The Suicide Squad reviews appear to be scathing across the board, and critics seem to agree that the movie is a mess. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation site, even gave it such a low score (currently 29 percent) that DC Comics fans are petitioning to have it shut down.
This isn’t the first time critics have been so hated, not even this year. Earlier, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to be the big breakthrough that launched the DC cinematic universe into equal status with Marvel’s. Oddly, reviews for that film defied its box office for the initial time period, which was likely fans attempting to prove the critics wrong.
Suicide Squad reviews also bring to mind a certain film that the popular opinion claims should never have been made. Transformers: Age of Extinction was littered with horrible reviews, yet thanks to Chinese audiences, it broke box-office records. What the critics think isn’t always going to indicate a movie’s success or failure, hence Transformers 5 is already being planned, as well as two more sequels.
— Lifehacker (@lifehacker) August 4, 2016
This fact goes as far back as the 70s when audiences didn’t seem as picky about what went into their movies. We simply sat back, and as long as it didn’t insult our intelligence, we enjoyed it and saw it over and over. The 80s and 90s action era was a great example of this, with over-the-top scenes outweighing critics who became increasingly jaded toward the whole concept.
— Variety (@Variety) August 4, 2016
These days, it seems nearly impossible to please the critics with an action film, and that’s after Mad Max: Fury Road won several Oscars.
— Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd) August 4, 2016
Sylvester Stallone even tried to resurrect the feeling of that era with The Expendables, but after two sequels, it seems audiences have had enough.
It’s important to remember that critics are paid to see movies they probably won’t like, and the Suicide Squad reviews might not reflect what the average moviegoer thinks of the film. In fact, the petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes appears to be evidence of the public just wishing the critics would stop being so harsh, especially with DC Comics films. The Margot Robbie and Will Smith movie (after Focus, anyway) actually ranked below films such as The Secret Life of Pets and Ghostbusters.
Both of those films were considered misleading and unnecessary, and Suicide Squad review scores actually claim the film was worse than both of them. Of course, Ghostbusters was also boasted a heavily feminist fan base, which may have had something to do with the public’s opinion. James Rolfe of Cinemassacre was actually called a misogynist for refusing to review it.
Suicide Squad might actually still be very enjoyable despite what the critics are saying about it. Money talks, and if you want to see it, go ahead. If you like it enough, you might consider seeing it a few times and show Hollywood what you really think. You don’t have to give in to what the critics think. You can form your own opinion.
Critics seemed to love Deadpool at the beginning of this year, as well as Captain America: Civil War, and already armchair critics are calling this the most disappointing year for action movies to date. You might want to ask yourself one question after reading the Suicide Squad reviews: Are you making your decision based on others’ opinions, or your own?
Don’t let the Suicide Squad reviews stop you from potentially enjoying another movie.
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