Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      Superman: The Movie

      1978, Adventure/Sci-fi, 2h 23m

      77 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

      What to know

      Critics Consensus

      Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon. Read critic reviews

      You might also like

      See More
      Superman II
      Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
      Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
      Superman III
      Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

      Where to watch Superman: The Movie

      Rent/buy Subscription Subscription

      Watch Superman: The Movie with a subscription on Amazon Prime Video, Max, rent on Vudu, or buy on Vudu.

      Rate And Review

      User image

      Verified

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)



      • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Step 2 of 2

        How did you buy your ticket?

        Let's get your review verified.

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

        You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)

      • How did you buy your ticket?

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

      Superman: The Movie  Photos

      Superman: The Movie (1978) Poster Art

      Movie Info

      Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan (Glenn Ford) and Martha Kent (Phyllis Thaxter), young Clark (Christopher Reeve) discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).

      Cast & Crew

      News & Interviews for Superman: The Movie

      Critic Reviews for Superman: The Movie

      Audience Reviews for Superman: The Movie

      • Sep 22, 2017

        Superman in his first film still stands the test of time in many ways, It has a great story that's well put together, There's not much action but it really didn't need much, The light tone worked better than I thought but there was allot of camp humour that was more eye rolling than funny, All the cast were great and Christopher Reeve was great as Superman but too corny as Clark Kent, Ok the ending didn't really make much sense but it was a pretty fun and intense, The effects were great for its year too, This just proves DC had the upper hand in cinema way before Marvel ever controlled the box office.

        Super Reviewer
      • Jun 21, 2016

        The film that made us believe a man could fly. This is a classic film. The effects (for the time) were great and words can't describe the cast assembled for this film. Marlon Brando as Jor-El was absolutely brilliant and Christopher Reeve proved that he simply is Superman. Excellent script and very effective origin story/first film of the franchise. Hackman also provides a great performance as Lex Luthor, Superman's nemesis. Also excellent is John Williams' (now famous) score for this film.

        patrick w Super Reviewer
      • Mar 15, 2016

        Super is still the word for The Movie that started it all. Imagine making a film about an all-powerful do-gooder who stands for truth justice, and the American way in the post-9/11 U.S. of A. Crazy, right? Okay, so it doesn't age exceedingly well given our terminally cynical minds but film history's love of the comic book movie begins here. Thankfully packing as much visual panache as white bread hokiness, this take on Supes truly soars as a loving tribute to a pop culture phenomenon. Superman: The Movie knows what it is and who the man in tights is meant to inspire. Aimed at families with a broad appeal, the film combines humor, (then) cutting edge SFX, and brilliant casting to achieve a portrait ripped right from the funny pages...literally, too, as the film smartly begins with a child reading from a Superman comic book. In this PG-rated adaptation of the classic DC Comics character, an alien orphan gets sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero (Reeve). Everything, from the letter-perfect casting of Reeve to John Williams's unforgettable score to the awe-inspiring scenes set on Krypton to the marketability of Hackman, makes for a ridiculously entertaining film for general audiences. As the jaw-droppingly cornball ending reminds us, however, this Superman is not without its Kryptonite. People debate the best iteration of the Caped Crusader, but there's no argument on who makes the best Man of Steel. Christopher Reeve rounds out both sides of this character so perfectly - godly hero and mild mannered reporter - that you wish they gave Oscars for Best Casting. Under Richard Donner's (The Omen) spectacular - and spectacle making - direction, you truly believe that a man can fly because you're soaring right alongside him. Bottom line: Still More Powerful than a Locomotive

        Super Reviewer
      • Jan 10, 2016

        'Superman' is in my opinion, an amazing superhero movie with a good cast (especially with Christopher Reeve as the title character). The action scenes took my breath away when I first saw this, the acting took my breath away, everything about this film took my breath away. Good for the family to watch and adrenaline pumping action that anybody who is a fan of 'Superman' will be thrilled and just get more excitement and this will remain to be a classic film that was (and still is) enjoyed by film buffs (myself included) and critics alike!

        Super Reviewer

      Movie & TV guides

      View All