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Sucker Punch (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's technically impressive and loaded with eye-catching images, but without characters or a plot to support them, all of Sucker Punch's visual thrills are for naught.

Movie Info

"Sucker Punch" is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls-the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung)-to band together and try to escape a terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac) and Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), before the mysterious High Roller (Jon Hamm) comes for Babydoll. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey-if they succeed-will set them free.. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 28, 2011
Box Office: $36.4M
IMAX - Official Site


Abbie Cornish
as Sweet Pea
Jon Hamm
as High Roller/Doctor
Carla Gugino
as Madam Gorski
Scott Glenn
as Wise Man
Gerard Plunkett
as Stepfather
Malcom Scott
as The Cook
Kelora Clingwell
as Babydoll's Mother
Frederique De Raucou...
as Babydoll's Sister
Eli Snyder
as Tommy Soldier #1
Cainan Wiebe
as Tommy Soldier #2
Danny Bristol
as Tommy Soldier #3
John R. Taylor
as Grim Doctor
Chris Nowland
as Cemetary Cop
Gina Garenkooper
as Bitter Nurse
Alan Peterson
as Mayor/Lighter Orderl...
Revard Dufresne
as Big Boss Thug/Orderl...
Monique Ganderton
as Lobotomy Nurse/High ...
Lee Tomaschefski
as Lobotomy Nurse/High ...
Brad Kelly
as Guard/Chauffer #1
Peter Bryant
as Guard/Chauffer #2
Christine Willes
as Reception Nurse/Desi...
Michael D. Adamthwai...
as State Trooper #1
Phillip Mitchell
as State Trooper #2
Ian Tracey
as Police Officer #1
Sean Campbell
as Police Officer #2
Annie Au
as Dancer
Tia Haraga
as Dancer
Jeff Dimitriou
as "Emilio" Gangster Da...
John Howard
as Band Member #1
Thomas Fornataro
as Band Member #2
G! Force
as Band Member #4
Nii Nortey Engmann
as Band Member #5
Gary A. Hecker
as Creature Voices
A.C. Peterson
as Lighter Orderly, May...
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Critic Reviews for Sucker Punch

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (35)

Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.

Full Review… | June 29, 2011
Top Critic

Sucker Punch is an example of what happens when creativity derails. It's a sensory overload of utter garbage on every level possible.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Wait, they're letting this guy remake "Superman"?

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Tribune News Service

Snyder was aiming for more than an action-packed popcorn flick -- making it hard to ignore that the filmmaker, much like Babydoll, temporarily lost his footing in reality.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

If it wasn't executed with such panache it would probably qualify as one of the dumbest movies of 2011.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for Sucker Punch


After reading a handful of reviews in the morning I plopped down into my theater seat with about maybe a dozen other males. Yep the target audience via the trailers but I think after several viewings of this people may think twice about the ridiculously low scores, reviews, ratings they are giving this movie.

So for two hours I was treated or tortured by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. First off it is Zack Snyder, If you have seen 300, Watchmen or Legend of the Guardians you know what I mean, cue the slo-mo. Also on the bad, if the idea was to take theater speakers and break them with a classic rock soundtrack on steroids, mission successful. At moments I have to admit I felt like I was watching a two hour music video.

But I kept watching and while I was expecting a incoherent jumble of a plot I got well a incoherent jumble of apblot that was subtle and nuanced. The reviews you are going to read are going to say this was just a Maxim eye candy fest or some other nonsense about the women being dressed skimpy and that is that.

That is not it. The movie is about them fighting for their survival. The plot I admit if one doesn)t pay attention is hard to grasp at times but I kept watching for the little bits of this or that, that brought the movie together for me. I feel many other viewers will be overblown by the movies over the top action.

And it is indeed over the top action at its finest. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best ive seen in a long time. There is no doubt that Snyder can film action. The movie has a very stylized look to it just like 300 and Watchmen. You can tell this is a Snyder film.

Many reviews will talk about the comic book feel the bad dialogue etc. For Snyder this is his first film based on his own material and it shows. The acting when they talk is not the best, but to me the actors seemed more like chess pieces being moved around the board to the end. I did not really need much talk. The movie did a good job of telling itself to me.

Sitting here trying to put this into words, if 300 was about good looking men destroying the enemy, well Sucker Punch is all about good looking women laying it all on the line for their survival and kicking ass along the way.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The hyperstylized visuals are spectacular and a total delight, but they are not exactly enough to compensate for an empty plot that is almost uninvolving. The idea of mixing wuxia, war movies, Nazi zombies and robots is indeed curious but not sufficient to be worth your attention.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Zack Snyder has always crafted visually appealing picture, and his style is unique, kinetic and intense. With Sucker Punch he delivers all his trademark filmmaking techniques to create an action film that looks great, but falls a bit flat in terms of story. For me, Sucker Punch was decent popcorn entertainment, but I also wanted more. The cast were good, but the script never gives them much to work with. This is one of those movies that never realizes its potential, and leaves the viewer wanting more. The idea is good, but at the same time it feels too ambitious without actually adding anything truly memorable, and in the long run, it's a forgettable movie, worth only seeing once. Of all of Snyder's films, I'd say that this his least accomplished one. The film has a great visual style, good action, but little story. If the script would have been rewritten, then maybe this film really would have succeeded. Sucker Punch isn't awful, but it's not a good film either. For me, I found the film decent, but it left me wanting more, and Zack Snyder has done far better work than this. However he redeemed himself with the highly entertaining Man of Steel. This picture tries too hard at being grand, and it loses its power halfway through, and the result is never really satisfying. Most of the scenes just don't seem to gel together, and in the long run, it never really makes sense. Sucker Punch is not beyond awful, but it does leave a lot to be desired as well. Don't go into this one expecting a great film, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for Snyder's weakest directorial effort, then look no further than this one.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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