Christliness has always been an element of the Superman myth. But this film's near literal insistence upon it becomes absurd since director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer don't dramatize the analogy, they presume it.
No fun costume change in a phone booth, no wowing humans with his powers and no repartee with reporter Lois Lane.
The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence.
There's very little humor or joy in this Superman story.
There's plenty to like in Snyder's hectic, rowdy film. But by the time we reach the bludgeoning excesses of the last half-hour it's hard to shake the sense that this was an opportunity at least partially missed.
Cavill broods handsomely as Superman, but this reboot skimps on fun and romance.
Matt Zoller Seitz
The movie delivers on the promise of its title and then some.
Man of Steel packs quite a wallop. A few too many wallops, as it turns out.
The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat-footed homilies.