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Super 8

7/10
Thriller . Science Fiction . Mystery . Action . Sci-Fi
 

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb, the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.

 
Actors: Joel Courtney , Elle Fanning , Riley Griffiths , Kyle Chandler , Noah Emmerich , Amanda Michalka , Ron Eldard , Ryan Lee , Gabriel Basso , Zach Mills , Jessica Tuck , Joel McKinnon Miller
Directors: J.J. Abrams
Country: USA
Release: 2011-06-10
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  • Mick LaSalle

    The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year - of many years.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A movie of here-and-now thrills, goosed by judicious CGI effects that never overpower the humanity of the situation.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    J.J. Abrams, with Steven Spielberg producing, has made one of those jaw-dropping out-of-body summer entertainments that kids old enough to swear and see PG-13 films will remember on into adulthood.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The year's most thrilling, FEELING mainstream movie.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's an expertly constructed thrill ride with wonderful atmosphere and tremendous good humor; if its heart of gold is artificial, that won't stop you from enjoying the heck out of it.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Super 8 is in many ways a perfect summer movie: smart, exciting, heartfelt, and suffused with nostalgia.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    This sci-fi thriller has an engrossing plot and a strong cast of fully drawn characters. There's even a sweet youthful love story. In other words, it's a summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's spirited and funny and deeply entertaining, a summer movie for kids who think like adults and adults who feel like kids.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Creepy implications keep Super 8 engaging, but the cast makes it click.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    It's nowhere close to "E. T." - what is? - but amongst the hullabaloo of summer, Super 8 is something to cherish: a beautifully made homage to better times, and better movies.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It is just a tremendous amount of fun.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    A big-bang demolition derby, J.J. Abrams's much-anticipated, greatly enjoyable Super 8 seems bound for box-office glory.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Such a disarming homage to the cinema of the Reagan era that even grouchy gremlins might feel like it's morning in America. But be forewarned that if this movie is exposed to sunlight, you'll notice the puppet strings.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    The unforced performances of Courtney and Fanning are remarkable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It's an enjoyable, well-acted, old-school geekfest pitting a group of middle-school students against an escaped monster from outer space.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Its pleasures are borrowed, but durable.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Super 8 takes its place among the best B-grade science fiction movies of this generation by copying the best of the past 50 years.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    There's a thin line, though, between honoring what came before you and replicating it, and Super 8 occasionally wobbles over that line into predictability.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Abrams knits together the ordinary stories of the mill town's inhabitants in a way that feels dramatic without showing their contrivances too obviously. And his casting of Courtney and Fanning was fortuitous, though Abrams' banter for the supporting kids grows tiresome in that "Goonies" way.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Like an old airplane (or spacecraft) jerry-rigged from scrap pieces and made air-worthy again, Super 8 has been patched together with 30-year-old spare parts to provide an enjoyable ride of its own.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Ultimately, it's the period and character details in Super 8 that provide the grist for its winning formula, rather than its emotional arc and monster jolts.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The timing couldn't be more opportunistic for a new Steven Spielberg movie that mines the thrilling uncertainties of childhood - even if it happens to have been made by J.J. Abrams.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    All the kids here are terrific, significantly better than the actual movie that surrounds them. Although ostensibly fashioned by Abrams, it's really a summer-weight Spielberg yarn.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    All too often the plot feels calculated rather than organic, the result of a time-tested formula rather than genuine innovation.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Super 8 is at its best when it dwells in this secret childhood empire, and at its worst when it juices up its essentially simple story with increasingly senseless action set pieces.

    Slate Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Like his (Abrams) previous features, "Mission: Impossible III" and "Star Trek," Super 8 is an enticing package without much inside.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This uneven but often charming movie produced by Spielberg gets so many things right, including its practiced naivete. What's missing, however, is a crucial sense of connection to itself.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This melding of two cinematic sensibilities, though effective at moments, is finally not as exciting or involving as it we'd like it to be.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Had the big boy himself, Steven Spielberg, made his directorial debut with this slam-bang sci-fi thriller set in suburban 1979 (and not merely produced what amounts to an homage), he would have been celebrated as a gifted bringer of mayhem: a Michael Bay before there was one.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It would be easy to dismiss as 100 percent ersatz if it didn't rekindle at least some of the old excitement - and if the magic of Spielberg's older movies didn't filter through, like light from a distant galaxy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If Abrams had stuck with the kids and cut way back on all the sci-fi hoo-ha, his film might have stood a fighting chance of being charming. Big is not always better, even when it comes to fantasies.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Writer-director J.J. Abrams overloads this sci-fi adventure with so many homages to his co-producer Steven Spielberg that it plays like the elder director's greatest hits, minus his characteristic scares and sense of wonder.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The actors are talented enough to carry the movie, but they fade into the background once things grow dire, and the special effects take over. There's no sense of wonder or awe.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The best thing about Super 8, by far, are the kids, all perfectly cast. The script does a much better job making them believable and real than the adults...The rest of the movie steals shamelessly from...

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    J.J. Abrams's latest puts a modern spin on classical material, though here reinvention isn't the goal so much as slavish duplication embellished with muscular CG effects.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • A relatively standard monster movie.

    Variety Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    It's in the moments Abrams attempts to combine emotional payoffs with popcorn-style thrills that the film rings most false.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
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