What Do The Critics Think Of SUICIDE SQUAD? The First Round Of Reviews For DC's Latest Are In

The embargo has finally lifted, and the floodgates have opened. What's the general consensus of David Ayer's Suicide Squad among critics? Click on to find out with the first batch of reviews...

You can check out our review of Suicide Squad here, but what about the others?

Even though many fans claim not to care what critics think, whenever the first reactions to any big CBM come pouring in, they're endlessly picked apart and debated. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice did not go down well with the majority of reviews/bloggers, and was inarguably divisive in the fan community too - so the DC faithful were really hoping that David Ayer's supervillain team-up flick would give Warner Bros. the critical win many feel they deserve.

The first review for Suicide Squad comes from Movie Nation and actually broke embargo. It's negative, but I wouldn't let that put you off too much as the guy doesn't appear to be a comic book movie fan... at all. Here's an excerpt:

...They made that movie by fanboy request, to fanboy-dictated parameters. Keep it dark, because, you know, this is a comic book — serious stuff. “Suicide Squad” is part of that whole dystopian DC comic universe, where Superman’s dead and The Joker (Jared Leto) isn’t. And Batman is Ben Affleck. So the studio was hemmed in there, as well. And what they’ve given us is a formulaic, blood and bullet-riddled David Ayer (“Training Day/Fury”) superhero thriller starring a high-mileage Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s butt-cheeks.

You get the idea. That wasn't the only negative review, however.

Groucho Reviews:

The result is a novel but muddled supervillain action movie, decidedly not for kids, and not very fun for adults. The decades-spanning anthology of tough-guy (and gal) songs on the soundtrack is another sign of a filmmaking team that knows its film need some artificial respiration. Some comic-book fans will lap it up, but Suicide Squad is all sauce and no meat.


The action of the film’s middle and latter stages is largely set in a gloomy murk that recalls far too many previous dour sci-fi/fantasy films, and by that point, vestiges of the opening stretch’s humor and snap long have fallen by the wayside. Suicide Squad may not quite commit harakiri, but it certainly feels like it’s taken far too many sleeping pills.

There were also some so-so reviews from the likes of The Playlist and Total Film - but not to worry, some people really liked the movie.


Suicide Squad is the fun, action-packed movie DC Comics fans have been waiting for, delivering two hours of great quips, crazy action sequences, a pitch-perfect Harley Quinn, and other actors stepping swiftly and easily into their roles. Its flaws will bother some more than others - comicbook fans? You won't have to worry.

USA Today:

Like The Dirty Dozen for the Hot Topic generation, the team gets in-your-face introductions and things just grow more mental from there. But compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment.


Like Avengers Assemble forced through a Deadpool mangle, Suicide Squad gives new life to DC’s big-screen universe. So bad-to-the-bone it’s good.

You can keep an eye on the reviews as they land over at Rotten Tomatoes, but so far, it definitely looks like Suicide Squad won't be the critical home-run DC fans were hoping for.
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