(2011)

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Metascore

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100
Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year - of many years.
100
The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.
100
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.
90
This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.
88
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.
88
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.
75
This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you.
75
The unforced performances of Courtney and Fanning are remarkable.
70
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.
65
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.
60
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.
60
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.

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