Bad news for fans hoping for DC’s Suicide Squad, which comes out this weekend, to be terrific and by all accounts “perfect.”
The film’s Rotten Tomatoes average is currently a 34%.
This is based on just 56 reviews so far, and a movie isn’t fully rated by the site until they’ve accrued over 200 critics’ opinions, so any analysis as of yet should be taken with a grain of salt.
Often a better barometer for a film’s merit than the Tomatometer, the site’s Critics Consensus reads: “Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren’t enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.”
Those are harsh words for DC’s newest film. Their previous cinematic effort, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scored an even lower average of 27%, and the consensus itself was much more scathing.
A fan could only hope that when the 200+ reviews finally do come in, they will have kinder things to say about Suicide Squad.
If you wish to remain optimistic, keep in mind: Rotten Tomatoes does not count all reviewers on the internet. Some of the most respected and watched YouTube movie reviewers are not counted on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jeremy Jahns, for example, one of the most successful YouTube critics of all time gave Suicide Squad his rating of “Buy it on Blu-Ray,” which is his second best score.
Additionally, the always-hilarious Mr. Sunday Movies had very positive things to say about the film in his video review, saying:
“[Suicide Squad] isn’t perfect, but it does a much better job fleshing out the DC universe than both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman… All in all, is this the best movie in the DC cinematic universe? I’d say so, I think it probably is. It really is the characters and the performances that help this movie out, so much so that a lot of the flaws can be overlooked.”
Whether you trust traditional critics or more informal YouTube reviewers like these gents, the only way to really know if Suicide Squad is good is, of course, to go out and see it!
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Jordan is a freelance film/TV writer and critic. He is also the creator and co-host of an original, all-Star Wars podcast, “Tosche Station”. Check it out on iTunes!