Zach Snyder has attended the Michael Bay school of filmmaking and graduated the top of the class.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Wild, loud, fetishistically stylized, and...numbingly dull.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
There is nothing here to enjoy, beyond the tiny satisfaction in noting that the movie lives up to its name.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
You've never seen a movie like Sucker Punch. And depending on your entertainment preferences, you may not want to.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
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.
Mark Jenkins - Washington Post
A surprisingly joyless mash-up of every bit of fanboy flotsam floating around in its maker's cranium.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
[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.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Zombie soldiers, dragons, cyborgs, doesn't matter: Snyder is just a big boy with lots of toys. These, unfortunately, include his actresses.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Sucker Punch reviews itself with its title -- in fact, it does leave the viewer feeling sucker-punched.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
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.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The movie spins out of control, until it collapses in a heap, senseless.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
"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...
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Gun-toting hotties combat assorted villains and their robot henchmen in this tawdry, repellent action fantasy.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Hands-down the most nightmarishly awful film of the year.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
If the goal was sensory overload and audience stupefaction, he has succeeded indeed. Snyder apparently is offering lobotomies to all. Step right up.
Tom Long - Detroit News
[A] cacophonous, half-digested mass of pop-culture influences.
Peter Debruge - Variety
"Sucker Punch" is what happens when a studio gives carte blanche to a filmmaker who has absolutely nothing original or even coherent to say.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It provides sporadic seconds of splendid eye candy separated by minutes of muddled exposition and flat acting.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Snyder likes to think that his Russian nesting doll of a concept is enough to excuse its hollow center.
William Goss - Film.com
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.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
A series of extravagant computer-generated adventure scenarios linked by grim mental hospital plot, Sucker Punch represents a particularly ambitious exercise in tedium.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Zack Snyder's storytelling skills remain in question in his latest CGI spectacular.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
One feels for the talented actors swept into such hokum.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
The movie is like an arrested adolescent's Google search run amok.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
A wonderfully wild provocation - an imperfect, overlong, intemperate and utterly absorbing romp through the id that I wouldn't have missed for the world.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Sucker Punch is an example of what happens when creativity derails. It's a sensory overload of utter garbage on every level possible.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Wait, they're letting this guy remake "Superman"?
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.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
If it wasn't executed with such panache it would probably qualify as one of the dumbest movies of 2011.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
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."
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
An ambitious yet flawed effort, but one executed with undoubted style and verve.
Rob Power - SFX Magazine
an optical feast
James Luxford - The National
Had Zack Snyder left no idea undeveloped, he might have had a better film, but underdevelopment appears to have been his motto.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
What a beautiful-looking mess.
Matt Neal - The Standard
- National Post
Just how was this staggeringly poor script given the green light?
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It's ridiculous and often incoherent, but also oddly fun in the sheer overkill of pulp and fantasy imagery.
Sean Axmaker - Parallax View
The movie probably has more going on in it for less purpose than any film you can name.
John J. Puccio - 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.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It's layers upon layers upon layers of not story, but...what's the word? Oh right. Production design.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
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).
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
Its multiple reality constructions are far more tingling than Inception's wannabe mind****.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
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.
Mark Bell - 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.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The story's true "sucker punch" is the way it lures its audience in with the promise of simple eye candy but then hits you in the guts with something deeper and more complex.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Yep. That's exactly what audiences will feel after they've plopped down their hard-earned dollars for this mess of a movie.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Heaven help us if we're ever supposed to feel guilty about watching hot chicks kick ass with guns ablazin', especially if the spectacle involves fire-breathing dragons.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Consider yourself punched, sucker.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Thanks for nothing Zack Snyder.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
The concept is intriguing but the execution is fatiguing: The CG action set pieces are so weightlessly unreal and devoid of suspense, they're boring.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
This artless and soulless film is one of the most depressing things made in the past decade.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
A typically overblown Zack Snyder effort...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Sucker Punch is what you'd get if you mixed Mulholland Drive, Showgirls and Tomb Raider and then turned it into a music video.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
(Snyder's) heroines declare, 'Dress us to satisfy your fetishistic whims - baby doll, sailor, geisha, stripper - but in doing so you free our fantasy world, too, in all its potency.'
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Sucker Punch an empty visual exercise.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
It will be played as a double feature with Richard Kelly's Southland Tales for years to come, with audience members chirpily reciting the campy, cheesy, oddball lines of dialogue, and whooping in glee at its reckless abandon.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A visually arresting, occasionally funny ride.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
To the degree that Baby Doll and her pals are forced into becoming fetish objects, Sucker Punch contains its own critique -- though Joss Whedon's fascinating TV series Dollhouse explored similar themes with far more wit and skill.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
There is so much front to this that traditional depths of character development and motivation are sidelined, but this is intentional, allowing the audience to immerse in the layers of dreams and later piece together what actually happened.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
An often boring, frequently confusing and always stupid mish-mash of cliches and CGI excess and all in Snyder's trademark exacerbating slow motion.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Manages to be ugly, stupid, offensive, depressing, sexist and boring in equal measures.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
Unfortunately, however, the film mainly shows that if you give a filmmaker the world, he often won't have the necessary skills to navigate it.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
There's no recent example of an action/adventure/thriller that came along noisily trumpeting its shiny features any louder than this one is doing with so little to show for it.
Dave White - Movies.com
A work of singular awfulness...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The baleful influence of David Lynch, kung-fu pictures and Shutter Island lie behind its rancid lucubrations.
... as dull as watching somebody else play an incoherent video game ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Tacking on a bunch of pretentious voice-over nonsense about angels and self-realization doesn't get Snyder off the hook for a movie that doesn't realize how wrongheaded, humorless and offensive it really is.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
We get the feeling that Snyder has made all the music videos he has ever wanted to and edited them end to end to put them into this film
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Unnerving dark themes meshed with kick-ass fantasy are couched in stunning visuals and a hell-on-wheels music soundtrack in this thrilling no holds barred action mash-up from director Zach Snyder
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Imaginary girl posse empowerment, or male fantasy sexualized violence? Entailing female fighter fashion statement armor comprising stilettos, fishnet, overflowing bosomy bustiers and big hair.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Radio
Adrenalin-rush junkies should love this movie. As a stylized lobotomy, the mind-bending Sucker Punch packs a wallop.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
I don't doubt that Mr Snyder is possessed of an imagination; it's just that what he imagines is hackneyed, meretricious and boring.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
This is a pretty awful botch-up, meaning far less than it seems to think.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Snyder and co-writer Steve Shibuya present fire-breathing dragons, samurais and zombie soldiers, but they also starve our brains with a flimsy, nonsensical tale of reality versus fantasy.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Snyder's film is a warped mash-up of different genres - Gothic nightmare, psycho horror, steam-punk, Japanese manga, video game. File, though, under Guilty Pleasure.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A great movie if you are a psychotic fan of Emily Browning's bellybutton.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
It wouldn't be quite accurate to call Sucker Punch the ultimate fan-boy film, but it's a designation that nevertheless offers a near-perfect fit.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Sucker Punch is superficial and erotic visual stimulation, much like the kind of experience some might have when they immerse themselves in a video game to do battle with the enemy.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
A creatively bankrupt succession of fetishy bromides -- steampunk, Asimov, medieval times, and (personal fave!) a woman in a sailor suit, sucking on a lollipop and calling it feminism 'cause she carries a gun, too.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The lights are on, but nobody's home.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It plays like a never-ending nonsensical pop video.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It seems to have been made for 15-year-old boys by a sad middle-aged man whose only experience of life is from violent comics, shoot-'em-up video games and online pornography.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The director of 300 and Watchmen has plenty of visual panache, but when it comes to storytelling, he's a bombastic hack.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
A comic book cabaret that not even a 30 year old fanboy, living in his mother's basement, could love.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Have we already found the worst film of the year?
Emma Simmonds - Little White Lies
If you thought Zack Snyder's previous films, among them 300 and Watchmen, were over the top - cliche-embracing, muscle-bound pseudo-triumphs of digital effects over storytelling - they have nothing on Sucker Punch.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Perhaps the female slant of the fantasy stew is what pushed me over the genre edge to appreciate this overwrought, yet controlled, CGI madhouse.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
There are so many layers of fantasy in this eye-catching film that we never see any real humanity.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Manages to be simultaneously incoherent, woefully misguided and downright insulting.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Snyder employs the arresting visuals of his earlier films, but at the expense of a coherent narrative...
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
It's kinda like a poor-man's Inception, with much more cleavage and plot holes.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Once again, [Snyder's] storytelling skills leave a lot to be desired with the script for this ''fantasy epic'' reeling between cliche and gibberish.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It's hard to imagine anyone other than Snyder himself being completely entertained by a stunningly personal film that ends up seeming like a laundry list of fanboyish obsessions and fetishes.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Sucker Punch is a movie overpowered by imagination, practically daring viewers to bail out of theaters at every turn. A few Friday matinee patrons did just that, and I haven't felt so envious of anyone in a long time.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's like an art-house jumble sale filtered through the sensibility of an adolescent video game junkie with a taste for lingerie catalogs.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Proves that while masturbating over your cast may not make you blind, it can impair directorial vision.
Catherine Bray - Film4
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.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
It's a lip-smacking piece of action burlesque, pulling one surprise after another from its splendidly filled fishnets. Like any good sucker punch, you don't see it coming.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
The hypocrisy of Sucker Punch is that it portends to supplant traditional objectified-female eroticism with violence, but all it does is turn said violence into another form of fetishized display for its largely male audience
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
One of the most messed up, confusing movies I have ever struggled through.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Every character is a throwaway part in this story. Since there isn't any substantial attempt the lay the groundwork for emotional investment in any of these characters, it is a pretty empty film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... Snyder's effort to be creative works against his narrative and distracts from his female empowerment storyline to become the very thing the story claims that it isn't...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Imagine the mind of a guy who has spent a good 20 years reading manga & watching anime & fantasy & sci-fi...and imagine that guy's id. That's pretty much what the film is.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Filmmaker Zack Snyder fails to give the narrative the grounded coherence required of a work that indulges in dreamscapes and complex imagined worlds.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Zack Snyder only forgot two things -- make us care, and slightly explain yourself.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Snyder's accomplishment is to drain that of any erotic heat; he generated a lot more with the glistening-with-sweat abs in 300 than he manages here.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
Surely it's not the worst movie of 2011, but it's definitely not the slam dunk for Zack Snyder that he'd originally promised.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
It's not often you see a film that makes you think, 'I wish I was watching Yogi Bear again.'
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Bar some decent choreography and effects in the trenches sequence, the fantasies are tedious and overall it's overblown and shallow.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
How can we take action cinema, or babes-with-guns flicks, remotely seriously (if we ever could) after Sucker Punch? Snyder has created a monument to entertainment that he loves but, presumably, hates himself for loving.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Ambitious and visually impressive as a pop-video mash-up, but, lacking a strong emotional core, it doesn't quite cohere as a fully satisfying movie.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Sucker Punch is Snyder's first original screenplay, and though it confirms he's among the most exciting action directors working today, it also reveals that storytelling isn't his strong suit.
- Total Film
You know how they say that movies are based on a comic book or based on a video game or whatever. This one aint even based on a story like theres not even a story in the movie its based on nothin...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Hardcore eroticism. The only word that came to my mind watching the dazzling CGI Sucker Punch was misandry (the hatred of men or boys) - by the writers!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
...this tricked up female empowerment tale undercuts itself with its fetishized slutty schoolgirls and its repetitious steampunk anime aesthetic.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Looks a lot like either a very stupid person has tried to make a very clever film, or a very clever person has tried to make a very stupid one.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Eye candy is all very well as far as it goes, but it can't sustain a movie on its own.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
So bad that when the film's friendly lobotomist shows up to do his thing, I almost found myself standing up in my seat and shouting "I'll have what she's having!"
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
I hope Snyder had fun, because it might be a few decades before he gets another shot.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
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.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
The problem is when everything is awesome, nothing is.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
While visually stylish and entertaining, Sucker Punch isn't quite the watershed moment fans of tough broads wielding fists of fury hoped for; instead it might be the priciest bit of softcore porn for otaku and gamers ever produced.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
What an abysmal, pointless film. Its ability to collect gorgeous actresses is its one and only defensible quality.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Like watching someone channel-surf through five video game boss battles at the same time.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Ask yourself: Should Alice in Wonderland have had steampunk Nazi zombies and leather chaps? Would One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have been better if Nurse Ratched was Polish and played by Cher (specifically the Cher from Burlesque)?
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
A series of self-consciously "awesome" moments that don't add up to anything.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
This almost laughable mock-adventure should give Warner Bros at least one good weekend before receipts take a nosedive and audiences discover they are the ones being sucker-punched.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
For a film that sets out to show the power of women, it too often reinforces stereotypes instead of breaking free of them.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A declamatory, utterly soulless piece of recombinant entertainment, Zack Snyder's female-revenge fantasy is a miasma of glossy superficiality most characterized by a gaping emotional void where any sense of engagement or rooting interest should be.
Brent Simon - Screen International
A sucker punch is a cheap distraction for someone to gain the edge to knock the opponent senseless. That sums this up: What looks good initially will ultimately leave you flat.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
If you like scantily clad women kicking booty in slow motion, this is the movie for you. Not much else is going on.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A picture that makes passionate love to your eyeballs while leaving your heart untouched.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
How could a movie with giant samurai, interplanetary robots, undead WWI soldiers, dragons and 5 half-naked beauties be bad? Well, funny you asked.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Map! Fire! Knife! Key! (Well, eat drink man woman to you too, honey.)
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Parece apostar na forca de suas imagens em detrimento da historia, dos temas ou mesmo do puro entretenimento, criando um longa indiscutivelmente belo, mas inegavelmente vazio.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The best way for Babydoll et al. to exact revenge on these sadists is by blowing up a bunch of robots while running around half-naked? Was Betty Friedan a script consultant?
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Let me put it this way: having seen Sucker Punch once, I'd rather watch Bitch Slap 10 times in a row.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Director Zach Snyder recreated the look and feel of ancient Thermopylae, as pictured by visionary artist/writer Frank Miller, in 300 without ever leaving a soundstage, using...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
'Sucker Punch' is a film filled with emptiness and a hodgepodge of other films, it's like watching an unofficial sequel to 'Showgirls' with some 'Kill Bill' and 'Battle LA' thrown into the mix. Avoid at all costs.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
An epic action fantasy with scantily-clothed young women as warriors bringing mayhem to zombies and dragons.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Pretentious, tedious, dumb, pointless and, worst of all, boring. Avoid it like the plague, and go watch Kill Bill or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again instead.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Impressive effects, but mixed messages about women.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Oh, what an endless, punishing, unholy mess this film is. I would have preferred a foreign language without subtitles to the dialogue in "Sucker Punch."
James Verniere - Boston Herald
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's bloody but without menstrual awareness; just as its musical pretext neglects to express genuine feminine trauma or yearning.
Armond White - New York Press
Sucker Punch rocks and rolls at blitzkrieg speed. It's what passes for plot that brings writer/director Zack Snyder's express to a screeching halt. This one barely passes.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
An inadvertent piece of drooling misogyny cloaked in Xbox trappings.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
This isn't the imagination of a young girl; it's the fantasy of a 14-year-old boy steeped in kung fu, Call of Duty and online porn.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Dour and pretentious to the point of pain.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Like a spastic wet dream, Snyder regurgitates fanboy fetishes to illustrate Baby Doll's reveries - without wit, innovation or subtext.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
For about an hour, Sucker Punch nearly made me a convert.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch should send shivers down the spines of Superman fans.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
This is a movie with the logic of a video game, with all that implies.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Full of noise and scantily clad women, "Sucker Punch" is the film equivalent of the breath mint known as Certs. That's right, it's three...three...three films in one. Or better put, it's "300" meets "Moulin Rouge" on "Shutter Island."
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
[Zack Snyder] lacks the ability to create believable characters or elicit good performances from his ensemble cast. It is not because of the very attractive young cast, though, but because of the lackluster characters they are given.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The movie adopts an imaginary-world-inside-an-imaginary-world framework that will have audiences instantly recollecting Inception's dream-within-a-dream. Now all we need is for Leonardo DiCaprio to infiltrate Snyder's dream world and plant a better movie.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
It becomes repetitive when we know nothing about any of the women and when the battles drag on well after they've made their meager points.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"300" director Zack Snyder may be an expert in fetishistic CGI cartoon violence, but "Sucker Punch" proves that style never trumps story.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
In theory, the resulting elixir should satisfy the fantasies of most heterosexual teenage boys and many men. In practice, however, this noxious concoction can barely be gagged down.
Stanley A. Miller II - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...kitsch slathered on top of kitsch, overindulgent in ways that makes the design of 'Burlesque' look positively tasteful.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
I think Zack Snyder just thought of the craziest things he wanted to see in a movie, so he did it. That's what artists should do. Now it turns out to be some metaphorical fantasy and that's cool too.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
More like an adolescent fanboy's wet dream come to life than a film.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Long on eye-catching images but lacking much in the way of plot, characterizations or a sense of humor, Sucker Punch initially intrigues only to settle into noisy tedium.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
It may be a case of style over substance, but what a brilliant bit of technique it truly is.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
With all of his green-screen, CGI, treated-image technology, all Snyder does here is transport the audience into the middle of a pretty lame video game.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Its awkwardly embedded message of female empowerment fails to overcome the fact that it is ultimately a big, dumb, loud genre mashup coming soon to a "man cave" near you.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
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.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Like his porcelain heroine, anyone who willingly spends $13 for a ticket to this smut is willfully lobotomizing themselves.
Leslie Stonebraker - New York Press
I think Snyder the writer may have let down Snyder the director in ways that make the film a grand fascinating almost, a near-miss, an ambitious just-this-close.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It's so bad that the Director's Guild should revoke Snyder's membership and he should never be allowed to direct again.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The action in the film is thrilling and next level, the design of the world is incredible and gorgeous and the themes are deep, dark and haunting; an incredibly flawed piece of ambitious art that dazzles and excites.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Yeah, it feels like a video game. Unfortunately, the video game it feels like is Pong.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It all amounts to an epic "so what?," and doesn't make the viewer feel much of anything except bewildered by its single-minded devotion to be the "coolest" movie ever.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
An aggressively empty exercise in excess.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Snyder's made something authentically confused and moderately offensive, apparently eager to place this dodgy film at the feet of young girls in search of heroes -- his own glossy brand of marketable rebellion.
Brian Orndorf - Sci-Fi Movie Page
As it stands now, the film's idea of treatment is telling rape victims in the moment to go to their happy place and all will be fine. If nothing else, Sucker Punch brings a whole new perspective to what is actually going on inside the head of lapdancers.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A confounding, divisive dudestravaganza ... A backstage musical where the stage is a battlefield and the amps are cranked to 11.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Fundamentally misconceived, devoting the bulk of its screen time to some of the hollowest spectacle in movie history.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A sensibility that blends comic books and video games - then invests it with an operatic grandeur and a seriousness that gives it surprising emotional weight.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A meretricious, nonsensical, CGI-heavy fiasco, tedious enough to become a chore and so empty it's likely to weave a glaze over most audiences' eyes.
Director Zach Snyder offers a peek inside his head, which turns out to be a vomatorium of pop culture's every geeky element.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Sucker Punch is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on acid, a glorious disaster, a mind-bogglingly messy, perversely gorgeous piece of hyperstylized filmmaking that chills the blood one moment and thrills it the next.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Under the helm of the visually gifted Zack Snyder, the messy movie is both ideologically and thematically incoherent, uncertain of the right tone and rhythm.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
If you had to explain Sucker Punch to someone-and I'd wish you luck in doing so-you might say it's sort of like Charlie's Angels, but with Nazi zombies, airplane-eating dragons, and whole cities in flame.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
In the end, Snyder confuses going ugly for getting serious, and he destroys his movie completely.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Sseems to be trying for the most expensive art film ever, but the story -- about girls in a mental institution who detach from reality -- often sidetracks in favor of cool visuals that don't necessarily make sense.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Who is that sucker punch aimed at? It might be us. But so what? I'm glad I didn't duck it.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Sucker Punch is not one of the worst movies of the year, it's three of the worst slapped together on a single reel.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
All that's missing is the excitement.
Elvis Mitchell - Movieline
a movie that doesn't need an audience--just a box of tissues and some lotion. That anxiety you get is the dawning realization that the movie kind of wants to be by itself.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
where Snyder failed was in using too much to do too little, even though he had the right balance between the two in his grasp the whole time.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
The movie is a head trip of the most awesome kind -- one I can't wait to take again.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's a film made with serious purpose and serious skill but so utterly, irredeemably geeked out on itself that you simply cannot take it seriously - not if you want to get the most out of it.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian