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‘Wonder Woman’: What the Critics Are Saying

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Patty Jenkins’ superhero origin story, starring Gal Gadot, is proving a hit with reviewers.

The first Wonder Woman reviews are in and it seems director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot have lassoed the critics into loving DC Entertainment’s origin story of the Amazonian warrior princess. 

As the review embargo broke on Monday night, the movie crept towards a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the general consensus seemed to be that Wonder Woman was a fun, romantic and enjoyable movie, perhaps even the best entry into the DC Extended Universe so far. Moreover, many critics felt the movie had the added luck of great timing, tapping into the zeitgeist to push it beyond mere entertainment.

THR‘s Sheri Linden was more restrained in her praise, noting that the “lightness” of Wonder Woman is a stark counterpoint to the “Sturm und Drang of Batman v. Superman.” Linden felt that the film had to check off too many of the action-fantasy requisites but overall as an “origin story, with its direct and relatively uncluttered trajectory, offers a welcome change of pace from a superhero realm that’s often overloaded with interconnections and cross-references.”

Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty was effusive, suggesting that Jenkins’ film was in the top tier of DC superhero movies that includes Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. “Wonder Woman is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be,” writes Nashawaty adding: “How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”

IGN’s Joshua Yehl also gave Wonder Woman a resounding thumbs up, describing the film as “leaps and bounds above the other three entries in the DCEU.” Yehl wrote the film will come as a relief to DC and Warner Bros. and break their “stink streak” after Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Yehl added: “Wonder Woman proves to be an emotionally resonate film that won me over with its refreshing take on the superhero formula that featured something we haven’t seen in the DCEU yet: a true, bona fide hero.”

USA Today‘s Kelly Lawler gave Wonder Woman 3.5 stars out of 4 describing it as a “genuinely surprising film that plays with genre and throws out the now very tired superhero movie formula.”

The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr noted the socio-political and social media baggage that surrounds Wonder Woman but ultimately the film would live or die as entertainment. Bahr wrote: “Yet, like the heroine at its center, Wonder Woman the movie rises with powerful grace above the noise. It’s not perfect, but it’s often good, sometimes great and exceptionally re-watchable.”

Indiewire’s Kate Erbland was also gushing in her praise and felt Wonder Woman was an “origin story that functions beautifully on its own while also bolstering excitement for the franchise’s future.”

Uproxx’s Mike Ryan was a huge fan and compared the film favorably with the best of Marvel’s offerings. Ryan wrote: “Wonder Woman has a vibe reminiscent of Captain America: The First Avenger (a shield-welding superhero in the middle of a World War) meets the first Thor (a powerful god has to learn to fit in with humans and is a fish out of water). The backdrop of war is grim, but the characters remain true and finally here’s a DC movie with real warmth and humor – mostly in the form of banter between Gadot and Pine.” 

There were some dissenting voices, however, most notably The Guardian‘s Steve Rose who titled his Wonder Woman review with the snarky line “glass ceiling still intact as Gal Gadot reduced to weaponised Smurfette.” Rose wrote that “[what] promised to be a glass-ceiling-smashing blockbuster actually looks more like a future camp classic.” 

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