Sucker Punch Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2011
Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy.
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William Goss
Film.com
June 29, 2011
Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 11, 2011
The movie spins out of control, until it collapses in a heap, senseless.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2011
A series of extravagant computer-generated adventure scenarios linked by grim mental hospital plot, Sucker Punch represents a particularly ambitious exercise in tedium.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
March 25, 2011
Director Zack Snyder and his production crew clearly had great fun envisioning this swords-and-corsets fantasy. Few others are likely to approach their level of enjoyment.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 25, 2011
The suckers here are the poor mugs who leave their dollars at the door. And for what? A seedy, desaturated, overstimulated simulation of a real movie. Schlock treatment for comatose gamers, and a bomb with a bright pink cherry on top.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2011
The movie is like an arrested adolescent's Google search run amok.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 25, 2011
Map! Fire! Knife! Key! (Well, eat drink man woman to you too, honey.)
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 25, 2011
If the goal was sensory overload and audience stupefaction, he has succeeded indeed. Snyder apparently is offering lobotomies to all. Step right up.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 25, 2011
So thoroughly labored, and panders so relentlessly to adolescent attitudes and fantasies, and is so thoroughly and stridently humorless, that it kind of sucks out your soul while you're watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 25, 2011
For pure filmmaking - characters taking up half the foreground in close-up while events unfold behind them, action speeding up or stopping on command, a soundtrack of classic rock remixed or redone into droning trances - it's remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 25, 2011
A surprisingly joyless mash-up of every bit of fanboy flotsam floating around in its maker's cranium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 25, 2011
Looks aren't everything. Case in point: Sucker Punch, a dazzling visual design that goes tone-deaf every time it opens its dumb mouth or makes claims to profundity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 25, 2011
An indecipherable, hypocritical mess that proves you can fill a movie with scantily-clad women with big guns and it can still bore one to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 25, 2011
"Sucker Punch" is what happens when a studio gives carte blanche to a filmmaker who has absolutely nothing original or even coherent to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 25, 2011
Zombie soldiers, dragons, cyborgs, doesn't matter: Snyder is just a big boy with lots of toys. These, unfortunately, include his actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 24, 2011
My personal rule of film enjoyment goes a little like this: you can be miserable or pointless, but you can't be both. Sucker Punch works hard to be both.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 24, 2011
I can't be sure whether it's brilliant or idiotic, although I'm pretty confident it's both, and not always in different places or at different moments.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 24, 2011
You've never seen a movie like Sucker Punch. And depending on your entertainment preferences, you may not want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2011
In the end, Snyder confuses going ugly for getting serious, and he destroys his movie completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2011
Wild, loud, fetishistically stylized, and...numbingly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
March 24, 2011
Sucker Punch reviews itself with its title -- in fact, it does leave the viewer feeling sucker-punched.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 24, 2011
There is nothing here to enjoy, beyond the tiny satisfaction in noting that the movie lives up to its name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 24, 2011
[The] mash-up set pieces blend into so-awesome-they're-awful slo-mo monotony, and the awful sisterhood stuff in between makes you anticipate the action as though waiting for the bus.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 24, 2011
[A] cacophonous, half-digested mass of pop-culture influences.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 24, 2011
Zack Snyder's storytelling skills remain in question in his latest CGI spectacular.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 24, 2011
The movie is a head trip of the most awesome kind -- one I can't wait to take again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 24, 2011
It provides sporadic seconds of splendid eye candy separated by minutes of muddled exposition and flat acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 24, 2011
"Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared," is the movie's ad slogan. Indeed. You will be unprepared for a film packing this much confusing crud into a little less than two hours...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011
A wonderfully wild provocation - an imperfect, overlong, intemperate and utterly absorbing romp through the id that I wouldn't have missed for the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 24, 2011
Hands-down the most nightmarishly awful film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 24, 2011
Snyder has described it as "Alice In Wonderland with machine guns," but it's more like The Pussycat Dolls Present Steampunk Kill Bill, only more assaultive and pandering than that description suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 24, 2011
One feels for the talented actors swept into such hokum.