Rotten tomatoes: 100% (15 reviews) with an average score of 8.0
As with other movies, the scores are set to change over time. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few short reviews of the film.
Not only does he find the unpleasantly pleasant vibe that his predecessor escaped, but he also tells a story to follow – while also balancing his more appealing character with others whose availability (they aren’t sent on a suicide mission for nothing) does not prevent you from being in good company on the screen.
“The Suicide Squad”, make no mistake, is a full-scale throwaway. James Gunn realized him as a bad boy, even though that was his mandate. Upon filling it in, he turned out to be a good boy (which is why he was rehired by Disney for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”). But he knows how to tap into the gutter with style.
If the movies kill themselves with superhero overload, at least “The Suicide Squad” suggests the psychic is going to laugh.
–David Ehrlich, IndieWire: B +
Gunn’s first “Guardians” was where Marvel proved they could make a big splash with obscure characters. In a way, “The Suicide Squad” is the anti-Marvel movie: yes, it sets the stage for other projects but you never know if a favorite character is going to get run over by a helicopter. You don’t see that many people die in an episode of “John Wick,” let alone in a superhero movie.
–Brian Truitt, USA Today: 3.5 / 4
Regardless of their political leanings, viewers faced with superhero fatigue may well find a respite in “The Suicide Squad,” a film that tries to push the boundaries of these friendly sagas with at least slightly different and daring storytelling. . On James Gunn’s scale, it feels like a happy medium between the all-age workplace comedy of the “Guardians” films and the sarcastic misanthropy of his heroic “Super” satire. As other superhero franchises begin to hit the narrative wall, “The Suicide Squad” promises to find unexpected new places to go, if this team would live to die again.
We totally understand if you approached the release of The Suicide Squad with some trepidation, as we felt the same, especially in the wake of the previous version. But you won’t think so within minutes of James Gunn’s take on this world. Not everything will work for you and that’s good because that’s exactly what we expect from a blockbuster: a truly unique film that is the product of a filmmaker, rather than a committee. And it also helps that The Suicide Squad is also so entertaining as a result.