(2013)

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87
If the word “epic” has lost its meaning in the throes of recent summers, Man of Steel forcefully redefines it.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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.
75
Deploying an impeccable American accent, Brit Henry Cavill may be as charming as the late great Christopher Reeve.
70
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.
63
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.
60
The serious-minded result has many super-cool moments. But when it gets clunky, it's super-meh.
60
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.
50
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.
50
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.
40
Here's one more studio extravaganza brought down by numbing action and an addiction to generic digital effects.

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