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Sucker Punch
You will be unprepared if this one's a sucker to punch.
Genre: Action
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Zack Snyder
Steve Shibuya
Starring: Emily Browning
Abbie Cornish
Jena Malone
Vanessa Hudgens
Jamie Chung
Carla Gugino
Oscar Isaac
Jon Hamm
Scott Glenn
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 25, 2011
Runtime: 109 minutes (Theatrical cut)
117 minutes (extended cut)
Country: United States

Sucker Punch is a 2011 American psychological fantasy action film directed by Zack Snyder and co-written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya. It is Snyder's first film based on an original concept. The film was released in both conventional and IMAX theatres in the United States on March 25, 2011.


Locked away, a young woman named Babydoll (Emily Browning) retreats to a fantasy world where she is free to go wherever her mind takes her. Determined to fight for real freedom, she finds four women -- Rocket, Blondie, Amber and Sweet Pea -- to join together to escape the terrible fate that awaits them. With a virtual arsenal at their disposal, the allies battle everything from samurais to serpents, while trying to decide what price they will pay for survival.

Why It's A Sucker Punch To The Face

  1. The main problem is that the film is an example of style over substance, with weak execution, plot, and characters.
  2. The plot while interesting, feels disjointed and all over the place.
    • The diverse settings cause their plot points to clash together. It also doesn't help that the tones in these settings are different.
    • The plot point that kicks off the movie, Babydoll's stepfather framing her for the death of her sister, is never properly concluded. It feels like a revenge plot that gets abandoned shortly after beginning.
  3. The fantasy scenes that Babydoll feel very intrusive. While it makes sense why they're present, they are a complete distraction from the plot, don't give proper character development, and go on for way too long to the point where they become boring.
    • First fantasy scene: 8 minutes
    • Second fantasy scene: 11 1/2 minutes
    • Third fantasy scene: 8 minutes
    • Fourth fantasy scene: 10 minutes
  4. The characters lack personality, are unmemorable, and aren't that interesting. They're not given enough development or character to be worth investing in.
  5. The 2nd and 3rd fantasy action scenes feel muddled up with too many ideas to the point where it feels like watching a bunch of random jumbled stuff.
  6. The soundtrack, while good, is intrusive, all over the place, don't fit the tone nor setting, and are unnecessary.
  7. Weak ending. Due to Babydoll, the protagonist, being lobotomized, Sweet Pea is the sole survivor who escapes onto a bus. The problem is that she isn't an interesting character to follow, making it hard to sympathize and root for her.
  8. This is arguably one of the movies that it started the decline of Zack Snyder's directing career and lost the charm of the first four films, as Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole was well-received by audience and fans.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good performances from the talented cast.
  2. Great visuals and style from Zack Snyder.
    • Some of the dreamworlds present unique and interesting scenarios, like a Dieselpunk WW1 with Cyborg Zombies and a WW2 Bomber Plane in a Medievalist Fantasy world.
    • The practical effects are pretty neat.
  3. While not executed well, the story and themes are conceptually pretty good and intriguing.
  4. The extended cut is better to watch.


Sucker Punch was negatively reviewed by most film critics. Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 22% of 215 critics have given Sucker Punch positive reviews, giving it an average rating of 4.07/10; the consensus states: "It's technically impressive and loaded with eye-catching images, but without characters or a plot to support them, all of Sucker Punch's visual thrills are for naught." The film holds a 33 out of 100 on Metacritic, signifying "generally unfavorable" reviews among 29 critics.

Its depiction of women was heavily criticized for being highly misogynist. However, the extended cut got reevaluated because of the MeToo movement for condemning misogyny.


Legendary Pictures


Batman Begins - Superman Returns - Lady in the Water - The Ant Bully - Beerfest - We Are Marshall - 300 - Trick 'r Treat - 10,000 BC - The Dark Knight - Watchmen - Observe and Report - The Hangover - Where the Wild Things Are - Ninja Assassin


Clash of the Titans - Jonah Hex - Inception - The Town - Due Date - Sucker Punch - The Hangover Part II - Wrath of the Titans - The Dark Knight Rises - Jack the Giant Slayer - 42 - The Hangover Part III - Man of Steel - Pacific Rim - 300: Rise of an Empire - Godzilla - As Above, So Below - Dracula Untold - Interstellar - Unbroken - Blackhat - Seventh Son - Jurassic World - Straight Outta Compton - Steve Jobs - Crimson Peak - Krampus - Warcraft - The Great Wall - Kong: Skull Island - Pacific Rim Uprising - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Skyscraper - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - BlacKkKlansman - Little - Pokémon Detective Pikachu - Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Enola Holmes - Godzilla vs. Kong - ⊃∪∩⪽

Zack Snyder

Dawn of the Dead - 300 - Watchmen - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Sucker Punch - Man of Steel - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) - Justice League* - Zack Snyder's Justice League - Army of the Dead

*: Snyder was the director of Justice League during principal photography, but was replaced by Joss Whedon during post-production. Snyder retained directorial credit for the finished film, though reports have indicated Whedon reshot a significant portion of the film. Snyder later edited a director's cut of the film, removing all of Whedon's footage and restoring his own footage that was deleted in the theatrical release. Snyder also shot four to five minutes of additional footage in late 2020 for his cut, released as Zack Snyder's Justice League.


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