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Sucker Punch (2011)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 202
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 155

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.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 30

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.



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"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

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

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)
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The movie spins out of control, until it collapses in a heap, senseless.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (13)
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Snyder pulverises our senses with derivative digital images and obvious musical choices. But his failure to delineate the levels of 'reality' is confusing and self-defeating.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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This movie isn't bad in the way some incompetently made movies are bad; this is bad because there's much skill evident in a pointless endeavor.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (20)
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A series of extravagant computer-generated adventure scenarios linked by grim mental hospital plot, Sucker Punch represents a particularly ambitious exercise in tedium.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Sucker Punch is an example of what happens when creativity derails. It's a sensory overload of utter garbage on every level possible.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-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.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

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

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

While the visuals are quite impressive and go a long way towards helping the film, it's just not enough to recommend that you take the time to see "Sucker Punch."

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

An ambitious yet flawed effort, but one executed with undoubted style and verve.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

an optical feast

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Had Zack Snyder left no idea undeveloped, he might have had a better film, but underdevelopment appears to have been his motto.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

What a beautiful-looking mess.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (2)
The Standard

Just how was this staggeringly poor script given the green light?

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (10)
Digital Spy

It's ridiculous and often incoherent, but also oddly fun in the sheer overkill of pulp and fantasy imagery.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

The movie probably has more going on in it for less purpose than any film you can name.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Sadistic and shallow, exploitative and misogynistic, these are the descriptions that 'Sucker Punch' seems not to be so much offended by as revel in.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (6)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's layers upon layers upon layers of not story, but...what's the word? Oh right. Production design.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

It's close to what Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were after with their Grind House double-header, but shot through with Snyder's own psychotropic brio (which is something like the unholy union of David Lynch, Brian De Palma, and Ken Russell).

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Its multiple reality constructions are far more tingling than Inception's wannabe mind****.

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The film is a visual feast (and moves slow enough for you to look at it quite a bit), but the story is a straight-up dramatic famine.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A spectacular flop of fancy, mind-blowingly empty. Muddles along as if Nintendo fused Cabaret and A Streetcar Named Desire for people who play Call of Duty. Snyder's carved out a pointless new subgenre--call it video-game camp.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Sucker Punch

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.
May 17, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This is a film that nobody under 13 should watch, and I think It deserves an R rating rather than a PG-13.
December 21, 2013
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Michael Edwards

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A young girl who accidentally kills her sister in an attempt to save her from her evil stepfather is committed to a mental institution and within creates a fantasy world in which she is a heavily armed superhero. If Inception were made by Hugh Hefner instead of Christopher Nolan, you'd have got Sucker Punch. The combination of comic strip violence, computer generated visuals and the "Boss Fight" format is very reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim but the best way to describe this film is it's like someone downloaded a bunch of video game cut scenes from Wolfenstein and Devil May Cry and inter-cut them with Coyote Ugly. The big problem with Sucker Punch is that the scenes in between the set pieces that are set in the strip joint which are supposedly providing the narrative and characterisation are fatuous and dull and the layered aspect to the story just doesn't hang together. It's not quite as bad as the likes of Ultraviolet though and it's worth watching for the spectacular visuals, but it most certainly will not stand up to repeated viewing. I did prefer it to the idiotic 300, but that's probably just because I like girls...
August 16, 2013
xGary Xx

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    1. Wise Man: The fifth thing is a mystery. It is the reason; it is the goal. It will be a deep sacrifice and a perfect victory. Only you can find it. And if you do, it will set you free.
    – Submitted by Minty M (10 months ago)
    1. Babydoll: This was never my story. It's yours. Now, don't screw it up, okay?
    – Submitted by Andrew G (20 months ago)
    1. Babydoll: You'll never have me... EVER. [kicks Blue down]
    – Submitted by Andrew G (20 months ago)
    1. Sweet Pea: Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (24 months ago)
    1. Sweet Pea: And finally this question, the mystery of who's story it will be. Of who draws the curtain. Who is it that chooses our steps in the dance? Who drives us mad? Lashes us with whips and crowns us with victory when we survive the impossible? Who is it, that does all of these things?
    2. Sweet Pea: Who honors those we love for the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us, and at the same time sings that we will never die? Who teaches us what's real and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live and what we'll die to defend? Who chains us? And Who holds the key that can set us free... It's You. You have all the weapons you need. Now Fight!
    – Submitted by Samantha V (2 years ago)
    1. Sweet Pea: Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.
    – Submitted by Samantha V (2 years ago)
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