EW Staff
October 18, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Superman II

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
127 minutes
performer
Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, E.G. Marshall, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine, Terence Stamp, Susannah York
director
Richard Lester
Producers
Alexander Salkind, Film Export A.G., International Film Production, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
David Newman, Leslie Newman, Mario Puzo
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

Director Richard Lester’s Superman II — follow-up to the movie in which ”you’ll believe a man can fly” — is one of those sequels that actually surpasses the original. It boasts a more consistent tone, better special effects (such as villains throwing buses around like paper planes), and even an affecting love story, rendered more poignant by the real-life tragedies of Reeve and Kidder (who look quite vital in this beautifully remastered letterboxed edition). The surround sound is also a revelation; when Superman rescues a child from Niagara Falls, an off-camera voice in the crowd can be heard declaring ”Of course he’s Jewish!” A

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