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Sucker Punch Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Don't be suckered. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Too big for its own bedazzled britches. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The music screeches, the actors vamp, the knives and weapons and bombs and fireballs fly around the screen. Meanwhile, the well-prepared moviegoer slips into her or his own private fantasy of a world in which movie effects are themselves locked away in an institution for the criminally insane until such time as those effects are really, truly necessary for the story.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Certain to create a gaping divide between generational and aesthetic camps, Sucker Punch is a largely grim and unpleasant display of technical wizardry wrapped around a story that purports to be inspirational.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    You've never seen a movie like Sucker Punch. And depending on your entertainment preferences, you may not want to.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Impressive effects, but mixed messages about women.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-like fantasy from the director of 300 has disturbing scenes that show men taking advantage of women ... whose sole purpose is to entertain the men. The main female characters are clad in skimpy clothing for much of the movie, too, which seems hypocritical, given that the film is about how a band of oppressed girls take back their power -- the movie ends up reinforcing some of the stereotypes it's theoretically out to bust. Though the fight scenes are often cartoonish in nature, they’re unrelenting and brutal, including shoot-outs, swordfights, stabbings, beheadings, and the threat of sexual assault. There's some swearing ("s--t"), too.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays women. Do you think it reinforces stereotypes or undermines them? Who are the most powerful characters in the movie?
  • How do details like the characters' costumes and names affect how you feel about them? Which characters in the movie can be seen as role models?
  • What impact does the movie's violence have? Would it be different if it was more realistic instead of cartoonish? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: While the movie is about how a band of oppressed girls takes back their power, the film undermines that theme somewhat by having them clad in skimpy, provocative attire -- it reinforces some stereotypes about women while purporting to challenge them. Still, ultimately the movie is saying that you control your life, and you have the power to slay your demons so you can finally be free of them and free to be who you want to be.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Although the way they're presented does buy into some stereotyping about women (babes with guns, sexy schoolgirls, etc.), for the most part, the main female characters support each other in an oppressive, male-dominated world (though one does snitch). Some act in selfless ways that help others. On the other hand, except for one, the male characters sexualize and abuse the girls.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Lots of cartoonish, exaggerated violence: Men hit women, women hit men, and there are shoot-outs, swordfights, hand-to-hand fights, stabbings, slicings, beheadings, and a lobotomy. A few scenes show men sexually assaulting women or threatening to do so.

  • sex false2

    Sex: One forced kiss. The women are basically prostitutes, and they discuss their work. They often wear skimpy clothing.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional use of “s--t,” “bulls--t,” "hell," "damn," "ass," “goddamn,” and “bitch.”

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man smokes cigars. A background character drinks wine.