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2,123 Ratings

Man of Steel

Directed by Zack Snyder
United States, United Kingdom, 2013
Action, Adventure, Fantasy


A child, sent to Earth from a dying planet, is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil.

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Man of Steel Directed by Zack Snyder

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2013 | Nominee: BAFTA Kids Vote - Feature Film (BAFTA Children's Award)

Man of Steel attempts to reimagine the Superman legend, but it’s also enhanced by a forthright acknowledgment of its influences and an acute appreciation for the sci-fi canon—one that’s ripe with social commentary (a young Clark can only see his classmates’ insides, providing a potent visual/political link with John Carpenter’s meta-allegory They Live), spirituality (Superman’s surrender evokes the military greeting party of The Day the Earth Stood Still), and unrivaled cinematic beauty…
November 17, 2013
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Man of Steel has a similar structure and climax to The Avengers, but it’s a far more ambitious work, refusing to relax into geekfest fun and games. Snyder tries to retell the most famous origin story in modern pop culture, not quelling the memory of previous incarnations but coherently setting up its own priorities, and doing it all in a fashion that recreates the specific gravity of this mythos.
September 05, 2013
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It’s not that I don’t take Superman seriously, as a viewer; it’s more that I don’t automatically take him seriously. The onus is on any new version to make him come alive – and Man of Steel mostly falls short. This is Superman as Sexy Hunk, going conspicuously shirtless (“I just think he’s kind of hot,” admits a shamefaced female soldier). This is Superman as Gentle Doctor, looking at Lois with infinite sadness as he prepares to cauterize her wound…
July 02, 2013
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