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Welcome to Ellen Page Online, the first and foremost fansite dedicated to Canadian actress Ellen Page. Here you will find the latest news and the most up to date information, the biggest photo gallery online, video clips, movie trailers, wallpapers, an awesome message board and much more... Take a look around and enjoy your stay!

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Live Broadcast of tomorrow's MTV Movie Awards powered by Popsugar / Upgrade of the Usolved news script

This year’s MTV Movie Awards will air tomorrow night and, as usual, you can expect a whole bunch of crazy award categories that classier award shows like the Oscars and the Globes simply don’t provide. Although Ellen has received several nominations for »Inception«, there is no official word yet if she is going to attend this LA-based event. Popsugar will be going live from the red carpet at 4:00 pm PT/7:00 pm ET and will interview celebrities as they arrive. Follow the link below to tune into the live broadcast!

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Even if there is no news about Ellen Page, the work on this website steadily continues. New images are added to the gallery, articles and interviews are added to the press archive, the fancorner is being updated with further items like the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray of »SUPER« and so on. In the past two weeks, I worked on upgrading the old news script to the latest version. Its author recently decided to merge the free "Lite" with the rather professional "Pro" edition making some new and useful features available to everyone. While I'm satisfied with the script in general, I also have to admit the user support isn't the best and there are still some minor bugs that need to be fixed. But unlike other webmasters I'm doing my own coding, so this isn't a big deal at all. The new script has already been upgraded since Thursday and works fine as far as I can judge. It may not look like much has changed at first glance, but if you dig a little deeper and you will notice a few differences. Here is a brief description of the new features, improvements and changes.

  • Improved RSS feed: The previous version was hands down a joke. It had no formatting and html tags as well as BB codes weren't interpreted correctly. Now each posting keeps its basic layout and URLs, images and other web elements are displayed properly. I hope the updated design will even increase the chance for EPO to become an IMDb NewsDesk Partner in near future. Take a look at the two screenshots below for a pre-post comparison:
  • Revised comment function: While the original formatting including paragraph breaks and line breaks of each comment were correctly saved in the MySQL database, the script didn't output them in a suitable way. I've manually fixed this problem, so the comments are now shown correctly. At the same time, a query has been added which checks the correct format of the given email address. Since some bots try to spam certain new posts almost every day, I've modified the captcha code by using a new DotMatrix font as well as gridlines in the background and activating case sensitivity. I think the current settings provide the best balance between readability and security. In case users can't read the given code, they can generate a new one by clicking on the icon next to it. And finally the form moved to the top of the page making it easier for you to find out if your comment was successfully added or not. Again, here are some illustrative screenshots:
  • Direct links: As you may know from other scripts and sites, you can add an "id" parameter to the news page URL to directly view a specific post (Example: www.ellenpage.org/newsscript.php?id=275). The previously used "rssid" variable is still available though.
  • Enhanced search results: The "Lite" script completely displayed all posts that included the entered search word on a single page. This was not only confusing, but also generated a temporary high load on the client computer. The new layout, which I created myself, simply outputs the title and the first 500 letters of each post making the search results more user friendly.
  • Wap portal: This brand new feature was requested by long-term fan Hera B. a few years ago and is now available at "wap.ellenpage.org." As I only own an old-fashioned Sony Ericsson K750i, I haven't had the chance to test it in practice. But I used an online testing website to give it a first shot. I think it will serve the basic purpose, although there are some minor bugs that should be fixed. On the one hand, images are still embedded causing a long loading time and on the other hand, the URL's destination instead of it's caption is displayed. However, I'm willing to invest some time into further developing and optimizing it, if this feature attracts wide interest.
  • Browser compatibility: The new script has been tested with all major browsers including Internet Explorer 8/9, Firefox 3.6/4, Google Chrome 11, Apple Safari 5 and Opera 11.11 to ensure optimal usability.
As always, please leave thoughts and feedback in the comment section!

Date: 06/04/2011 - 22:59:46 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page, George Langworthy & Maryam Henein to host the LA premiere screening of »Vanishing of the Bees«

Ellen Page will host the LA premiere screening of the award-winning documentary »Vanishing of the Bees« together with the directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on May 22. Please find more information about this event after the jump.

Event Details

Date :: Sunday May 22 2011
Time :: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Tickets :: $20 Advanced | $25 Door
Location :: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre | 4800 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA 90027
Registration :: http://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=1623681475

Vanishing of the Bees LA Premiere Screening hosted by Ellen Page with the directors George Langworthy & Maryam Henein

Come join the buzz at the Barnsdall Theater for the LA Premiere screening of the award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Oscar-nominated Ellen Page. Following the film, directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein will be joined by Ellen Page for a lively discussion and Q& A.

Ample free parking is available on the upper level of the Barnsdall Art Gallery Complex – located in the heart of Los Feliz on Hollywood Blvd - one half block west of Vermont. Come beforehand to mingle and enjoy refreshments, snacks and music on the beautiful patio.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon threatens the loss of much more than honey as we depend on honeybees to pollinate one third of the food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees chronicles the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and make it through another day.

Featuring experts like author Michael Pollan, the film also presents a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world. This highly acclaimed documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.

Ellen Page

Ellen's outstanding performance as the lead in the film Juno earned her a Oscar Nomination and a tremendous fan base. She is also known for her starring roles in Inception, Hard Candy, Whip It, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Ellen grew up in Halifax Nova Scotia surrounded by nature and has a great appreciation for the wildlife and the outdoors. Her knowledge of the agricultural and scientific issues involved in the film is extensive. She cares deeply about honeybees and holds great enthusiasm for narrating and promoting their vital story.

Source: vanishing-bees.eventbrite.com / www.projectbutterfly.org

Update - 05/16/2011

The filmmakers of the documentary have posted a new viral video with Ellen yesterday. Take a look at it below!

» Ellen Page - Vanishing of the Bees - Viral Video - 15th May 2011 «

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Update - 05/26/2011

A couple of photos from the premiere event in Los Angeles have been added to the gallery yesterday!

(Credit to hwatson68, Tara Renee Settembre and others)

Date: 05/09/2011 - 21:20:22 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page and her »SUPER« buddies on »Doug Loves Movies« / 5th anniversary of »Ellen Page Online«

Doug Benson produced another »Doug Loves Movies« podcast in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and welcomed Ellen Page, Steve Agee, James Gunn, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker last Tuesday. Although all five guests were involved in »SUPER«, they only spoke briefly about the movie, praising Ellen's amazing performance and mentioning the successful VOD release. Most of the time was spent playing the »Leonard Maltin Game«, a regular feature of the podcast, where Benson reads the cast of an unknown movie in reverse order (star of the movie comes last) from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and his guests have to guess the title after deciding how many names they need to do so.

You can listen to and download the entire podcast on douglovesmovies.com, iTunes or here on EPO.

For those who care, today marks the official 5th anniversary/birthday of EPO. I actually came up with the idea of making a website for Ellen a few weeks earlier, but the 30th April 2006 is the date on which the first version finally went online. It was a day in early March that changed my life. I watched the US trailer for »X-Men: The Last Stand« and there was this sequence in the Danger Room which I believe didn't make it into the final cut: A wall explodes and Kitty looks up into the camera while lying on the ground (at 1:47). And I was like "Oh my god. Who is this girl?" I remember I read about her in a movie magazine that featured 100 facts about the movie and one of them was "Canadian actress Ellen Page is going play Kitty Pryde and replaces Katie Stuart, who replaced Sumela Kay." But I never cared about Kitty until this moment. Probably because this character barely got screen time in the first two movies and therefore wasn't as interesting as others like Wolverine or Nightcrawler. I then started doing some research and only came across a few sites with mostly outdated information. Although I hadn't seen any of her movies at this point, I was immediately convinced this attractive actress deserved a decent online presence. Why? I don't know. Maybe looking at her flipped a switch in my brain. What happened afterwards is history. »Hard Candy« and »X-Men: The Last Stand« found a wide audience which significantly increased the number of foreign people visiting the site. It soon became clear that the German version wouldn't be sufficient in the long run. As a result, a completely translated version went online on the 10th December 2006. And oh my gosh, my English was so awful at that time. I ignored comma-placement rules most of the time and kept the sentences as simple as possible. Since there was no real proof reader, you can still read these masterpieces of writing to date. However, I believe people are able to get the essence of my postings and that's what really matters. In the following years, Ellen starred in an inconspicuous independent movie about an unexpected teen pregnancy, received a Best Actress nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, did some other critically acclaimed film projects and "firmly established herself as one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood." What was started as a website dedicated to a rather unknown actress from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has turned into the first port of call for every true fan who wants to stay up to date on one of his favourite A-listers. Today, EPO features 333 German and 273 English news postings, 825 video clips available via streaming and download, 3,866 English and 328 German articles in the press archive, two galleries with 25,508 images and 4,932 icons/wallpapers, the most comprehensive filmography around, an active fan forum as well as a unique fancorner with information on DVDs, CDs, books and much more.

I'm proud of what I've achieved in the past 5 years. EPO is not like any other fan site. It's different in a good way and far superior to anything else available on the net. It's not a simple Wordpress blog decorated with some candid postings and a biography taken from Wikipedia. It has a soul, a personal tone and offers everything a real fan needs. Lately, even other news and movie websites take a look at it to get the latest information or grab some material for their articles. Twitch re-posted a clip from James Gunn's superhero comedy, BeyondHollywood used some images taken from the gallery for its »SUPER« review and a NSFW site promoted the still of Ellen in her body tight superhero costume. At the same time, Backstage.com directly linked to EPO in its recent article on Ellen. So am I completely happy? Absolutely not! Mainly because not much has changed concerning the things mentioned in my posting in October 2010. There was a short period of time where people commented on articles and gave me some feedback. Now it mostly feels like I'm talking to myself while writing and publishing a news post. Despite the release of »SUPER«, only 13 different visitors have signed the guestbook in 2011 so far. Overall, the continuing lack of general support, and appreciation for the work I'm doing here every single day, from everyone who's reading this to the young woman this website is dedicated to, is anything but motivating in the long run. Wanna have a recent example? In April 2011, I asked people to watch out for articles and reviews on »SUPER« in their newspapers and make some photos and scans so they can be shared in the gallery for everyone to read. What have I got to this day? Three "Likes" on Facebook and no article at all. That's really, really great! I could easily go on with other grievances, but I think many have already been pointed out in the previously mentioned posting. Actually, I wouldn't expect anything if I'm running a fan site dedicated to an actress like Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus or Emma Watson and this is just one of many others. But it's safe to say that's not the case here. There is currently only one Ellen Page fan site which really deserves this description. So why is EPO still online? Because its webmaster isn't willing to give up that easy and still hopes some things can be changed in the upcoming months. Besides, he has put too much time and effort into the website to just leave it all behind from one day to the next. And to be honest, he wouldn't know what to do with all the stuff he bought and collected in the course of the past 5 years. This includes more than 130 DVDs of Ellen's movies and series from various countries, around 40 kilograms of magazines stored under his bed and some really hard to find movie memorabilia, promo stuff and other collectibles.

Let this be a further wake-up call for all of you. Please ask yourself what this website means to you, what the internet would be without it and what you can do to keep it alive and running for all of us to enjoy. As stated before, there are so many ways to show your gratitude, appreciation, and recognition for EPO and my work. You've found an article on Ellen in a magazine or paper which isn't available in the gallery yet? Scan it or take a good photo of it. I will gladly upload your contribution and give full credit to you. You've seen Ellen at a film festival or movie premiere and taken some photos or even a video you now want to share with her fans? Please send them! You would like to contribute something by buying a current issue of a magazine which has an article on Ellen for me? That's great, because since I live in Germany it's always expensive and time-consuming to get a copy. You're a TV junkie who knows the television program inside out or you're involved in organizing movie screenings or film festivals? Maybe you can help to keep the calendar up to date. Again, this won't work in the long run without the input, feedback, help and support of the visitors, fans and people who apparently care about this project. Please help keep EPO going!

Date: 04/30/2011 - 22:32:32 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin will star in Woody Allen's upcoming film [updated]

According to Variety, Alec Baldwin (»30 Rock«), Penelope Cruz (»Volver«), Jesse Eisenberg (»The Social Network«) and Ellen have been confirmed for Woody Allen’s next film project scheduled to shoot in Rome this summer. Allen is directing from his own original screenplay and is apparently also planning to appear on screen. While plot details, character names and even the exact title are unknown at the moment, some online journalists are already speculating based on the actor’s types and Allen’s previous works like »Vicky Cristina Barcelona« or »Match Point« what the film will be about. Kristy Puchko from The Film Stage imagines "Baldwin will be playing the unrepentant ugly American character he’s been perfecting on 30 Rock, possibly a father (or father figure) to Eisenberg. Likely he falls for the exotic but complicated Cruz character, and Eisenberg for the quirky/cool girl Page may play. Maybe for bonus twists (and to feed into a theme Allen is oft drawn to) Page will fall for Baldwin." "Eisenberg will be playing the lead as a young American who travels to Italy and discovers some life lessons and gets romantic entangled way above his head," is what Obsessed With Film's Matt Holmes has on his mind. But these are just wild guesses. With filming starting very soon, I'm sure more details will leak in the coming months.

Although his two most recent projects – »Whatever Works« and »You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger« – have been critical and commercial flops, Woody Allen is still a legendary cinematic icon and I believe it's an honour and gift for every actor to work with him. Ellen will without a doubt have a good time in Italy and hopefully will get the chance to visit her favourite milk bar once again.

Update 04/19/2011

In a recent interview with the French newspaper Le Journal du dimanche, Allen revealed the film will be called »The Wrong Picture.« Whether that’s a working title or the actual title remains to be seen. Commenting on the cast he said that "Eisenberg was "remarkable" in »The Social Network«, Page was a "revelation" in »Juno« and there is more casting to come."

Update 05/07/2011

In talk with director Woody Allen, USA Today learned that »The Wrong Picture« is the wrong title because there isn't one yet. He currently describes the project as "a comic picture, an out-and-out comedy." Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni has joined the cast and will play a part in the Rome-based movie.

Update 04/16/2011

Coinciding with the on demand release of »SUPER«, UGO has posted a viral video featuring The Crimson Bolt and sidekick Boltie speaking with Personal Security Expert Frank Corpus about crime in the streets of Austin during the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. At the same time, the title sequence has been made available via the movie's official Facebook page. Enjoy the clips!

» SUPER Special - How To Fight Crime - SXSW Edition - 15th April 2011 «

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» SUPER Title Sequence «

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Date: 04/14/2011 - 21:26:47 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen on the »Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« / Decent box office start for »SUPER« / Press comments

Continuing her promo tour for »SUPER«, Ellen headed back to LA and stopped by the »Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« last Wednesday. The interview was refreshingly long with the actress spending more than 15 minutes on the show. It started off with casual small talk about her eating habits, minimalist lifestyle, her mother's tattoo, facing mortal fear on a camping trip as well as the special attraction of the circus Ellen attended while filming »Mouth to Mouth« in Portugal. When she explained that her super hero character is "a bit of a psychopath" and "a little bit of a sexual predator," something unexpected happened. Instead of saying "Go and see that movie" or "Check it out in theaters now" as usual, Ferguson quipped "I don't think I want to see this film." Although the host was clearly joking in this case, it wasn't the best way to support his guest’s project. Also next time it might be helpful to tell the audience what to expect and why they should actually see the movie. But that's just my humble opinion. Since that was probably Ellen's last public appearance for a while, I hope you enjoy the video.

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On the same day, Star critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times failed to follow his own own code of behavior and gave away a major spoiler in the very first paragraph of his »SUPER« review. While it's surely not okay to reveal important details and I can understand James Gunn being upset about that, I also think he and his people should point the fingers at themselves. Without any warning, they posted links to the track list of the soundtrack in late March, which basically has the same spoiler in the title of the 15th track. Poetic justice if you ask me.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

According to Box Office Mojo, the superhero movie grossed $46,549 at 11 locations for a per-theater average of $4,232 on its opening weekend. At first sight this doesn't look like a great result, but it's still a satisfying and solid start compared to Ellen's previous independent movie »Whip It« which made an estimated $5,966,058 at 1,721 locations for a weaker average of $3,467. But let's be realistic. James Gunn stated more than once that "SUPER won't be a movie for everyone" and it was never expected to be a box office smash. And this will also be reflected in its earnings. However, I'm certain the movie will find its way when it becomes available via VOD this week and opens in more and more US cities throughout the month. Besides, it's not the money that matters and I can imagine that an actress like Ellen could care less about box office numbers. Of course, everyone feels happy if a film does well, gets attention and is a financial success. But there are many other factors that need to be considered. Fact is Ellen had a blast on the set, got to work with many fantastic people and even made (close) friends with some of them. She once again pushed the envelope and was able to challenge herself on multiple levels by taking on a completely new role that we have never seen her in before. And the best thing is her crazy, immature and deeply disturbed Libby/Boltie is an absolute scene stealer as has been confirmed in nearly every review. By portraying such a controversial character, Page also proves she is perfectly capable of transforming herself in unforeseen and electrifying ways, which, in turn, will certainly be noticed by other directors and producers and will help her to get other different and challenging roles in future.

I haven't watched the movie yet and will have to wait until it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. Just like Ellen, I can’t stand extreme violence and gore in movies either. That's why I skip movies like »SAW« or »Hostel« and dislike »Piranha« for example. I will probably have a difficult time watching some scenes like the one spoiled by Roger Ebert, but I will definitely give it a shot! Ellen always makes good decisions when it comes to picking up worthwhile projects and I believe »SUPER« will be no exception in this regard. On that note, go and see »SUPER«! Check the US release schedule (here, here or here) to see if it's playing in a theatre near you. Download the »SUPER« app for iPhone and Android, buy the official soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes and support James Gunn's super hero comedy in every way you can!

Press Comments

Although Rainn Wilson is a fantastic lead role, Ellen Page is an absolute scene stealer as an ADD sadist with a fetish for role play sex. [...] The script was absolute perfection, and I don’t ever remember being so grossed out but laughing so hard I could barely breathe at exactly the same time. Other nods go to the soundtrack which fits perfectly, the magnificent costumes of The Crimson Bolt and Boltie, and the unforgettable special effects.
Vicki Isitt, HeyUGuys
Best of all, Gunn did it within the confines of a meticulously structured genre film – ignore all the subtext, and it's still one of the most emotionally wrenching (no pun intended) films in years. So whether you go the cinema for great characters, strong direction, intellectual subtext, a great story or simply a good time you can trust me, "SUPER" won't disappoint you.
Jake Mulligan, The Suffolk Voice
I like "Super." I like that James Gunn is trying new things within the genre as he did with the also-strong "Slither." He’s an interesting director because he’s not approaching his material in the same way as most of his peers. I wish the film was ultimately a bit more refined and a bit more consistent in its message. "Super" is saying something. I’m just not quite sure anyone knows what.
Brian Tallerico, Hollywood Chicago
James Gunn's "Super" mixes and mismatches genres to confounding effect. "Super" becomes both a crude celebration and sharp criticism of violence, both an embrace and rejection of the staid superhero conventions, and both a comic romp and serious exploration of obsessive love.
Dann Gire, Daily Herald
Super is an awesome film, and one whose dark humour never truly overtakes it. Wilson and Page are amazing in their roles, and the rest of the supporting cast does a great job backing them up. I just hope everyone can experience and have as much fun as I did.
In the final moments of Super -- when the true stakes of what Frank has been fighting for are finally revealed -- the film gets its heart, and the drama truly resonates. The reason it works is not only because Frank earns it -- but by sticking with the film through all of its graphic violence, disturbing psychology, and twisted humor, the audience does as well.
Jason Buchanan, TV Guide
Super is the film Kick-Ass so thoroughly failed to be: A perverse and engrossing superhero satire. That it’s absurd, bipolar, and overwhelmingly violent, there can be no question. But if you stay with it, you may find that there is a method to writer/director James Gunn’s madness. There are moments that are intensely funny, moments that are not funny at all, and moments so gloriously bizarre that describing them would hardly do them justice.
Chris Pandolfi, Popzara
This is not everybody’s cup of tea and I can definitely anticipate some people walking out but if you like comedy with a side of crazy, a whole lot of gore and quite a bit of "they did not jut go there" inappropriateness, then you’re going to really enjoy this film. BEWARE: if you do go see this movie, DON’T BUTT IN LINE.
Matthew Fong, Advancescreenings.com
In any case, if you want to see something that's like Watchmen mixed with Pulp Fiction then you should see Super.
archphoenix, Culture Brats
Replete with bizarre hallucination scenes, extreme punishment for line-cutters and lame religious superheroes, Super is a flawed, but ultimately fun and interesting film. James Gunn, in span of his career, from his work with Troma Entertainment to Slither, has never been one to show a great deal of restraint.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend
Super is a fantastically directed film with phenomenal performances. This gets into heavy drama territory, but it’s still pretty fricking funny. It’s also got a great score and soundtrack, and some cool animation. I can’t stress enough Rainn Wilson’s awesome acting in this. If you want a darker version of Kick-Ass, this is the movie for you.
Dan Cohen, Pop-Break
"Super" represents another nail in the coffin for the consciously impotent fanboy culture that hijacked Hollywood since the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Avoid this movie like the plague and say goodbye to petulance.
Cole Smithey, colesmithey.com
The heartbreaking part about Super is that there are so many awesome moments. [...] Gunn takes his characters to some fucking dark, DARK moments. I’m not trying to deter people. I think if you want to see Super, you still should. I just found it to be disappointing. It catapaults from really silly gore action and wacky hijinks into Frank weeping in a corner because he just wants to see his beautiful wife again.
Brian Prisco, Pajiba
In the end, Super is a fine little small budget effort that has a lot to say about the genre. The film’s reality is close to our own and the grounded nature raises the stakes and elevates Crimson Bolt’s challenges. The film’s third act is perfect and isn’t afraid to break off what you think will happen. Bold and brutal, Super isn’t for everyone, but if you are up for something different, even for the superhero genre, then I think you will find a lot of fun in Super.
Zac Oldenburg, Review St. Louis
It’s not perfect. The seams show and the tone shifts wildly from scene to scene. The characters could have done with a bit more fleshing out and not all of the jokes work. But Super has an energy about it and a delight in its audacity that’s refreshing in this day of cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers movie-making.
Suicide Blonde, Horrorview
Those looking for a poor man's Kick-Ass will find a few laughs, but Super fails to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be and ultimately what point it's trying to make.
Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics
So while Super isn’t going to win any major awards, it’s definitely a great superhero film you can enjoy on different levels-and for once, not just the self-serving kind.
ningen31, cityonfire.com
Super is remarkably audacious, with something to shock pretty much everyone. And it is troubling to the very end, refusing to pass judgment on Frank’s vigilantism. This film takes itself quite seriously, and ultimately seems to share Frank’s belief in his means-to-an-end rampage. Super will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most unexpected and provocative films of the year.
Jason LeRoy, Spinning Platters
Super is a thoroughly satisfying movie, revolving around the very real theme of inadequacy and societal pressure. [...] From its incredibly hilarious opening title sequence of the cast as animated characters performing a Broadway-like number, to its poignant and moving (and unexpected) end, "Super" is not just the much needed spark for the uncertain film industry, but the story of the kind of moral hero and person that we should learn to become.
Ryan Rojas, TonightattheMovies
What SUPER is may be far from perfect, but it’s a good, flawed, personal movie. And I enjoy that it’s messy. Relationships are messy. Breakups are messier. And SUPER isn’t simply about breakups or any one thing. I’m sure I’ll read reviews about its religious undertones and other subtexts. SUPER just feels like a project where the filmmaker had something inside him that he passionately needed to convey.
Allan Dart, Fangoria
Darker and more emotionally grim than Kick-Ass, IFC Films has the rare superhero movie that appeals to bith genre buffs and adult specialty film fans simply because Super has a real hero with flaws and down to earth problems. Like the recent Swedish horror film Let The Right One In, Gunn's Super is a bold reminder to art-house audiences that sometimes a genre film arrives smart enough and emotionally rich enough to please those moviegoers who avoid superhero and fantasy tales. For once, fan boys and specialty films buffs can agree on a film.
Steve Ramos, Movie Jungle
Without spoiling major plot points, SUPER does address the issue of unintended consequences, but by then, we can’t tell how we’re meant to feel about it – it seems to be going for a gut punch and instead results in the viewer wondering what effect is intended, rather than having any actual emotional impact. SUPER gets points for originality and for attempting wild shifts in tone. Sometimes it works to embrace the absurd and the tragic – in its way, SLITHER achieved this. However, in SUPER, the ingredients just don’t mesh.
Abbie Bernstein, AssignmentX
The film, like Kick-Ass, builds to a hyperviolent end, but Super doesn’t exchange its heart for shoot-outs and big explosions; it ends on melancholy note, lending the narrative a more realistic, if sinking, oomph. Its sentiment is surprising—almost as much as the first time Gunn counters a laugh with bloodied brains.
Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Super" starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.
Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
The main thing about this film is that it works. Everything feels real, every move feels correct and all the characters are dynamic.
Sam Morgan, Hollywood.com
One thing about fanboys: Often they're so in love with a concept that they are willing to overlook shoddy execution. Hence the groundswell of misplaced enthusiasm for James Gunn's "Super," a spoof of you-know-what that's a lot less funny than it sounds.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
With "Super," you could conjecture that Gunn's making a statement about how religion spawns violence, but the film's too much fun to go there, even with its Christian values front and center. This pitch black comedy is destined for cult status.
Reeling Review
Super has hilarious moments, but Gunn is less equipped to handle its serious implications, and proceeds with an ending that feels like a mathematical average of every possible interpretation of Taxi Driver, to which this movie bears a passing thematic resemblance. It makes a decent pass at bringing superheroes into the real world, but on some level, Super still plays like the comic-book version of this material.
Jesse Hassenger, Filmcritic.com
But where Gunn's last feature "Slither" was an enjoyably icky, funny riff on schlocky horror tropes, the split-personality "Super" merely repels with half-baked ideas, Wilson's and Page's scorched-earth overacting and atonal bursts of jokey gore. To this "Kapow" and "Bam" world, please add "Bleccch."
Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
It may sound like "Super" is trying too hard to shock, trying too hard to be edgy or weird. But it has such a low-budget charm, it's pretty hard to resist. Besides, if you don't, you risk incurring the wrath of The Crimson Bolt. And you don't want that.
Christy Lemire, The Associated Press

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