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3.2
3,444 Ratings

Super 8

Directed by J.J. Abrams
United States, 2011
Sci-Fi, Mystery

Synopsis

In 1979, a group of kids in small town Ohio witnesses a horrible train derailment. When they discover it was no accident, they must uncover the truth behind it.

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Super 8 Directed by J.J. Abrams

What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Super 8

    The first act is so polished, it glimmers - J.J. Abrams has selected a charismatic batch of youngsters and he knows how to direct them well. A shame "Super 8" loses something as it becomes a creature feature. Perhaps the difference between this film and its influences is simply that Steven Spielberg lived this story ("E.T." being based on a childhood imaginary friend) while Abrams is merely paying homage to his hero.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Super 8

    Whereas Star Trek featured lens flares that were motivated by its setting and art direction, in Super 8 it's not as clear why they're so prevalent. That is until you get to the end credits and see the movie within the movie. This is a film that celebrates the imperfections found even in flicks of the highest production value. I love its earnestness.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Super 8

    Close Encounters + E.T. + The Goonies + Explorers + Signs + War of the Worlds ÷ Son of Rambow = J.J. at his derivative best. It survives on the strength of the child actors and Larry Fong's best efforts to mimic the style of Janusz Kaminski as if on a lens flare binge. Amusing enough, but not as strong as the movies it "samples."

  • Risya's rating of the film Super 8

    Felt quite generic, a little cheesy in place but it has proper suspense build-up with decent story and a few laughs and also some moving scenes. It also has the reminiscent of older films of 70s/80s (nostalgic of Spielberg's early movies). The kid characters are the usual stereotypes but they're likable. An enjoyable popcorn flick.

  • Valu2009's rating of the film Super 8

    Four stars because this movie reminds me of the cinema I liked when I was young. So nostalgic and spielberg-flavored, it melted my heart. Well, yes, it's rethoric, the plot is nothing new, something like ad ET with vitamins. And The Goonies, Close Encounters and other stuff from the '70s/80's.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Super 8

    As an alien thriller, it may not satisfy, but an alien thriller is only a fraction of what it is. 2011 is clearly the year of nostalgia: just as The Artist resurrected silent form (and as The Muppets is less a "Muppet movie" than a movie about Muppet movies), so Super 8 is a loving tribute to blockbuster filmmaking—not as crass marketing juggernauts, but as geeky daydreams originating in the heart of suburbia.

  • Hazel Cills's rating of the film Super 8

    Saying this movie is predictable is probably the most boring obvious thing to say. GET REAL. If you walked into this movie thinking it was going to have a completely original plot then, uh, I guess you haven't seen a lot of alien movies before. Anyways! Hilarious. I dug the 70's nostalgia so much. I thought the scene on the bus was absolutely AWESOME. So "Jurassic Park." It's got Spielberg all over it and I loved it!

  • Jake Cole's rating of the film Super 8

    Positioning this as an original film is only possible in the Summer of Sequels; it transcends homage into downright plagiarism, but if it does not always feel genuine it at least feels earnest, which isn't quite the same thing. A great cast of young actors, some decent thrills and a solid script make it the highlight of a dull summer. But Jesus, JJ, enough with the damn lens flares.