Super 8 Reviews

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October 7, 2011
Super 8 is accomplished commercial filmmaking.
August 5, 2011
Super 8 is the most intensely Spielbergian film you'll ever see that Steven Spielberg didn't actually direct himself. And it's early Spielberg!
August 4, 2011
Wears off like a warm childhood memory.
August 4, 2011
The geekery has charm, but is a little self-conscious and just occasionally, this movie resembles an open-ended, rambling drama serial that gets a little, well, lost.
August 3, 2011
A diverting but rather pointless affair, undermined by its obsessive and clinical commitment to recreating past glories.
June 27, 2011
Spielberg and Abrams are the unwitting targets of their own irony.
June 16, 2011
Regrettably, writer/director JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III, co-creator of TV series Lost) is better here at building suspense than paying it off.
June 10, 2011
If you're wondering what's missing from so many big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movies, the answer lies in J.J. Abrams' Super 8: heart and passion. What's happening onscreen really matters to...
June 10, 2011
A love letter to a cinematic era, before 'blockbuster' became a synonym for 'franchise' or 'tent pole.'
June 10, 2011
Remember the good old days? This is the movie you went to see on a Saturday afternoon in the good old days.
June 10, 2011
There's much to like in this story of a group of young movie-makers who stumble upon an event right out of, well, the movies.
June 10, 2011
If Abrams had stuck with the kids and cut way back on all the sci-fi hoo-ha, his film might have stood a fighting chance of being charming. Big is not always better, even when it comes to fantasies.
June 10, 2011
Abrams remembers the simple rule that a majority of his contemporaries have forgotten: action and mayhem have meaning only when an audience cares about the people trapped within the maelstrom.
June 10, 2011
This may not be a children's classic that will last for generations, but it will make for a rollicking afternoon at the multiplex for kids around Joe's age.
June 9, 2011
Abrams' imitation is a shade too reverent for my taste. He lacks the subversive edge that allowed Joe Dante to bite his producer's hand and bring Gremlins to life, for example, and Abrams seems unsure just how scary he wants things to get.
June 9, 2011
Abrams fashions Super 8 in such a calculating manner, with every element weighed both for maximum nostalgia value and ironic hipster cred, that it has an artificial feel to it. It's like a birthday cake made of spun glass.
June 9, 2011
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.
June 9, 2011
The result is a sci-fi monster movie that keeps its sense of fun and humanity. It's a valentine to a classically American genre -- the B-movie -- and a nostalgic look back on a more innocent time.
June 9, 2011
This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.
June 9, 2011
It's the child actors, heroic indeed, who rescue Super 8 from the blockbuster grip of its adult makers.
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