100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Boasts a smart screenplay by Robert Benton and David and Leslie Newman, striking cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (especially in the Smallville sequence), bright comic turns by Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman, and of course, that winning performance by Christopher Reeve in the title role. Believe a man can fly? You bet!
Full Review
100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Estimates of the movie's costs range between $35-and $70-million; whatever the price, it was not too much to pay. As gods go, Superman is one of the godliest; his movie is one of the best.
Full Review
100

Empire

By Chris Hewitt
It hits the characters, feel and look of the comic spot on, especially Reeve in the title role.
Full Review
100

Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
If not the best superhero movie ever, it's definitely in the top 3. Reeve will forever be Superman to most of us.
Full Review
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit.
Full Review
100

Variety

Magnify James Bond's extraordinary physical powers while curbing his sex drive and you have the essence of Superman, a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy.
Full Review
90

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Effective both as Superman and as the bumbling Clark Kent, Christopher Reeve still seems ideal for the part.
Full Review
88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
Full Review
80

Newsweek

By Jack Kroll
Superman turns out to be a surprisingly infectious entertainment, nicely balanced between warmth and wit, intimacy and impressive special effects, comic-strip fantasy and several elements that make the movie eminently eligible for Deep Thinking about rescue fantasies, cherubic messiahs and other pieces of popcorn metaphysics. [1 Jan 1979, p.46]
Full Review
70

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Superman is good, clean, simple-minded fun, though it's a movie whose limited appeal is built in.
Full Review
86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.