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Richard Donner

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About the Movie

Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun... – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Magnify James Bond's extraordinary physical powers while curbing his sex drive and you have the essence of Superman, a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy. – James Harwood, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It is this year's answer to "Star Wars," a movie that is pure escape and good, clean, unadulterated fun. – Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News, Dec 10, 2015

Fresh: Between its extravagant fancies and extravagant success Superman can only help to enhance the prestige of large-scale fantasy filmmaking. – Gary Arnold, Washington Post, Apr 23, 2018

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Customer Reviews

Superman Soars

Nothing beats the first film of Superman! I've seen this movie many times & I'm so excited that it's available on iTunes. Christopher Reeve was so charming in this role. He was truly Superman onscreen & off.

Super Movie

Thanks iTunes for adding superman to your movie library. Watching this movie for the first time since I was a kid brings back great memories. This is truly one of the best super hero movies of all time. My only complaint is I wish iTunes would have made the uncut version available for us to buy, other than that minor detail this is a great movie. I would have given this movie five stars if it was the uncut version which in my opinion is better than this version. With that said, this is still a must have movie to add to everyone's movie collection.

Very upset it is not chaptered

I wish you would include xtra's You can do it for The Peanuts but not Superman

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2001

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