The embargo is up on 'Birds of Prey' so reviews for the superhero flick are all over the place now.
To give it its full title, 'Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)' reviews are pretty positive overall. At the time of writing, it holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Entertainment.ie movie reviewer Deirdre Molumby gave the film 4 out of 5 stars in her review. She describes it as "an explosion of neon and glitter, jam-packed with kick ass action that truly is fantabulous."
The consensus with critics generally is that the Harley Quinn outing wasn't what they expected.
The flick sees Harley, now split up from Joker, team up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to save a young girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from bad guy Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Critics have noted the uneven nature of the movie and some expressed disappointment. It would seem that if you don't set your expectations high, you're more likely to enjoy it.
Here's what the critics had to say:
"Not only does Cathy Yan’s #BirdsOfPrey capture one woman's resilience, rising above heartache to find independence & strength, it symbolically represents that we women can overcome our worst starts." It kicks butt! My review via @FreshFictionTV :https://t.co/H9etsG9cF1
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) February 5, 2020
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) February 5, 2020
I went into #BirdsOfPrey with low expectations and ended up sincerely loving it - it's a little uneven, but good golly, it's SO much fun, and the cast is uniformly fantastic. Check out my full review: https://t.co/arIOBjEBaz pic.twitter.com/rqMbJUqPpU
— Laura Prudom (@LauInLA) February 5, 2020
#BirdsOfPreyMovie, with #MargotRobbie as Harley Quinn, is thin, lively, loud, brash, diverting, and forgettable. But it offers the empowerment of utter irresponsibility. Here's my @Variety review. https://t.co/FItotdzD7w
— Owen Gleiberman (@OwenGleiberman) February 5, 2020
— Kristen Lopez (@Journeys_Film) February 5, 2020
BIRDS OF PREY is so much FUN - a rare mixture of girly + grisly. The plot is rote, but the sets/costumes/character details are clever and whimsical. Loved the visceral, bone-crunchy action. Fantastic performances from Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor & Chris Messina.
— Inkoo Kang (@inkookang) February 6, 2020
So hey: #BirdsofPrey rules! Incredible, insanely watchable misfits running amok in Gotham with badass martial arts action and killer cumbia needle drops. I hated the beginning and thought it was a disaster, but I stuck with it and came out adoring it https://t.co/qilfIPiMGI
— Eric Francisco (@EricFrancisco24) February 5, 2020
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 5, 2020
#BirdsOfPrey review: BoP overcomes an uneven start to become a madcap dash through a kaleidoscope of inventive, dynamic action led by one hell of a performance from Margot Robbie. https://t.co/qDGFSdwzib
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) February 5, 2020
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) February 5, 2020
On BIRDS OF PREY, which has its moments if not as much daring as I'd like https://t.co/1J6rArLNmN
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) February 5, 2020
— Wenlei Ma (@WenleiMa) February 5, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) review – a blitz of bad taste https://t.co/w47vZPP7lN
— The Guardian (@guardian) February 5, 2020
'Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)' hits Irish cinemas this Friday, 7 February.