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Suicide Squad Reviews

August 3, 2017
Based on the screening I attended, I can attest that audiences seemed to genuinely enjoy the jokes and get swept up in the action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2016
This is what happens when the comic book fanboys have taken over the asylum. It is damaged goods from the get-go, the kind of film grown in a petri dish in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 8, 2016
To say that the movie loses the plot would not be strictly accurate, for that would imply that there was a plot to lose.
August 6, 2016
If I have not yet convinced you of the movie's astonishingly slipshod quality, I'm unlikely ever to do so.
August 5, 2016
Writer-director David Ayer doesn't have the right graphic technique for a comic-book-style jamboree -- he's strictly a noirish-pulp guy -- and the characters, all of whom are promisingly introduced, fizzle fast.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 5, 2016
Regrettably, the film's place-setting opening lays the scene for a different, more exciting film that never really unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2016
Sometimes it's good to be bad. In Suicide Squad's case, bad is just plain bad. It gives villainy a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 4, 2016
Suicide Squad amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment.
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August 4, 2016
It wants so desperately to be subversive and irreverent in the manner of Fight Club or, more likely, Deadpool. And yet the most shocking thing about it is how risk-averse it turns out to be.
Top Critic
August 4, 2016
The closest Suicide Squad comes to the masterworks of Christopher Nolan is that, like Memento, it suffers from instant amnesia.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 4, 2016
Whenever Robbie isn't dancing around, the movie feels as heavy and relentless as a Mack truck.
August 4, 2016
[A] strange embrace of a movie, which continues to tantalize even as it overstimulates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 4, 2016
Everything about "Suicide Squad" from the title on down promises overkill. And the movie, to its ultimate discredit, delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 4, 2016
"Suicide Squad" is an interminable muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 4, 2016
For all that exposition, the film never tells us what we really need to know: Why should we care?
August 4, 2016
It was supposed to show us that the folks at Warner Bros. still know how to make great comic book movies. Suicide Squad is not very successful at that.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 4, 2016
In aiming for - but falling short of appealing to - the teenage demographic, the film is a double cop-out, disappointing both fans of the source material's grown-up gloom-and-doom aesthetic and discerning adolescents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 4, 2016
Sure, it's terrible. But it's not even close to the worst movie of the summer or the year.
August 3, 2016
[A] bloated and cheerless monstrosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 3, 2016
Ayer tries to bring his trademark realism to the action sequences, but it gets lost in the realm of comic-book fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 3, 2016
It's massive, messy and noisy. And it stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 3, 2016
[It was up to Ayer] to revitalize...the DC franchise. He has done just that, with a singular vision, an unbridled passion and a creative vengeance that is so bold and so bad (in a colourfully good way) that it leaves viewers breathless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 3, 2016
"Suicide Squad" is a concept in search of a story worth telling.
August 3, 2016
If awards were handed out for the loudest movie of the year, Suicide Squad would be Schindler's List. But volume is not vision...while containing some entertaining performances, [it] turns out to be just another generic superhero action movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
August 3, 2016
Even credible efforts by Smith and especially Margot Robbie -- vamping it up as the apple of the Joker's eye, the sadistic Harley Quinn -- don't breathe life into the film frequently enough to give it much of a pulse.
August 3, 2016
The question isn't whether "Suicide Squad" is as good as "The Avengers," but whether it's as bad as "Green Lantern."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 3, 2016
Suicide Squad does have quite a few tremendously entertaining sequences of high action and low comedy. It's a shame it never rises beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2016
There isn't a moment of spontaneous fun or humor in this long, turgid movie, the latest letdown for DC Comics fans who've been waiting for someone to pick up the baton Christopher Nolan left behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 3, 2016
If it were a little better, it would demand a proper autopsy to figure out what the hell happened. (Ayer made Fury just two years ago!). As it is, it just isn't worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
August 3, 2016
Everyone started making a movie before they really knew what they were doing. You need adults in charge, and there are no adults in charge here. The result is, yet again, a total sh-tshow.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 3, 2016
If you know someone you really can't stand - not someone you dislike, not someone who rubs you the wrong way, but someone you really loathe and detest - send that person a ticket for "Suicide Squad."
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 3, 2016
"Suicide Squad" is a so-so, off-peak superhero movie. It chases after the nihilistic swagger of "Deadpool" and the anarchic whimsy of "Guardians of the Galaxy" but trips over its own feet.
August 2, 2016
It will be interesting to see where DC takes these characters after the semi-delightful mess that is "Suicide Squad." But, for now, just enjoy the sloppy and wild ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2016
The year's most muddled piece of storytelling.
August 2, 2016
Even the idea of nihilist camaraderie, which should come naturally with the Peckinpah-by-way-of-post-Crisis-DC premise, feels like a load of hooey; the characters are often too busy posing to exchange more than a few words at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 2, 2016
David Ayer's flash-and-dash directing style makes it a challenge to follow the story, not to mention a chore to process the onslaught of violence.
August 2, 2016
The weaker characters and generally weak plot keep it from being one of the better comic book movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2016
In a year overloaded with comic-book movies, "Suicide Squad" just seems like more of the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2016
On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it's just another high-attitude version of the same.
August 2, 2016
A gleefully nihilistic, abysmally messy romp that delights in upending the genre's conventions and tries desperately to, like, totally blow your mind with its outre freak show.
August 2, 2016
Who stole the soul of Suicide Squad? I'd say it's Ayer's willingness to go all limp-dick and compromise his hardcore action bona fides for a PG-13 crowdpleaser that would rather ingratiate than cut deep, or even cut at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 2, 2016
What a waste of a perfectly twisted Suicide Squad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2016
It's probably best to think of "Suicide Squad" as a primer, an entry into a side world of the DC Universe that may pay bigger benefits in later films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2016
So much happens in David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad that by the end, it's as if you've seen nothing.
August 2, 2016
Harley Quinn is an embodiment of all the conflicting things this frankly disastrous new movie, choppily written and directed David Ayer, is attempting to do.
August 2, 2016
The characters are the ultimate in "squad goals," but they're far more fun than the actual story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2016
Compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2016
It's not satisfying storytelling; the flashbacks roll in and out, explaining either too much or too little, and the action may be violent but it's not interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 2, 2016
Suicide Squad is the rare superhero movie in which I actually found myself wondering about the characters' inner lives.
August 2, 2016
For DC, which blew it with Batman v Superman last spring, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 2, 2016
Sorry, as far as movies about superhero supergroups go? The Guardians, and the Avengers, still have these jokers beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2016
A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn't know what to do with them.
August 2, 2016
A twisted B-side to some of the slicker comic book movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2016
Can barely get all of these characters onto a billboard, much less a movie.
August 2, 2016
Just when you think the summer movie season can't get any worse, along come the 'Worst. Heroes. Ever.'
Full Review | Original Score: D+