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Super 8 Inspires Cinephile Debate

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2011 at 4:56AM

Super 8 reviews are by no means uniformly positive. It is in fact inspiring considerable cinephile debate. While I am convinced that the movie will 1) please most fans 2) be a huge hit and 3) inspire a Spielberg lovefest at this point in his career, the issues raised by the film's detractors are worth considering.
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Super 8 reviews are by no means uniformly positive. It is in fact inspiring considerable cinephile debate. While I am convinced that the movie will 1) please most fans 2) be a huge hit and 3) inspire a Spielberg lovefest at this point in his career, the issues raised by the film's detractors are worth considering.

Kris Tapley, for example, argues that the movie is "a nostalgia wank...so much potential squandered... and such an undercooked narrative that it’s kind of depressing to wallow in the specifics...It’s far too unsatisfying on even the most basic storytelling level." A wide range of reviews, print and online, is here and at Rotten Tomatoes, where it's currently at 83% vs. the audience's 85 %.

What the Flick?! gets a great debate going:

This article is related to: Directors, Video, Reviews, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.