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‘Man Of Steel’ Reviews: Critics Call Latest Superman Movie ‘Spectacular’

Tue, June 11, 2013 10:25am EDT by 4 Comments
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the highly-anticipated new take on one of the greatest heroes of all time! ‘Man of Steel’ is action-packed and features an impeccable cast — but should you see it?

Sure to be one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the summer with an already-guaranteed sequel, Man of Steel has success written all over it. As a boy, Clark Kent learns his extraordinary powers are not of this Earth, and as a young man (Henry Cavill), he seeks to find his destiny.

The hero we all know and love emerges, as he must save the world from a ruthless villain (Michael Shannon). With a cast including Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Man of Steel is sure to soar. But let’s see what the critics thought!

‘Man Of Steel’ Reviews

The Hollywood Reporter

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. Warner Bros.’ new tentpole should remain firmly planted around the world for much of the summer.

Cinema Blend

Man of Steel doesn’t spend a great deal of time directly focusing on the next step for the franchise or giving hints about a long-rumored DC Comics Cinematic Universe (similar to the developments over at Marvel Studios), but it does something perhaps even more valuable: it sets up a fascinating and compelling tonal world that audiences will want to see Superman explore. It’s realistic in approach and honest in emotion, but also wonderfully fantastical and cinematic. The future is bright for the Man of Tomorrow.


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.

New York Post

[Snyder] does a highly respectable, and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology in “Man of Steel.’’

Man of Steel opens everywhere June 14. Even though it’s a darker take on the franchise — and with Christopher Nolan of the Batman trilogy serving as producer, what else would you expect? — this film looks like a summer blockbuster we’ll all be glad we’ve seen.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you go see Man of Steel? Let us know!

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