Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Well, the day is finally here. Wonder Woman, the latest entry into the growing DC Extended Universe, has had its review embargo lifted. So, what do critics think of the latest DCEU feature? In short, it’s a hit!
The film currently sits at a whopping 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with the general consensus praising the performances, the chemistry amongst the characters, the action and the story but criticized the film’s CGI-fueled final act.
Here’s what critics think of the Gal Gadot led superhero film:
Conner Schwerdtfeger from Cinemablend:
Even if you don’t typically gravitate towards the superhero genre, you need to see Wonder Woman. This isn’t just one of the best DC movies in recent memory; it’s also one of the best superhero movies ever made, and full-bodied adventure film that hits every conceivable emotional beat. Patty Jenkins has offered up a textbook example of how to tell a near perfect Wonder Woman story on the silver screen, and she has officially joined the ranks of Richard Donner and Christopher Nolan as one of DC’s best auteurs. If you’re a DC fan, this is a film you have waited years to see, and you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Barker from Variety:
“Wonder Woman” is the first major studio superhero film directed by a woman, and it shows in a number of subtle, yet important ways. As skimpy as Gadot’s outfits may get, for example, Jenkins’ camera never leers or lingers gratuitously — Diana is always framed as an agent of power, rather than its object. When she finally unleashes her full fighting potential in an extended battle sequence on the front lines, the movie comes alive in a genuinely exhilarating whirl of slow-motion mayhem, and Diana’s personality is never lost amid all the choreography.
Alonso Duralde from The Wrap:
Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure. It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre.
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly:
It’s only in the movie’s unnecessary final half-hour or so that Wonder Woman finally meets her match: the special-effects imperatives of contemporary blockbuster filmmaking against which even the Germans onscreen seem insignificant. When Diana realizes that the villain she’s been chasing all this time is, in fact, not the end but just the beginning to a line of villains to be trotted out, no doubt, in subsequent chapters, the movie turns into an eye-rolling digital smackdown that mirrors every other late-period DC (and, to be fair, Marvel) movie smackdown. It would be nice one of these days if some heroic editor just lopped off the last 30 minutes of all of these things. But it’s hard to quibble about what’s wrong with a movie that gets so much right, especially when it comes to Gadot’s revelatory portrayal of Wonder Woman. The wait is over, folks. The DC movie you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
Joshua Yehl from IGN:
Wonder Woman is leaps and bounds above the other three entries in the DCEU. With a dramatic setting, a few entertaining action scenes, and a strong supporting cast all working together to tell an inspirational Hero’s Journey, it more than offsets some occasionally uneven acting on Gadot’s part and some shaky technical aspects. The messy third act fight, however, is something that has plagued other superhero movies and is something even Wonder Woman cannot overcome. Overall, Wonder Woman is a win because it successfully tells the story of a woman taking on a war-torn world with the power of love. What’s more heroic than that?
Sheri Linden from The Hollywood Reporter:
If Diana of Themyscira is a much-needed hero for our times, it’s not because of her special-effects-laden fight moves. It’s because of such offhand moments as the way she infiltrates a bad guy’s soiree. Done up in one of those constricting frocks she doesn’t understand, she nonetheless strides into the room with the focus of a warrior and the gait of a free woman. She’s dressed for the part, but she’s no fool for fashion.
Kelly Lawler from USA Today:
Diana is genuine in her love for ice cream. She and the film are genuine about everything, which is what makes it feel so special. In a time when the public discourse is fraught and full of misinformation and hatred, watching Wonder Woman fight so hard and so earnestly for love is a profound experience.
Kofi Outlaw from comicbook.com:
In the end, Wonder Woman is the turning point the DCEU needed, offering fans the first DC Comics movie where the superhero actually feels inspiring and heoric. It’s been a long seventy-five year wait – but thanks to Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and the rest of the cast and crew, Wonder Woman’s time has truly come now.
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