Super 8: The IMAX Experience Synopsis
Disappearances and other inexplicable events follow a devastating train crash in 1979 Ohio.

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.
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100

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.
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90

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.
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88

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...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The unforced performances of Courtney and Fanning are remarkable.
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75

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...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you.
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70

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...
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65

Movieline

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...
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60

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,...
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SUPER 8

By danny4drums
We found the film entertaining, as expected; however, formulaic Spielberg with the gradual introduction of the alien, etc. I saw bits from other Spielberg films being recycled for this one. The kids...

Thoroughly Enjoyed Super 8!

By Ben Eddy
Loved the thematic elements, the spectacular effects, and the way-out-there plot, but what was most endearing and interesting was the side story of the young peoples' struggles with each of their...

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good buildup

By movie_doc
The movie had a good buildup. Cross between Stand by Me, ET & Cloverfield. Enjoyable in IMAX though...

Super 8 is an exceptional movie-going experience!

By thesilentcat4
Going into Super 8 I was expecting a Cloverfield type of movie, a movie full of excitement and suspense. Happily I was proven wrong. Super 8 is a very emotional movie about kids going through a huge...

Better Than Expected

By olinoid
It was fun. Really. But I would never pay the full adult IMAX price of approximately $19.00 to see this or any other film. If I didn't have a steep discount, I wouldn't have gone. Get your...

Super 8 is a go see!

By mcochran248
Living up to the hype, it was a good story in a suspense filled movie. You can see aspects of the movie that is true to form for both Spielberg and Abrams. I've still got claw marks from where the...

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Average

By Manny36
Average story plot...

It was ok...

By SUPERMOVIEMAN
This is one of those movies that you wanted to go see because the previews were done right... they give you just enough info to make you wonder... However, after seeing the movie - my opinion is so...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Teens save town in action-heavy sci-fi film with retro feel.
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