San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year - of many years.
Full Review

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This new film isn't perfect, and may not be a world-changer, but it's certainly a world-pleaser.
Full Review

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This sci-fi thriller has an engrossing plot and a strong cast of fully drawn characters. There's even a sweet youthful love story. In other words, it's a summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders.
Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The unforced performances of Courtney and Fanning are remarkable.
Full Review

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's a thin line, though, between honoring what came before you and replicating it, and Super 8 occasionally wobbles over that line into predictability.
Full Review

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you.
Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Like an old airplane (or spacecraft) jerry-rigged from scrap pieces and made air-worthy again, Super 8 has been patched together with 30-year-old spare parts to provide an enjoyable ride of its own.
Full Review


By Stephanie Zacharek
The timing couldn't be more opportunistic for a new Steven Spielberg movie that mines the thrilling uncertainties of childhood - even if it happens to have been made by J.J. Abrams.
Full Review

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This uneven but often charming movie produced by Spielberg gets so many things right, including its practiced naivete. What's missing, however, is a crucial sense of connection to itself.
Full Review
72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.