Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Sucker Punch Gets KO'd

Plus, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 is a mixed bag.

by | March 25, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a violent fantasyland (Sucker Punch, starring Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish) and some brotherly love (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, starring Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick). What do the critics have to say?

Sucker Punch


Smoking-hot babes with swords! A daring escape from a creepy asylum! Samurais and dragons! Is there any way Sucker Punch could possibly go wrong? Well, yes, say critics, who find Zack Snyder’s latest to be a compendium of geeky obsessions in search of a story (or indeed, general coherence). Emily Browning stars as Babydoll, a young woman whose mother has recently died, leaving her in the care of her evil stepfather, who ships her off to a mental hospital. Babydoll retreats into a dreamworld, teaming up with a bevy of gals who plan a treacherous escape from the facility. The pundits say Sucker Punch is admirably ambitious, but it fails to add up to much; it’s an assault on the senses that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a shortage of narrative logic. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we present a rundown of memorable prison break movies.)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules


The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which hit theaters last year, got decidedly mixed reviews; a number of scribes found it sweet and perceptive, while others called it clichéd and over reliant on gross-out jokes. It appears Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules won’t set the critical world on fire either — some critics say its life lessons and good humor are more pronounced this time out, but others feel it’s a little shopworn and occasionally cynical. Our hero Greg (Zachary Gordon) is starting seventh grade, and optimistically hopes that he will get in with the cool crowd. Unfortunately, his older brother Rodrick continues to torment him. Will these two ever get along? The pundits say Diary benefits from strong performances from its young actors and a couple of insightful laughs, but it also gets bogged down in scenes of public humiliation and bullying that don’t add much to the equation.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Honey, a drama about a boy’s spiritual awakening in a remote town in Turkey, is at 100 percent.
  • My Perestroika, a documentary about the lives of young people growing up in the waning days of communism, is at 83 percent.
  • Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in a comedy about a romance between an umbrella factory owner’s wife and a labor leader, is at 77 percent.
  • White Irish Drinkers, a coming-of-age drama about a group of petty crooks in 1970s Brooklyn, is at 46 percent.
  • Peep World, starring Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman in an ensemble comedy about a family reunion that’s been sabotaged by a scandalous tell-all book, is at 29 percent.
  • Miral, a drama about the lives of several generations of Palestinian women, is at 15 percent (check out director Julian Schnabel‘s Five Favorite Films here).

Finally, want to win a Rotten Tomatoes shirt? First, watch Sucker Punch. Then, on Sunday, tweet your review and tag it #fresh or #rotten. We’ll choose five winners! Check us out on Twitter!

Tag Cloud

Nat Geo travel IFC Pirates Box Office Trailer dramedy A&E singing competition Infographic period drama Calendar Summer cats Toys Photos technology Ovation spy thriller ESPN Universal USA GoT SundanceTV Reality Cartoon Network 007 war Sony Pictures political drama Showtime IFC Films WGN police drama Fantasy Sundance biography Opinion 21st Century Fox Mystery TLC E! Pop hist Lucasfilm TCA TBS vampires APB YouTube Red Extras PBS Trivia Mary Tyler Moore Animation Thanksgiving dc talk show harry potter History DC streaming service LGBTQ Disney Sneak Peek Star Trek FX Interview Set visit USA Network Country Action Premiere Dates Musical binge Logo diversity Writers Guild of America discovery CBS All Access Grammys Reality Competition Lifetime romance Acorn TV E3 Schedule Red Carpet DirecTV Apple Amazon zombies comiccon Nominations Podcast OWN Kids & Family robots 2016 Cosplay Superheroe Certified Fresh TIFF cinemax cooking Pixar MSNBC Creative Arts Emmys ABC Family TV Land Fox News NBC Walt Disney Pictures Syfy NYCC Comedy Central Super Bowl Comic Book AMC GIFs Western cults PaleyFest First Look Rocky Winter TV Drama crossover Spike Food Network Musicals TNT Shondaland 20th Century Fox American Society of Cinematographers Britbox TCM Watching Series ratings sitcom Comedy crime drama Biopics The Arrangement CW Seed Election Countdown Best and Worst streaming Marvel politics composers Rock DC Universe supernatural 24 frames serial killer festivals Ellie Kemper ABC MTV Netflix Adult Swim Freeform TCA 2017 unscripted Paramount Network FXX finale BBC America Esquire justice league Music aliens RT History Christmas ITV Year in Review Emmys crime thriller Fall TV VICE Video Games Nickelodeon Mindy Kaling Martial Arts FOX Dark Horse Comics Marathons Oscars President Awards Hulu Warner Bros. BBC Rom-Com Bravo psycho See It Skip It Polls and Games cops Character Guide Sci-Fi based on movie Paramount zombie TruTV TV Valentine's Day Crackle X-Men SXSW Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt SDCC Teen docudrama historical drama mutant 2017 adventure Horror CBS sports BET Superheroes Starz social media VH1 crime Sundance Now science fiction El Rey boxoffice National Geographic Ghostbusters The CW YA Tumblr CNN Columbia Pictures Disney Channel GLAAD 45 what to watch CMT Tomatazos transformers Winners golden globes Star Wars HBO 2015 DC Comics Spring TV dceu medical drama Masterpiece Lionsgate Holidays thriller