Fans have been super pumped for David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad‘ film for over a year now. The film has released several trailers in the past year, each one bringing fans closer and closer to climax. This weekend was going to be THE weekend. The film was going to take over the world and be the biggest hit of the summer, and the early projections have seemed to confirm this.
Some experts predict the film could bring in $140 million in its opening weekend, but those numbers might be dropping if the movie is as terrible as the critics claim it is.
It currently sits at 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while some critics went easy on the film, the majority of them didn’t hold back in their reviews.
You can check out some of the most negative reviews below…
Richard Lawson — Vanity Fair
“Suicide Squad is bad. Not fun bad. Not redeemable bad. Not the kind of bad that is the unfortunate result of artists honorably striving for something ambitious and falling short. Suicide Squad is just bad. It’s ugly and boring, a toxic combination that means the film’s highly fetishized violence doesn’t even have the exciting tingle of the wicked or the taboo. (Oh, how the movie wants to be both of those things.)”
Peter Travers — Rolling Stone
“The anticipated savior of a bummer summer turns out to be a grabbag of what’s been off and awful about recent comic-book epics (Captain America: Civil War excepted). Suicide Squad wussies out when it should have been down with the Dirty Dozen of DC Comics. Audiences complained that Batman v Superman was too dark and depressing. So director-writer David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) counters with light and candy-assed… This botch job makes Fantastic Four look good.”
Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune
“Meanwhile we have this thing, this garish, overstaffed, overstuffed, blithely sadistic corporate directive disguised as a PG-13 summer movie for all ages… Folks, this is a lousy script, blobby like the endlessly beheaded minions of the squad’s chief adversary. It’s not satisfying storytelling; the flashbacks roll in and out, explaining either too much or too little, and the action may be violent but it’s not interesting.”
Obviously this has to hurt the cast & crew, but their leader David Ayer is standing up for them. He went on his Twitter to respond to the negative reviews. He posted the famous quote you see below, attributed to Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, which means ““I’d prefer to die standing, than to live on my knees.”
Sounds like he’s saying that he took a risk with this film, and he’s proud of what he and his team created. He also believes the fans will respond better than the critics.