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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Almost every moment has flashes and explosions and a pulsing, relentless soundtrack. It's like being trapped inside a video game. show more

  • 38
    Andy Seiler USA Today

    Shot by a special-effects superstar making his first stab at directing, Mark Dippe, the result is dizzying in its unreality, and the visual tricks are impressive. [01Aug1997 Pg.02.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It walks and talks like a big budget horror film, heavy on special effects and pitched at the teenage audience, and maybe that's how it will be received. But it's more impressive if you ignore the genre and just look at what's on the screen. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Todd McFarlane's Spawn plays better on the page, but the adolescents of all ages who buy Spawn comics will probably enjoy the movie. Others should consider themselves forewarned. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Unfortunately, where the movie falls apart is in the storyline. While Spawn fans may be delighted by this effort, the uninitiated may have a hard time getting beyond the fancy special effects and often-incoherent plot. show more

  • 25
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Otherwise, the movie, which borrows from a dozen pop sources and improves on none of them, is pretty much a washout. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's all one big blur: sound, fury, and Martin Sheen devouring scenery as if it were going out of style (and in Spawn, it's definitely not). show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Spawn doesn't make a lot of sense, but the imagery whooshes by in glitzy psychedelic torrents. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The adventure is vulgar and violent, although the special effects are impressive. show more

  • 70
    John Anderson Los Angeles Times

    The special effects are effective and aggressive, although one might occasionally confuse a divine vortex with a flushed toilet. show more

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