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Parents' Guide to

Superman: Unbound

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Superman fights, learns life lessons in animated thriller.

Movie PG-13 2013 75 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Not a Bad DC Flick

This is a fairly decent Superman movie that showcases The Man of Steel as he faces off against Braniac. The film is pretty entertaining because it has some nice fight scenes, Supergirl is in it, and Superman has a really sharp sense of sarcasm too. However, something did seem to be missing. Perhaps the plot was far too simple and predictable. I find that the movie needed more layers and a possible twist to give it a spark. Nevertheless, the film should not disappoint anyone who is a fan of the man from Krypton.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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For some reason, the Superman stories that have been coming out of the DC superheroes animated pipeline have been far more thoughtful than the rest, and this one is among the best of them. Superman is often written off as a simplistic hero with no inner demons, but he's certainly the center of some fascinating moral conundrums.

Director James Tucker, who has much experience in animation but makes his feature directorial debut, provides clean appealing lines for the characters and a strong sense of space, clarity, and gravity. Superman's fight scenes really pack a punch here. Tucker deftly balances the story -- which is based on a 2008 series of comic books by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank -- allowing for character development, rich ideas, and slam-bang excitement. It fills out its 75 minutes perfectly.

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