'Sucker Punch' Review Roundup and Trailer
Sucker Punch Reviews: Mixed at Best
Sucker Punch is a movie you want to like: a high-concept girl-power action movie with a big budget, big stars, and capable action director; and it's set in a mental institution. The reviews for Sucker Punch are mixed, though, tending towards the negative. Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Carla Gugino.
Andrew O'Hehir at Salon praises Zach Snyder (300) for bring an auteur sensibility to the big, dumb action movie. O'Hehir writes, "First and most obviously, "Sucker Punch" is on one level exactly what it looks like: an unzipped geek-boy fantasy about a posse of scantily clad hookers engaged in video-game style throwdowns with a villainous array of robots, monsters and dragons", and doesn't mean that as a bad thing.
Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York gave Sucker Punch a rather mixed review, using the infinitely quotable term "engorged magnum opus" to describe the full-on fetishized violence and mayhem, both in action and plotline.
Mark L. MillerCool without substance just sucks.
Peter Travers at Rolling Stone dismisses the film as a cop-out that fails as a story, relying instead on production design alone.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times compared Sucker Punch to Drive Angry 3D. Need I say more?
Whose Masturbatory Fantasy is Sucker Punch?
Annalee Newitz at io9 really came down hard on the film, going so far as to call Sucker Punch "a commentary on the death of moviemaking" and wonders aloud if this is Zach Synder's masturbatory fantasy. She decides that it's not, only because of the sheer un-kinkiness of it all, despite the promise of the production design. Hey, it's rated PG-13.
Fair enough: you can't watch the Sucker Punch trailer (which you will do via the video player below, make no mistake) and wonder the same thing, or at least wonder if Zach Snyder thinks that Sucker Punch would be your masturbatory fantasy.