Shazam!

Critics Consensus

An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

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We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart--inside a ripped, godlike body--Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Cast

Mark Strong (II)
as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Asher Angel
as Billy Batson
Ian Chen
as Eugene
Marta Milans
as Rosa Vasquez
Cooper Andrews
as Victor Vasquez
Ron Cephas Jones
as The Wizard
Michelle Borth
as Mary Shazam
Meagan Good
as Darla Dudley (Adult)
Stephannie Hawkins
as Bus Passenger #6
Lovina Yavari
as Store Clerk
Natalia Safran
as Mrs. Sivana
Caroline Palmer
as Billy's Mom
Ava Preston
as Lillian Price
Evan Marsh
as Burke Breyer
Cassandra Ebner
as Bus Passenger #2
Andi Osho
as Ms. Glover
Mitra Suri
as Bus Passenger #1
Lotta Losten
as Lynn Crosby
Shayna Ryan
as Art Museum Goer
Heather Capuano
as Carnival Goer
Cyndy Day
as Mom on Airplane
David Kohlsmith
as Young Billy
Rachel Boyd
as Senior Girl
Rachel Boyde
as Senior Girl
Angelica Lisk
as Hann-Bus Passenger #7
Kerri Kamara
as Attractive Lady
Simon Northwood
as Businessman
Paloma Nunez
as Realtor
Lou Lou Safran
as Sivana's Twin Sisters - 12 Years Old
Brian Kaulback
as Mall Santa Claus
Carson Manning
as Board Member
Harper Gunn
as Little Girl at Carnival
Ali Badshah
as Mehmet Kotil
John Stead
as Bus Passenger #5
Adam Rodness
as The Receptionist
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Jesse Bond
as Father at Carnival
Stephen Alexander
as Carnival Goer #1
Tosh Robertson
as Student #3
Dana Reznik
as Carnival Mom
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Critic Reviews for Shazam!

All Critics (384) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (346) | Rotten (38)

  • Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • After lazy reliance on phoney gravitas and blundering with its first serious stab at levity with Aquaman, DC has found a comic torch-bearer of pure heart to illuminate the path of righteousness ahead.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away!

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Director David F. Sandberg remains a horror guy at heart (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), and the ping-ponging between yuks and yikes leads to a pretty nasty case of aesthetic whiplash.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shazam!

  • Oct 07, 2019
    The dark DC Universe goes kiddie with the lighthearted, comedic superhero film Shazam! When 15-year old Billy Batson is given magical powers by a wizard he turns to his foster brother for help, and soon discovers that there's a super-villain who's trying to take his powers from him. Zachary Levi gives a pretty good performance, as does Mark Strong, but the material doesn't really let them do much. The characters are all broad, one-dimensional stereotypes (particularly the villains). And, none of the action scenes are all that impressive, and the character designs for the Seven Deadly Sins aren't scary. More Disney than any Marvel movie, Shazam! is a silly kid's film that doesn't fit the cinematic universe that DC has been building.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2019
    The titular Shazam and has alter-ego Billy Batson feel like completely different characters. This is not unheard of for a superhero by any stretch, but when accompanied by a change of actor, it's a pretty jarring situation. I also have a hard time figuring out who the target demographic is with this thing. Seems all over the place. But! at the end of the day, the most important question is "Did I enjoy Shazam!?" and to that the answer is still somehow yes. Probably the best that the DCIThoughSheWasWithUniverse has to offer, with the glaring exception of Wonder Woman.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Feels even more like the "odd man out" of the franchise than "Wonder Woman". It has a real sense of fun, which these movie's desperately need.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2019
    The gist of this iteration of the ever-popular (of late) superhero cult is that most people want some superpower, well, at least most kids want something in that vein. So this is a sort of wish fulfillment fantasy, then, as our hero, a powerless child, an orphan, inherits all sorts of curious abilities that ultimately lead to a familial reconciliation, which is the big win in the film, which is not even to mention the loads of CGI funhouse fireworks that come when somebody with a cape is onscreen. Some beer from the local Quik-E Mart can only improve things. And so a little fun, at least until the bad guy shows up and the film disintegrates somewhat into the obligatory, overdone, big-fight-at-the-end cliches.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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