The reviews are in and while most movie critics agree that the newest retelling of the classic Superman story is worth seeing Man of Steel is weighed down by pathos and too much kryptonite.The 8 greatest comic book movies of all time Man of Steel sequel soars into production
Featuring Henry Cavill in the red and blue tights and Amy Adams as his love interest this Zack Snyder directed story by the Dark Knight trilogy's Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (with Goyer penning the screenplay) gets bogged down by its own gravity and lacks the fun and light heartedness of previous movie and TV versions according to the critics.
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Check out what they had to say below.
Peter Travers Rolling Stone 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.
Richard Roeper Chicago Sun Times There's very little humor or joy in this Superman story and not enough character development for us really to care once the big budget pyrotechnics are under way.
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Ann Hornaday Washington Post For now audiences can only speculate as to the hidden depths of Cavill who in Zack Snyder's busy bombastic creation myth is reduced to little more than a joyless cipher or dazzling physical specimen.
Lisa Kennedy Denver Post The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat footed homilies.
David Edelstein New York magazine Man of Steel offers lots of noise and clutter but never the simple charm of the original comic by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster or the faintly self abashed handsomeness of Christopher Reeve. The movie isn't dead on arrival like Snyder's over reverent 'Watchmen.' But it's pleasure free.
Dana Stevens Slate Snyder provides an elegantly illuminated retelling of the origin story of that most saintly of superheroes Superman.
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Peter Bradshaw The Guardian This is a great big meaty chewy superhero adventure which broadly does what it sets out to do though at excessive length. What I missed were the gentle innocent pleasures of Superman's day to day crimefighting existence.... Due to the cataclysmic battle in this film much of the Man of Steel's mystery and novelty have been used up. Subsequent adventures may lose altitude.
Justin Craig FoxNews.com Zack Snyder Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer have managed to become Superman's very own Kryptonite stripping the iconic character of his greatest assets wit charm and most importantly hope rendering Man of Steel this blockbuster season's biggest disappointment.
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Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly 'Dark Knight' style makeover never quite comes together. Sure Superman is still faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. ... But he's been transformed into the latest in a long line of soul searching super brooders trapped between his devastated birth planet of Krypton and his adopted new home on Earth. He's just another haunted outsider grappling with issues.
Ty Burr The Boston Globe Snyder knows how to put on a show and 'Man of Steel' has a massive scope that's hard to resist. ... But what's missing from this Superman saga is a sense of lightness of pop joy.
Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times Given the 'Dark Knight' trilogy's Nolan and Goyer's involvement it's no surprise that 'Man of Steel' is conceptualized in the Batman mold a dark end of the street extravaganza where theoretically at least epic vision would be joined with dramatic heft. It hasn't worked out quite that way.
Stephanie Zacharek the Village Voice 'Man of Steel' is a movie event with an actual movie inside crying to get out. Despite its preposterous self seriousness its overblown CGI'ed to death climax and its desperate efforts to depict the destruction of well everything on Earth there's greatness in this retelling of the origin of Superman moments of intimate grandeur some marvelous subtle acting and a superhero costume that's a feat of mad mod genius.