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Supergirl (1984)

July. 01,1984
| Adventure Fantasy Action Science Fiction

After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.


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If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.


Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.


This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.

Suman Roberson

It's a movie as timely as it is provocative and amazingly, for much of its running time, it is weirdly funny.


Supergirl is a pure 80s adventure flick with sometimes campy acting and an obscure story, compared to the more talked-about Superman films, which were made around the same time period. However, Supergirl has an interesting plot and is quite the entertaining film and loads of fun. There's also plenty of action and some humor as well.Grade B


I like to watch comicbook movies, even the ones that were not very well received, and now it's time for this flick about the cousin of the Man of Steel. Supergirl starts with showing a space city which happens to be an isolated Kryptorian community in a pocket of trans-dimensional space(?? I just quote this stuff from the internet, it's not explained in the movie what trans-dimensional space is...). Some wizard dude called Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) shows Kara Zor- El/Supergirl (Helen Slater) a baseball-sized object known as the Omegahedron which powers the city but can also be used to make cheap looking jewelry or big butterflies (??). Kara Zor-El creates a big butterfly, which promptly flies out of the plastic sheet(?!) covered window causing the Omegahedron getting sucked out into space and flying straight to earth, landing in the thee of a woman known as Selena (Faye Dunaway), who immediately recognizes it as a valuable artifact.. The Kryptorians are a little angry with their power source flying out of the window and they blame Zaltar who takes full responsibility and goes to live in the phantom zone. However, Klara jumps in a "space ships" (space egg would be a better description) and flies to Earth to get the power source back. She lands on Earth as Supergirl; having the power to fly, great strength, laser-beam eyes and frost breath. But instead of using those powers to get the stone back, she decides it's better to dress up as a schoolgirl, make friends with other schoolgirls and doing schoolgirly things because that's obviously the right thing to do... The Kryptorian city could only last two "days" (Earth days?) so hopefully the schoolgirl approach will make sure Supergirl get's the stone back in time! Now I have seen some bad movies before but I think this is one of the worst ever for me. The only thing that was decent where some of the action scenes and some set pieces. The rest was just awful! The acting and the way that lines are delivered here is below the level of porn parodies. It looks like everything was just shot in one take after the actors remembered their lines. And yeah this movie is from the 80's so special effects where not what they are today but compared to the effects in the original superman (which came out 7 years earlier) this looks like stuff thrown together on a Sunday afternoon. The worst fake flying scenes ever are shown here.There is also nothing explained who Supergirl is and how she survived the destruction of Krypton? And who is this Zaltar guy? It's also not clear what the villain character wants, other then some big muscled guy who she has the hots for. Lex Luther in the original Superman wanted to blow up California, that sound more like a comicbook villain then some woman seducing a attractive guy. And the only reason she battles Supergirl is because she also likes the big muscled guy? Really? And don't get me started on the "join the schoolgirls!" part of the movie. My goodness, it felt like watching a parody of "Porky's Revenge" or some other B-class 80's comedy. Who thought that watching "Linda Kent's first day at high school!" made great stuff for a comic-book movie? This should be about superheroes not some dumb teenage crap. And when Supergirl finally could actually use her powers for the good, she just stands there in her schoolgirl uniform watching the town getting destroyed! And when she finally decides to do something she only saves the hot guy and nothing else! Worst. Superhero. Ever.I don't know if there is a Supergirl porn parody movie but I think it has better acting, plot and special effects then this piece of utter garbage. This is the first time that I regret watching a movie and feel sorry for myself to waste two hours. I recommend you clean your house, go help your neighbors with something or watch paint dry instead of watching this.


After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.This film has a fairly low rating, and it could be argued that it deserves this. After all, it is sort of silly. The acting is hit and miss, and unless I was not paying attention, it was not really explained how Supergirl magically gets a costume as soon as she hits earth...But this is a fun film, and that makes up for any shortcoming, because it is actually enjoyable to watch. I really loved the special effects. Today people would call them "cheap", but I actually prefer them over the computer-generated rubbish we too often get from the blockbusters. Helen Slater may never have become an A-lister, but she will always be known for this gem.


As IMDb was not at that time, I saw the movie back when it came out and saw it again today. The actor chosen for Supergirl was perfect. This movie has all what a super hero movie should have.Sure the fx is not up to date. The script was not the vest but overall the feeling and experience still remain.I watched the pilot of the Supergirl series and was so let down. I won't waste a minute watching that horrible series again. I notice people have many complains regarding different stuff, however if you watch a movie ahead of internet you have to expect that there is many things that has changed. In the end it is the experience that matters, and Supergirl was ahead of it's time as most people who were interested in super heroes was men and like men playing the part as hero not girls. Don't listen to what anyone says, if you watch a movie do it because you want to see it, most people know within the first 10-20 mins of a movie if it is worth seeing for them.