Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

critic Reviews

78% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score78%
  • With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Under the film's hyper-formatted style and impersonal action, there's a pretty good movie straining to break out-which makes the waste of its creators' earnest exertions all the more dismaying.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    [Margot Robbie] herself is fantastic. The action choreography is pretty good... If I have a quibble: it has probably the worst needle drops of any movie in recent history.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Lina LecaroL.A. Weekly
    Director Cathy Yan and producer/star [Margot] Robbie have brought something fresh, and uniquely feminist to DC's cinematic universe, creating a chaotic yet zesty comics-style spectacle that's exactly the killer escape at the movies it intends to be.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    A bone-cracking visual feast, filled with screen-popping sets and costumes, enough hand-to-hand combat scenes to make Jason Statham seethe with envy, and a fantastic ensemble cast...
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It offers a hundred different versions of Robbie gurning to camera - usually after bashing someone's head in with a baseball bat - and not a single moment to elevate the proceedings above a scrappy, screechy, second-rate cartoon hotchpotch.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "Birds of Prey" wants to fly high, powered by its own wild child, rule-breaking spirit. The truth is it never gets off the ground.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Eleanor Ringel CaterSaporta Report (Atlanta)
    It blows up our notions of what makes a female superhero picture. It's antic and sure-of-itself and fabulously frenetic.
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    Brooke DaughertyPop Culture Leftovers
    To quote Harley Quinn herself, "Behind every successful man is a badass broad." In Birds of Prey, we find out she's even more badass when she steps out of his shadow.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nick JohnstonVanyaland
    [Robbie's] work here is fantastic, and perhaps comes the closest to the auteur-emphasized goals that Warner Bros. laid out for the DC films after the DCEU's collapse. Hopefully the trend continues.
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    Bob ChipmanEscapist Magazine
    A raucous, deeply strange piece of punk-rock pop-art that's probably as close as anyone has come to making a Takeshi Miike or Sion Sono movie (or a Troma flick, for that matter) on a studio budget in years.
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