3 stars out of 4 -- "In SUPER 8, Abrams makes us care. This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/23/2011)
"Loving, playful, and spectacularly well made....It's been eons since a movie has conjured up such intense, specific feelings, images, memories, and nostalgic fantasies about American summertime youth..." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (06/17/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "SUPER 8 has the visual signatures of an early Spielberg movie....SUPER 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (06/10/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "SUPER 8 packs the emotional punch of vintage Steven Spielberg with the spectacular effects and sense of mystery at which writer/director J.J. Abrams excels."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (06/08/2011)
"The bright idea at the center of SUPER 8 is a counterpoint between a sci-fi adventure that unfolds on a grand scale and the evolution of the little Super 8 film within the film....SUPER 8 serves as a showcase for the style of humane, richly detailed and relatively unhurried filmmaking that made those Spielberg fantasies what they are..."
Wall Street Journal - Roger Ebert (06/10/2011)
"SUPER 8 is distilled nostalgia....It's an unabashed romp that works even for those who didn't grow up in late-Seventies Everytown, USA."
Film Comment - Film Comment Staff (07/01/2011)
5 stars out of 5 -- "Like Spielberg, Abrams has an eye for awe....This terrific troupe recall not just early Spielberg but '80s favourites STAND BY ME and THE MONSTER SQUAD."
Total Film - Jamie Graham (08/01/2011)
"[T]his science fiction adventure centered on film geek kids in smalltown 1979 America is something Spielberg can easily be imagined having made himself....Engagin on its own terms..."
Hollywood Reporter - Todd McCarthy (06/04/2011)
"The slower, more cumbersome gadgetry of the predigital past provides SUPER 8 with some clever jokes and plot twists..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (06/09/2011)
"SUPER 8 is an immaculate production, and set-piece scenes, such as the derailment and a later attack by the alien on a military vehicle, are first rate."
Sight and Sound - Henry K. Miller (09/01/2011)