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Shazam! (2019)

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Critic Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

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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 (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary 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 fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

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Cast

Mark Strong (II)
as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Asher Angel
as Billy Batson
Ian Chen
as Eugene
Marta Milans
as Rosa Vasquez
Cooper Andrews
as Victor Vasquez
Ron Cephas Jones
as The Wizard
Michelle Borth
as Mary Shazam
Meagan Good
as Darla Dudley (Adult)
Stephannie Hawkins
as Bus Passenger #6
Lovina Yavari
as Store Clerk
Natalia Safran
as Mrs. Sivana
Caroline Palmer
as Billy's Mom
Ava Preston
as Lillian Price
Evan Marsh
as Burke Breyer
Cassandra Ebner
as Bus Passenger #2
Andi Osho
as Ms. Glover
Mitra Suri
as Bus Passenger #1
Lotta Losten
as Lynn Crosby
Shayna Ryan
as Art Museum Goer
Heather Capuano
as Carnival Goer
Cyndy Day
as Mom on Airplane
David Kohlsmith
as Young Billy
Rachel Boyd
as Senior Girl
Rachel Boyde
as Senior Girl
Angelica Lisk
as Hann-Bus Passenger #7
Kerri Kamara
as Attractive Lady
Simon Northwood
as Businessman
Paloma Nunez
as Realtor
Lou Lou Safran
as Sivana's Twin Sisters - 12 Years Old
Brian Kaulback
as Mall Santa Claus
Carson Manning
as Board Member
Harper Gunn
as Little Girl at Carnival
Ali Badshah
as Mehmet Kotil
John Stead
as Bus Passenger #5
Adam Rodness
as The Receptionist
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Jesse Bond
as Father at Carnival
Stephen Alexander
as Carnival Goer #1
Tosh Robertson
as Student #3
Dana Reznik
as Carnival Mom
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Critic Reviews for Shazam!

All Critics (384) | Top Critics (44)

Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

After lazy reliance on phoney gravitas and blundering with its first serious stab at levity with Aquaman, DC has found a comic torch-bearer of pure heart to illuminate the path of righteousness ahead.

April 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks.

April 5, 2019 | Full Review…

In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away!

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director David F. Sandberg remains a horror guy at heart (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), and the ping-ponging between yuks and yikes leads to a pretty nasty case of aesthetic whiplash.

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shazam!

The main problem with this irregular superhero movie is that Billy and Shazam are like two completely different people, which makes it almost impossible for us to connect with the character, and it doesn't help that the goofy humor doesn't always work, despite some inspired moments.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It was not what I expected, honestly. There were some charming moments here and there, but this film is further proof that there are too many, unnecessary superhero films being made that are stitched together with poor scripts, lousy villains, and cliched characters. I am begging you: give me a good superhero movie.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

If "Big" was a superhero movie, it'd be Shazam! This DC-Comics-adaptation swoops in with lighthearted humor and a surprising amount of heart thanks to its charismatic lead in Zachary Levi. The film is full-fledged fun and entertainment that is surely a surprise for 2019 as well as DC's slate of fluctuating films. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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