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For their Suicide Squad Review many critics have another go at the horrible Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and conclude this film is at least better than that.

Suicide Squad trailers generated a lot of interest and hope but many reviewers feel it is a concept in search of a story worth telling.

Suicide Squad follows a secret US government project to release the country’s imprisoned supervillains and, with a tiny remote-control bomb implanted in each of their necks to induce cooperation. They are trained to fight any threat from other uber-bad guys.

Suicide Squad has it’s theatrical release virtually worldwide this weekend.

5New York Times

Suicide Squad – Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) ©2015 Warner Bros

Suicide Squad review by AO Scott

[Suicide Squad] is not… a completely terrible movie — it is certainly not worse than X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War or, heaven knows, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — but… its virtues and shortcomings are more systemic than specific.

It chases after the nihilistic swagger of Deadpool and the anarchic whimsy of Guardians of the Galaxy but trips over its own feet.

I’m left to wish that [Director] Mr Ayer had done more with the moral ambiguities of the source material.

Rating: 2.5 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review

4Los Angeles Times

Suicide Squad – Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) with boyfriend The Joker (Jared Leto) ©2015 Warner Bros

Suicide Squad review by Kenneth Turan

The latest dark end of the street production from the DC Comics/Warner Bros brand, this teaming up of some of DC’s oddest villains into a go-for-broke team, is not as new under the sun as its publicity implies.

Fans will protest, squad members like Deadshot (Will Smith), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) are totally evil… In truth, they’re more like undercover heroes pretending to be transgressive, just waiting to be asked to be brave.

As played by Jared Leto, the Joker is too demented to be in any squad, suicide or otherwise. He’s closest to being the pure evil the film is always boasting about, but his weird darkness is so off-putting that he throws the entire enterprise off balance.

Rating: 3 stars From our reading of the review Full Review

3The Guardian (UK)

Suicide Squad – Director-David Ayer with Will Smith aka Deadshot ©2015 Warner Bros

Suicide Squad review by Peter Bradshaw

Writer-director David Ayer intended Suicide Squad to be darker, meaner and more violent – all of which has earned his film a 15 certificate in the UK.

There’s plenty to like: Margot Robbie is entertainingly over the top as the toxic-barbie Harley Quinn. She fell in love with a patient, the Joker, now on the loose and played here by Jared Leto.

Robbie steals the movie from most of her co-stars, but the real scene-stealer is Viola Davis, playing soberly dressed federal apparatchik Amanda Waller: it’s an excellent, coolly menacing performance.

Rating: 3 stars Full Review

2Entertainment Weekly

Suicide Squad – Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) ©2015 Warner Bros

Suicide Squad review by Chris Nashawaty

As one of summer’s last best hopes, Suicide Squad arrives in theaters with some serious baggage.

Each has a unique skill set for mayhem, but it’s [Margot] Robbie who displays the most thrilling superpower of all: turning into a movie star while having a gonzo blast swinging a baseball bat and tossing off naughty, gum-snapping one-­liners. Aside from [Will] Smith’s Deadshot, she’s also the only character with a remotely interesting backstory.

For DC, which blew it with Batman v Superman last spring, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap.

Rating: 4 Stars, converted from their rating of B- Full Review

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) ©2016 Warner Bros

1Fresno Bee

Suicide Squad – Monster T (Common), The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) ©2015 Warner Bros

Suicide Squad review by Rick Bentley

Suicide Squad, the latest fumbled movie offering based on a DC Comics franchise, has only two things going for it.

The most noteworthy is Margot Robbie who brings a wonderful crazy energy to her role as super villain Harley Quinn.

Secondly, it’s an improvement over the painfully bad Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s not much of an improvement, but the bar was so low a slug could have jumped it.

The film doesn’t suggest “Suicide” for DC’s efforts to make comic book movies. It just doesn’t give it the life the studio needs so badly.

Rating: 2 Stars Full Review