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

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February 16, 2020
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 15, 2020
[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 10, 2020
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
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
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
"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 8, 2020
You don't have to choose between Scorsese and superheroes. Let go of the guilt. Feel free to embrace these lesser spotted birds.
February 8, 2020
Come for the ass kicking, stay for the takedown of rape culture.
February 7, 2020
I know it's pointless to review the film they didn't make. But underneath this clangy, pounding, speedy, thin, energetic confetti-shower of a movie is a collection of missed opportunities begging to be noticed.
February 7, 2020
The title might trumpet Harley Quinn's emancipation, but she again feels like a character trapped in a movie that's mediocre at best.
February 7, 2020
Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn epic is not as gargantuanly godawful as Suicde Squad, but slapping the topical theme of female empowerment on a story that trucks in business-as-usual blood-and-guts does not qualify as a game-changer.
February 7, 2020
An unholy and sadistic mess.
February 6, 2020
Much of this R-rated movie is chaotic, yet it's a richly hued, madly inventive, gleefully violent and happily slapdash contraption with a formidable female at its center.
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February 6, 2020
For a movie that touts its protagonist's emancipation, Birds of Prey still feels very much in chains.
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February 6, 2020
Birds of Prey may be a manic circus, but it proves to be the best kind of circus - one without a clown.
February 6, 2020
Birds of Prey is a glorious, hyperkinetic mess and, although it never quite takes flight, it at least holds the attention.
February 6, 2020
While I wished Robbie's performance might have had a teensy bit more abandon - her Harley is perpetually putting on a show, but felt perhaps too controlled - she carries the movie with careless aplomb.
February 6, 2020
Pig-tailed and pitiless Harley was the best part of "Suicide Squad" (which I liked, by the way), and this is her coming-out party, replete with exploding glitter bullets.
February 6, 2020
As portrayed by the effortlessly charismatic Margot Robbie, Harley's always gonna be the most interesting person in the room - or on the screen. Grab your popcorn, indeed.
February 6, 2020
The mood of antic, playful obnoxiousness feels forced rather than liberated, the result of careful note-taking during repeated viewings of "Deadpool."
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