Super 8

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Paramount Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Bad Robot Released 2011

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Director:
J.J. Abrams
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery and adventure. Super 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a super 8 movie, only to discover that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants. Experience the film that critics rave is "filled with unstoppable imagination and visual effects to spare. It will put a spell on you." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Like his (Abrams) previous features, "Mission: Impossible III" and "Star Trek," Super 8 is an enticing package without much inside.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This melding of two cinematic sensibilities, though effective at moments, is finally not as exciting or involving as it we'd like it to be.

  • 50

    Variety

    A relatively standard monster movie.

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    • Production Budget - $50,000,000
      Domestic gross - $127,004,179 (22nd)
      Worldwide gross - $260,095,986 (23rd)

    • Filming locations:
      Weirton, West Virginia
      DeStefano's, Follansbee, West Virginia
      Wheeling Ohio County Airport, Ohio County, West Virginia
      Los Angeles, California
      Agua Dulce, California

    • Taglines:
      1. It Arrives

    • Music:
      Don't Bring Me Down

      Written by Jeff Lynne
      Match Game Opening Theme
      Written by Robert Israel
      Easy
      Written by Lionel Richie
      by The Commodores
      My Sharona
      Written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger
      Performed by Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso and Joel Courtney
      Bye Bye Love
      Written by Ric Ocasek
      Performed by The Cars
      Have a Coke and a Smile
      Written by Suzanne Ciani and Billy Davis
      Silly Love Songs
      Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
      Performed by Wings
      Heart of Glass
      Written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein
      Performed by Blondie
      High Diving Hare
      Written by Carl W. Stalling
      Undercover Angel
      Written and Performed by Alan O'Day
      Le Freak
      Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
      Performed by Chic
      My Sharona
      Written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger
      Performed by The Knack

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