Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

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You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? "Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham's most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya's paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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Critic Reviews for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

All Critics (348) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (272) | Rotten (76)

  • Under the film's hyper-formatted style and impersonal action, there's a pretty good movie straining to break out-which makes the waste of its creators' earnest exertions all the more dismaying.

    February 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Margot Robbie] herself is fantastic. The action choreography is pretty good... If I have a quibble: it has probably the worst needle drops of any movie in recent history.

    February 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Director Cathy Yan and producer/star [Margot] Robbie have brought something fresh, and uniquely feminist to DC's cinematic universe, creating a chaotic yet zesty comics-style spectacle that's exactly the killer escape at the movies it intends to be.

    February 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A bone-cracking visual feast, filled with screen-popping sets and costumes, enough hand-to-hand combat scenes to make Jason Statham seethe with envy, and a fantastic ensemble cast...

    February 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It offers a hundred different versions of Robbie gurning to camera - usually after bashing someone's head in with a baseball bat - and not a single moment to elevate the proceedings above a scrappy, screechy, second-rate cartoon hotchpotch.

    February 10, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

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  • "Birds of Prey" wants to fly high, powered by its own wild child, rule-breaking spirit. The truth is it never gets off the ground.

    February 10, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

  • 3d ago
    More fun than I anticipated. Yeah its kind of a mess but the movie embraces its full tilt weirdness in ways that are a little surprising.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2020
    Really solid world building. Gotham City felt like the Gotham of Batman: TAS. Terrific ensemble cast!
    Matthew G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2020
    Colorfully bizarre, vicious and well-acted by Margot Robbie herself, Birds of Prey solidifies the actress' case of making the "Cupid of Crime" her benchmark character similar to Reynolds, Jackman and others. While the film's storytelling goes wildly across the board, this DC-comic adaptation's playful action/violence and direction make for a "Fantabulous" showcase. 4.1/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2020
    Not really a Birds of Prey movie, not really a Suicide Squad sequel (see you in 2021), this is really more of a Harley Quinn solo spinoff that's fun, colorful, bonkers, edgy, and a smile-inducing delight... when Margot Robbie is onscreen as Harley. Robbie is a charming, hyperactive live wire that commands your attention, and giving her the reigns of the storytelling, quite literally in some Deadpool-esque meta storytelling tweaks, is the best decision the filmmakers make. I enjoyed the frivolity, visuals, and narrative trickery, but I noticed something whenever Harley took a powder off screen. None of the other supporting characters are that interesting. I don't know anything about Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Bosco), the plot device that everyone is after because of the prized diamond she swallowed. She's more attitude than person. There's also Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) who doesn't do much and has a super power she doesn't use until the end. Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) provides the police angle and references to cop movie cliches (a hat on a hat). Huntress (Mary Elizabeth-Winstead) is almost a self-parody as the young girl growing up to be an elite assassin to avenger her murdered family and the movie treats her like an also-ran. The only other person of interest is the villain, Roman Sionis a.k.a. Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), because the performance is campy while also being menacing. Birds of Prey suffers absent Robbie because its additional pieces cannot carry the movie on their own. The vacuum of charisma is too noticeable. The fight choreography is impressive and with plenty of longer takes to fully appreciate the cool moves. I enjoyed how every action sequence was different from the last and director Cathy Yan makes excellent use of her environments; a police lock-up is a fantastic place for an action scene with all the evidence/props to utilize. A romp inside a fun house also keeps things fresh even though the goons never bring guns to their big fight. Birds of Prey works very hard with quirk and narrative shuffling, and it feels like a decided attempt to dazzle as well as distract, because there's not much to this movie. It's style and personality over substance, and that's fine, but it does make the second half feel a bit like coming down from a sugar rush. I know there will be plenty that celebrate a group of strong women taking ownership of their own stories and fighting together against toxic men. I know there will be plenty of my friends that love this movie. For me, it was an enjoyable experience that made me realize just how much I enjoy Robbie as an actress, as this character, and when given extra room to roam with an R-rating. Birds of Prey is the kind of tasty junk food you just crave from the cinema every now and then, but without Robbie it's decidedly less flavorful. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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