target audience, but the erratic tone might leave sick puppies equally nonplussed. Gunn’s jibes at Bible-bashers and gun-nuts are as blunt as Frank’s attacks, and the clash of kooky comedy and violence is as awkward as it is ugly.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Super rides on the carefully bent performances of its stars.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Gunn successfully shifts between celebrating violence and mourning it, but his handling of emotional evolution is clumsier; he seems particularly out of his depth in the film's mawkish ending. But Page is a revelation: There isn't another gorgeous twentysomething actress working today who could more convincingly reveal sexual bravado to be simultaneously silly and creepy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Take "Kick-Ass." Strip it of most of its wit and charm, amp up the violence, the sadism. Make it more crude and coarse and gory. And what you're left with is Super.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Shot on the cheap, with cheesy animated credits and comic-panel "Bams!" and "Pows!" splashed across the screen, Super has a jokey, low-rent quality (or lack of quality) that could be endearing, if Wilson's performance weren't so nihilistically dull, and if there were somebody in the picture who had a soul.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I'm all for movies that create unease, but I prefer them to appear to know why they're doing that. Super is a film ending in narrative anarchy, exercising a destructive impulse to no greater purpose than to mess with us.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Wilson is basically playing an even more feckless version of his "Office" character, Dwight, another intense and self-deluded doofus. It's a character that works better in smaller doses.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Ultimately the movie ridicules the culture that compels what Cedric the Entertainer calls grown-ass men to dress up like comic-book characters, as well as the Christian attempts to co-opt that culture.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Mark Keizer

    This depraved charmer offers enough to admire and a specialized hipster crowd will enjoy it, if to a mutedly positive effect.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    Waiting for Super to deliver the funny is an experience as long as the film itself.

    Variety Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Super starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Where Gunn's last feature "Slither" was an enjoyably icky, funny riff on schlocky horror tropes, the split-personality Super merely repels with half-baked ideas, Wilson's and Page's scorched-earth overacting and atonal bursts of jokey gore.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A spoof of you-know-what that's a lot less funny than it sounds.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    This movie is too pedestrian for camp, and too scattershot for an action comedy.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    There are kernels here of a thoughtful and provocative picture, but they never pop – or POP!, for that matter.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Skip this one, even if your hipster significant other whines a blue streak.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The trouble with Super, as with "Kick-Ass," is that the director wants to have his cake, put a pump-action shotgun up against the frosting, blast vanilla sponge over a wide area, and THEN eat it. [4 April, 2011, p. 83]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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