Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Margot Robbie reprises her iconic Suicide Squad role in this DC Extended Universe actioner. Written and directed by women (Christina Hodson and Cathy Yan respectively), Birds of Prey sees female characters joining forces against a Gotham City crime lord.

After parting ways with The Joker, Harley Quinn (Robbie) teams up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell, TV's Underground), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 10 Cloverfield Lane) and Renee Montoya (Oscar nominee Rosie Perez, Fearless) to rescue a little girl (Ella Jay Basco in her feature debut) from Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence and coarse language109 minsUSA
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Flicks

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

Unlike the grimly desaturated, crushingly dour comic book aesthetic favoured by so many of its peers, Birds of Prey is fun, bright, and alive. Its aspects of social realism (abusive foster homes, abusive bosses, various other forms of abuse) are taken in purposeful stride rather than broodily stewed over. Even the final showdown is refreshingly short and snappy—punctuating the film perfectly rather than dragging it out endlessly as is so often the case. Birds of Prey may not be the most powerful or poignant movie you’ll see this year, but as a foray into female empowerment, it is a buoyant, bullshit-free blast.

4.0
1

Birds of Prey: Oh it's a not so fantabulous solo flick of Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey ... or is it 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' now? The Harley Quinn movie? Yeah that works. Directed by Cathy Yan and starring Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor, it's ... not good. Now this is just an opinion. Not a fact. Some people liked this movie, some people didn't and most weren't bothered to watch it (evidently so). Cathy Yan did her best...

2.0
0

Colourful bright entertainment. I can't usually watch violence in movies but I was captivated by the choreography of the fight scenes, first time since Crouching Tiger, did Margo do much of this herself, otherwise stunt double did a whole lot in this movie. Harley Quinn character of growth of independence. Ewan McGregor is an indicator that I'm going to...

4.0
0

Cant wait. Yup seen it now

Suicide Squad was my favorite super hero movie so far. Hoping Joker and Batman appear on this one. Saw it today. No Joker or Batman. A lot of talking (story telling) Still a fun movie. Will probably watch again. Hope there's another Harley Quinn movie.

5.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s messy, with a middle section that sags, but Birds Of Prey has vibrancy, anarchy and balls to spare. Harley and Joker are dead. Long live Harley Quinn.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

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… basically Harley Quinn’s adventure with some entertaining guest stars, and a bunch of colourful, affable nitwittery designed to appeal to an audience in the mood for a good time or just lightly drunk.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Like any film about a villain redeemed, Birds of Prey must wrestle with the question of how far the protagonist's naughtiness ought to go.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The only comparison I can make is to Tarantino's Kill Bill. Think of Birds of Prey as a silly, but well made reboot of a couple of that film's multiple storylines. If that sounds like something you might enjoy, then have at it.

4.0
1
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The mood of antic, playful obnoxiousness feels forced rather than liberated, the result of careful note-taking during repeated viewings of "Deadpool."

1
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If only all comic book movies felt this fun.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It's all as tasty, chewy and disposable as bubble gum.

0
Time Out

Time Out

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Cathy Yan lets her heroine's mania guide her through a story that's scrappy, weird and ultimately fun as hell.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film is a blitz of bad taste, a cornucopia of crass, and it is weirdly diverting - more than you might expect, given the frosty way Suicide Squad was received critically - and engagingly crazy.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

But those hoping for a Deadpool-like fusion of mayhem and wit should lower their expectations: Harley may be known for her unpredictability, but Birds plays by action-movie rules.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Cathy Yan keeps it all hurtling along with impeccable ferocity. Her action scenes have a deftly detonating visual spaciousness, capped by crowd-pleasing moments...

0
Flicks

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

Unlike the grimly desaturated, crushingly dour comic book aesthetic favoured by so many of its peers, Birds of Prey is fun, bright, and alive. Its aspects of social realism (abusive foster homes, abusive bosses, various other forms of abuse) are taken in purposeful stride rather than broodily stewed over. Even the final showdown is refreshingly short and snappy—punctuating the film perfectly rather than dragging it out endlessly as is so often the case. Birds of Prey may not be the most powerful or poignant movie you’ll see this year, but as a foray into female empowerment, it is a buoyant, bullshit-free blast.

4.0
1
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s messy, with a middle section that sags, but Birds Of Prey has vibrancy, anarchy and balls to spare. Harley and Joker are dead. Long live Harley Quinn.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

… basically Harley Quinn’s adventure with some entertaining guest stars, and a bunch of colourful, affable nitwittery designed to appeal to an audience in the mood for a good time or just lightly drunk.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Like any film about a villain redeemed, Birds of Prey must wrestle with the question of how far the protagonist's naughtiness ought to go.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The only comparison I can make is to Tarantino's Kill Bill. Think of Birds of Prey as a silly, but well made reboot of a couple of that film's multiple storylines. If that sounds like something you might enjoy, then have at it.

4.0
1
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The mood of antic, playful obnoxiousness feels forced rather than liberated, the result of careful note-taking during repeated viewings of "Deadpool."

1
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If only all comic book movies felt this fun.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's all as tasty, chewy and disposable as bubble gum.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Cathy Yan lets her heroine's mania guide her through a story that's scrappy, weird and ultimately fun as hell.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film is a blitz of bad taste, a cornucopia of crass, and it is weirdly diverting - more than you might expect, given the frosty way Suicide Squad was received critically - and engagingly crazy.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

But those hoping for a Deadpool-like fusion of mayhem and wit should lower their expectations: Harley may be known for her unpredictability, but Birds plays by action-movie rules.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Cathy Yan keeps it all hurtling along with impeccable ferocity. Her action scenes have a deftly detonating visual spaciousness, capped by crowd-pleasing moments...

0

Birds of Prey: Oh it's a not so fantabulous solo flick of Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey ... or is it 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' now? The Harley Quinn movie? Yeah that works. Directed by Cathy Yan and starring Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor, it's ... not good. Now this is just an opinion. Not a fact. Some people liked this movie, some people didn't and most weren't bothered to watch it (evidently so). Cathy Yan did her...

2.0
0

Colourful bright entertainment. I can't usually watch violence in movies but I was captivated by the choreography of the fight scenes, first time since Crouching Tiger, did Margo do much of this herself, otherwise stunt double did a whole lot in this movie. Harley Quinn character of growth of independence. Ewan McGregor is an indicator that I'm going to...

4.0
0

Cant wait. Yup seen it now

Suicide Squad was my favorite super hero movie so far. Hoping Joker and Batman appear on this one. Saw it today. No Joker or Batman. A lot of talking (story telling) Still a fun movie. Will probably watch again. Hope there's another Harley Quinn movie.

5.0
0