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Anachronisms 

In the Richard Donnor cut during the sequence where Superman reverses time there are several crowd shots which clearly show modern day New York instead of when the rest of the movie takes place. You can tell by the style of clothes and the cars in the background.
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Continuity 

When Clark and Lois are talking while she is getting dressed after her shower in their hotel room, shots with only Clark show him with slicked down hair and wearing glasses with smaller lenses, whereas two-shots with Lois and Clark show him with large-lenses and bushy hair.
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When Lex Luthor sits behind the Presidents' desk and lights a cigar while he talks to Zod and company, the cigar switches hands from shot to shot.
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When Superman finds the green crystal in the rubble of the control panel, it is a neon light in close-ups, then it turns into a green glow stick in the wide shots.
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In the scene where Lex and Miss Tessmacher are in the balloon, after she helps him escape prison, he threatens to punch Miss Tessmacher in the mouth. He makes a fist with one hand, but in the next cut, it's his other hand that has the fist made.
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When Clark is laying on the diner floor, he angrily throws the cloth Lois gave him, then rises to confront the bully. In the next cut as Clark stands up he still has the cloth and throws it a second time.
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Factual errors 

After escaping the Phantom Zone, Zod screams and it echoes. However, as space is a vacuum, the scream not only wouldn't have echoed, but wouldn't have made noise at all.
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Plot holes 

Superman turns back time so that General Zod, Ursa and Non never leave the Phantom Zone, but we aren't shown how Superman deals with the missiles launched at the end of the first Superman movie - meaning, after turning back time, they should escape again, if Superman dealt with the nuclear missiles in the same manner. (This is a problem that actually stems from the first movie, where we aren't shown Superman dealing with the crisis in a different fashion after Lois dies - he shows up at Lois' car, and the aftershocks that caused her death just never happen.)

The next scene we see is meant to be the beginning of the movie again, with the Daily Planet - so after the nuclear explosions, and before the arrival of the villains - but Clark goes back to straighten out the trucker who hit him afterwards - though because Superman turned back time, basically, this event never happened - so Clark was hitting an innocent man for no reason. (The diner owner says that he just had the place fixed up - meaning the scuffle did occur, and Clark claims he's been working out, meaning from the last time they saw him, when he was beaten - however, again, this never happened because Superman turned back time again.)

Moreover, towards the end of the film, Superman destroys the Fortress of Solitude with his heat-sight - the Fortress of Solitude should be reconstructed (and with Jor-El available to guide Kal-El again) due to Superman turning back time again. The time travel device, beyond complicating the film's time-line, nullifies Jor-El's sacrifice and Superman's lesson, as after turning back time, things should be "back to normal" again.

Furthermore, if Superman's end-game was to turn back time all along, he didn't have to fight the super-villains in Metropolis or in the Fortress of Solitude at all - he could have turned back time immediately after regaining his powers, or following the Metropolis fight.
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Revealing mistakes 

The scene in the Lester "Superman 2" where the people on the street are watching Supes and Zod, where the "No Entry" sign is in reverse (flipped film), is still the same in the Donner Cut, contrary to previously published reports.
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In the prison scene when Lex Luthor rounds a corner and grabs Otis, the wall they are standing in front of moves when Otis bumps into it.
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In "Superman", there is a scene where Supes is flying in front of the Twin Towers when he sees the police shootout on the pier. This shot is reused in "S2-the Donner Cut", during the Super Battle. However, the film is flipped so he is flying left to right, instead of right to left (Superman's 'S' is backwards, as well as his hair part).
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During the Super Battle, when Ursa calls Superman's name and he turns to see where the voice is coming from, just before Zod kicks him into the Statue Of Liberty's torch, the film is flipped (Supes' hair part is on the wrong side).
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During the scenes of the Kryptonian villains flying around Metropolis during the Super Battle, and when they fly with Lois and Lex in tow toward the Fortress Of Solitude, you can see the cityscapes through them, and the mountains through Non when he has Lois on his back.
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