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We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"Once Billy says that magic word and his supersized alter ego appears, the movie goes to its happy place and comfortably embraces its own identity as a light, jocular, modest entertainment."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"This wacky, breezy take on the veteran DC Comics character is absolutely super (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
"'Shazam!' is thoroughly entertaining. But much like its central character (...) often the pic gives the impression of a kid playing in the adult leagues."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible (...) A light, funny, grounded, engagingly unpretentious sleight-of-hand action comedy"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Brody
The New Yorker
"Even the endearing performances (...) can’t overcome the pedantic world-building and generic C.G.I. gyrations."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"We're just as invested in Billy's search for his long-lost mom as we are in his ability to jump off a skyscraper unscathed. Now that's super! (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
James Berardinelli
"In 'Shazam!'. the positives outweigh the negatives. The film's fresh aspects are strong enough to keep the stale ones at bay. (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Nick Allen
"While 'Shazam!' is goofier (and darker) than it may look, you'll wish its superhero came with a little more spark (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"There's a certain magic in this 'Big'-meets-Superman affair (...) 'Shazam!' works because of its emphasis on friendship and family (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"A warm, funny, and anarchic superhero movie about the power of family, "Shazam!" is total magic from start to finish."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
"Whenever Levi is on screen (...) the movie soars (...) [It] is basically two movies in one. One with Levi (...) the other with Strong (...) I loved one, yawned through the other."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"What’s most important is that the movie does capture the original comics’ combination of breezy heroism and nutty plotting (...) The cast is consistently sharp"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jim Vejvoda
"The very fun and funny 'Shazam!' is DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the era of Christopher Reeve’s Superman."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
"'Shazam!' is at its most endearing when it keeps its ambitions modest (...) [It is] overburdened with backstories for both hero and villain and subtexts that it can’t (or won’t) fully articulate"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
"The final result isn’t a knock-out (...) but it’s definitely entertaining. A lot of that success stems from the comedic rapport between Levi and Grazer"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Kim Newman
"[It] makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"There’s something engagingly old school about both the film’s tone and visuals (...) A kid-friendly caper powered with enough energy [and] a fun central conceit (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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