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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 case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
Action Adventure Fantasy - This is a more family-aimed superhero movie
based on the DC Comics character. Fans of star
Zachary Levi will definitely enjoy. There are
some scary images and strong language that
will be of concern to parents of the youngest
of kids, but on the whole parents of pre-teens
and up should deem this safe enough viewing.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Shazam! isn't expected to compete against the likes of Captain Marvel or Avengers: Endgame. But its status as a minor-league player doesn't diminish its capacity to entertain (doing a better job at that than some of the higher-profile alternatives).
USA TodayFull Review Good ... the high-flying showdowns and the holiday-themed action-packed finale (which is highly satisfying, though it goes on a bit too long) are secondary. "Shazam!” works because of its emphasis on friendship and family...
NY PostFull Review Good It's blissfully simple good guy, bad guy stuff. And you don't have to catch up on 30 preceding movies just to understand the plot. But what really makes "Shazam!” work are the characters' relationships.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average Shazam! sees DC combining the golden-age optimism espoused by Wonder Woman and the jubilant, self-aware silliness of Aquaman into a satisfying whole, even if the narrow scope of Billy and Sivana's conflict does lead to stretches of downtime where thematic and narrative points are rehashed to the detriment of the film's otherwise brisk pace.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 111 moviegoers:
FANTASTIC REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "SHAZAM." It's rare for any movie to receive such a very high percentage of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" reviews. Equally important, just a few moviegoers rated it as low as "Good/Average."