“Begin Your Journey. It Will Set You Free.”
“Rather Sad Story”
“You Have All The Weapons You Need, Now Fight!!”
“Snyder Fills The Screen With Various Other Images That, While Being Visually Spectacular, Really Serve No Purpose In Telling The Film's Chaotic And Incoherent Storyline.”
“Similar To Inception In Concept, This Film Is Ingenious.”
“ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW COMPETITION 3”
“THIS FILM WASN'T TERRIBLE, JUST NEEDED A LONGER STORYLINE.”
“Take The Punch Out Of "Sucker-Punch" And U Get U Just Get Sucker Because This Damn Movie Made Feel Like A Huge Sucker”
“THIS MOVIE WAS JUST LIKE A DREAM”
“Great Visuals, Thats About It.”
“Is Zack Snyder The New M. Night Shyamalan?”
“Amazingly Flashy Fantasy Action, With A Confusing But Deceptively Simple Storyline”
“TheStonedReviewer Asked Me, Why Is It Called SuckerPunch? My Answer Is, Through The Duration Of This Film You Want Want To Give Zack Snyder A FUCKING SUCKERPUNCH!”
“Sucker Punch Is A Real Hit-and-miss When It Comes To Be Something Epic, But It Can Be Somewhat Entertaining Is A Very Messy Fashion.”
“A European Premiere Review: Visual Artistry Of CGI Extravagance....But Your Unprepared For The Script”
“I Was Not Prepared...for The Awesomeness!”
“... Understandably, This Eye-raping Affair Of Crazy-ass Visuals Strives For Deep-seated Themes And Messages, But It All Falls Flat Under The Weight Of Head-shaking Stupidity...”
“Its Like If Fight Club, The Shawshank Redemption And The Matrix All Had A Baby Together”
“If You're Into Hot Chicks Kicking Ass, This Is The Movie For You.”
“Your CGi Blew Me Away, But Your Script Sort Of Bored Me”
“Two Movies That Should Have Been Kept Separate”
“I Know You Disagree On My Rating, But I Just Love A Stylized Zack Snyder Film. 'Sucker Punch' Is An Epic Crossover Of 'Charlie's Angeles' And 'Inception'!”
“More Like A Rope-a-Dope”
“Supreme Entertainment Of The Sloppiest Kind.”
“Critics Don't Get It.....”
“Visually Stunning, Lacking In Story”
“Zach Snyder Has Attended The Michael Bay School Of Filmmaking And Graduated The Top Of The Class.”
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
The baleful influence of David Lynch, kung-fu pictures and Shutter Island lie behind its rancid lucubrations.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
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
An unerotic unthrilling erotic thriller in the video game mold, "Sucker Punch" is "Last Airbender" with bustiers.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
Wait, they're letting this guy remake "Superman"?
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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
The movie probably has more going on in it for less purpose than any film you can name.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
It's ridiculous and often incoherent, but also oddly fun in the sheer overkill of pulp and fantasy imagery.
Sean Axmaker - Parallax View
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
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
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
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)
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)
Thanks for nothing Zack Snyder.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Consider yourself punched, sucker.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
This artless and soulless film is one of the most depressing things made in the past decade.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
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
A typically overblown Zack Snyder effort...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
(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
A visually arresting, occasionally funny ride.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
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
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
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
Sucker Punch an empty visual exercise.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
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)
Manages to be ugly, stupid, offensive, depressing, sexist and boring in equal measures.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
A work of singular awfulness...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
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
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
... as dull as watching somebody else play an incoherent video game ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
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
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
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
Adrenalin-rush junkies should love this movie. As a stylized lobotomy, the mind-bending Sucker Punch packs a wallop.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
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
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
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
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
The lights are on, but nobody's home.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
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
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
This is a pretty awful botch-up, meaning far less than it seems to think.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A great movie if you are a psychotic fan of Emily Browning's bellybutton.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
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
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]
Manages to be simultaneously incoherent, woefully misguided and downright insulting.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Have we already found the worst film of the year?
Emma Simmonds - Little White Lies
Snyder employs the arresting visuals of his earlier films, but at the expense of a coherent narrative...
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
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
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
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
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