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Super (2011)

HD   R Closed Captioning

James Gunn

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About the Movie

In the outlandish dark comedy SUPER, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt! No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006's SLITHER. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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49%
  • Reviews Counted: 118
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 60
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The spectacle soon wearies and repels. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Apr 4, 2011

Fresh: Wilson does amusingly steely work, while Page goes bonkers, giving her gleeful nut job one of the more memorable horselaughs in recent American film history. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 7, 2011

Rotten: Super plunges into nihilistic despair in its third act. This isn't a black comedy because it isn't a comedy. It's a trick played on our expectations, I concede, but to what end? – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 8, 2011

Fresh: Gunn's movie is an ingeniously nasty concoction that feeds the cult of superhero fandom back into itself. – Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine, Jun 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Very funny

VERRY FUNNY

Super Funny!

just a completely different Super hero movie! fun to watch!

awesome movie

just all around funny and some verry twisted stuff too