(1997)

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Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
It walks and talks like a big budget horror film, heavy on special effects and pitched at the teenage audience, and maybe that's how it will be received. But it's more impressive if you ignore the genre and just look at what's on the screen.
70
The special effects are effective and aggressive, although one might occasionally confuse a divine vortex with a flushed toilet.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Spawn doesn't make a lot of sense, but the imagery whooshes by in glitzy psychedelic torrents.
50
Todd McFarlane's Spawn plays better on the page, but the adolescents of all ages who buy Spawn comics will probably enjoy the movie. Others should consider themselves forewarned.
50
ReelViews
Unfortunately, where the movie falls apart is in the storyline. While Spawn fans may be delighted by this effort, the uninitiated may have a hard time getting beyond the fancy special effects and often-incoherent plot.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The adventure is vulgar and violent, although the special effects are impressive.
40
It's all one big blur: sound, fury, and Martin Sheen devouring scenery as if it were going out of style (and in Spawn, it's definitely not).
38
USA Today
Shot by a special-effects superstar making his first stab at directing, Mark Dippe, the result is dizzying in its unreality, and the visual tricks are impressive. [01Aug1997 Pg.02.D]
25
Almost every moment has flashes and explosions and a pulsing, relentless soundtrack. It's like being trapped inside a video game.
25
Otherwise, the movie, which borrows from a dozen pop sources and improves on none of them, is pretty much a washout.

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