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
    James KendrickQ Network Film Desk
    starts off with great gusto and energy, literally willing us to get onboard with its maniacal take comic book antiheroism before becoming something decidedly more conventional-and even a bit sentimental
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    Brian GillMad About Movies Podcast
    An extremely rough, clunky script hinders what should have been a much better movie, though the movie is fun enough to overcome some of the needless hurdles.
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    Damien StrakerImpulse Gamer
    Birds of Prey is a sizable improvement over Suicide Squad but lacks a foolproof plan.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Stephen SilverSplice Today
    An improvement over Suicide Squad in every respect, and this time the ending is the best part and not the worst
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