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Opening on Krypton, this film follows Superman as he's sent to Earth and develops his alter-ego Clark Kent. Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet and falls in love with Lois Lane. But the love story is sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor attempts to conquer the world.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Superman doesn't have enough conviction or courage to be solidly square and dumb; it keeps pushing smarmy big emotions at us -- but half-heartedly."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"By keeping the spectacular possibilities open, through the opening scenes of the destruction of Krypton, and the subsequent growth to manhood of the planet's only son on the plains of the Midwest, the film allows naiveté and knowingness to coexist."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"All this makes a highly entertaining, though undemanding mixture, of sci-fi, romance and comedy, which could hardly have come off at all at any lower artistic level, nor without such a happy choice for the central part as Christopher Reeve."
‑ Patrick Gibbs, Daily Telegraph
"Christopher Reeve makes the character of Superman his own, while also reminding us of why we love the character."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Super-nostalgic superhero adventure still soars."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
"It's the simple, earth-bound quality of the film that makes this comic-book fantasy soar."
‑ Judith Martin, Washington Post
"Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun..."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...a studio product, certainly, but also something that could have grown from one of Smallville's sun-kissed cornfields."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Christopher Reeve essays the title role and makes it his own, combining correctly chiseled features with a likable comic humanity, while the film itself nicely balances special effects with the romance of Superman and Lois Lane."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... a lot of fun, and the lot of talented people involved have managed to get a lot of their talent very enjoyably on view."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"The film is best when it takes itself seriously, worst when it takes the easy way out in giggly camp -- as it does, finally and fatally, when Lex Luthor enters the action."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Superman is a pure delight..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The most influential, if not definitive comic book superhero origin story we'll ever see."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Superman still remains the best superhero movie ever made, full of humor, heart, and an iconic performance by Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Manages to capture the pure heart and spirit of this comic book Americana."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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