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Super 8 (12A)

Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

The critical consensus

A monster mash-up of '50s sci-fi, late-'70s / early '80s event movie and autobiography, Super 8 doesn’t possess the top-to-bottom greatness of the films it’s modelled on but, in shooting for the stars, leaves 90% of modern blockbusters in the gutter. Mint.

*****Jamie Graham, Total Film, 01/06/2011

Super 8 is a loving homage to the way blockbusters used to be, which carries its own lessons for Abrams’ contemporaries today.

****(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 29/07/2011

It’s nowhere close to E. T. — what is? — but amongst the hullabaloo of summer, Super 8 is something to cherish: a beautifully made homage to better times, and better movies.

****(*)Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 01/08/2011

It’s very E.T., very Goonies and very Close Encounters — wonderful fun.

****(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 03/08/2011

The best blockbuster of its kind since the Spielberg era.

Matt Glasby, Little White Lies, 04/08/2011

It really is a terrific first act: witty, smart, exciting...but then what?

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/08/2011

It is old fashioned and without flash, built on people and relationships, more of a slow-burn mystery than an action fest, but no less compelling for it.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 04/08/2011

It has been said that, in terms of themes, narrative arc and even visual motifs, Super 8 is too much like a Spielberg film. Well, better that than being like a Michael Bay film. Abrams has created a clever, enjoyably reverential, and very entertaining update of an old-fashioned boy’s-own caper.

****(*)Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 04/08/2011

A bravura exercise in being bravura.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 04/08/2011

The film's charm doesn't last the distance. You can virtually pinpoint the scene from which it starts to decline into formulaic, FX-driven setpieces. Abrams has nerve as well as talent, but not enough of either to resist the gravitational pull of box-office numbers.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 05/08/2011

What follows is a fun, suspenseful and heartfelt adventure as the kids gradually cotton on to the presence of an alien being in the town whose fate ultimately rests in their hands.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 05/08/2011

Old school or new school, it works.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 04/08/2011

Super 8 is not so much a pastiche of Spielberg's films as a note-perfect impersonation. It's so entertaining, that only in the closing stretch do you notice that the young heroes haven't actually done very much.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 07/08/2011

Nothing in the latter part of Super 8 matches the first 40 minutes, but the suspense is well sustained and the performances are attractive.

Philip French, The Observer, 07/08/2011

Features about Super 8 (12A)

The family blockbuster returns

Kaleem Aftab, The Independent, 24/06/2011

JJ Abrams: 'I called Spielberg and he said yes'

Katie Puckrik, The Guardian, 01/08/2011

The story of Super 8: how every man, woman and child became a film-maker.

David Cox, The Guardian, 08/08/2011

Super 8 (12A)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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