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Sucker Punch

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


Sucker Punch is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    23%
  • Audience Score
    47%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    23%
    reviews counted: 0
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  • Audience

    47%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

After reading a handful of reviews in the morning I plopped down into my theater seat with about maybe a dozen other males. Yep the target audience via the trailers but I think after several viewings of this people may think twice about the ridiculously low scores, reviews, ratings they are giving this movie. So for two hours I was treated or tortured by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. First off it is Zack Snyder, If you have seen 300, Watchmen or Legend of the Guardians you know what I mean, cue the slo-mo. Also on the bad, if the idea was to take theater speakers and break them with a classic rock soundtrack on steroids, mission successful. At moments I have to admit I felt like I was watching a two hour music video. But I kept watching and while I was expecting a incoherent jumble of a plot I got well a incoherent jumble of apblot that was subtle and nuanced. The reviews you are going to read are going to say this was just a Maxim eye candy fest or some other nonsense about the women being dressed skimpy and that is that. That is not it. The movie is about them fighting for their survival. The plot I admit if one doesn)t pay attention is hard to grasp at times but I kept watching for the little bits of this or that, that brought the movie together for me. I feel many other viewers will be overblown by the movies over the top action. And it is indeed over the top action at its finest. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best ive seen in a long time. There is no doubt that Snyder can film action. The movie has a very stylized look to it just like 300 and Watchmen. You can tell this is a Snyder film. Many reviews will talk about the comic book feel the bad dialogue etc. For Snyder this is his first film based on his own material and it shows. The acting when they talk is not the best, but to me the actors seemed more like chess pieces being moved around the board to the end. I did not really need much talk. The movie did a good job of telling itself to me. Sitting here trying to put this into words, if 300 was about good looking men destroying the enemy, well Sucker Punch is all about good looking women laying it all on the line for their survival and kicking ass along the way.

- jmanard52, Friday, March 25, 2011

3 stars

After reading a handful of reviews in the morning I plopped down into my theater seat with about maybe a dozen other males. Yep the target audience via the trailers but I think after several viewings of this people may think twice about the ridiculously low scores, reviews, ratings they are giving this movie. So for two hours I was treated or tortured by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch. First off it is Zack Snyder, If you have seen 300, Watchmen or Legend of the Guardians you know what I mean, cue the slo-mo. Also on the bad, if the idea was to take theater speakers and break them with a classic rock soundtrack on steroids, mission successful. At moments I have to admit I felt like I was watching a two hour music video. But I kept watching and while I was expecting a incoherent jumble of a plot I got well a incoherent jumble of apblot that was subtle and nuanced. The reviews you are going to read are going to say this was just a Maxim eye candy fest or some other nonsense about the women being dressed skimpy and that is that. That is not it. The movie is about them fighting for their survival. The plot I admit if one doesn)t pay attention is hard to grasp at times but I kept watching for the little bits of this or that, that brought the movie together for me. I feel many other viewers will be overblown by the movies over the top action. And it is indeed over the top action at its finest. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best ive seen in a long time. There is no doubt that Snyder can film action. The movie has a very stylized look to it just like 300 and Watchmen. You can tell this is a Snyder film. Many reviews will talk about the comic book feel the bad dialogue etc. For Snyder this is his first film based on his own material and it shows. The acting when they talk is not the best, but to me the actors seemed more like chess pieces being moved around the board to the end. I did not really need much talk. The movie did a good job of telling itself to me. Sitting here trying to put this into words, if 300 was about good looking men destroying the enemy, well Sucker Punch is all about good looking women laying it all on the line for their survival and kicking ass along the way.

- jmanard52, Friday, March 25, 2011

3 stars

Director/writer Zack Snyder has created entertaining and visually spectacular ride with Sucker Punch. This is by far his most ambitious film to date and his best too. With outstanding action set-pieces and style Snyder proves that he is one of the best directors of action today. His compositions are breathtaking and his style completely one of a kind. Snyder has always been a interesting director in my books. His range goes from horror (Dawn of the Dead) to swords and sandals (300) and from there to animation with underrated Legend of Ga'Hoole and superhero adaptation in the form of Watchmen. Only Ga'hoole and Watchmen has showed some potential of his before, but Sucker Punch is something truly unique. Here Snyder has created a world of his own and what a world it is. He takes us with ride into the subconscious and boils one hell of a mindfuck actioner. Sure you could blame this being style over substance but Snyder is not even trying to make it anything else but a glorious looking entertainment and i gotta admit that he succeeds in his mission brilliantly. With glorious soundtrack by Marius De Vries & Tyler Bates and breathtaking cinematography by Larry Fong, this is just pure visual feast for eyes. Credit must give to superb fight choreography from Damon Caro and innovative production design by Rick Carter. So many of todays action films are without originality, but Sucker Punch creates something completely of it's own. I have never seen something like this. Zack Snyder has made one of the best action-films of the past years. Sucker Punch is quite a experience to sit through and i kinda like it a lot.

- emilkakko, Saturday, October 6, 2012