The new DC Comics film “Wonder Woman” generated attention last week after the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a chain based in Austin, Texas, announced that it would hold five women-only screenings of the Patty Jenkins-directed film set to release Friday.
But looking past that publicity stunt, film critics from across the country said “Wonder Woman” is one of the better films DC Comics has produced in recent history.
Most reviewers didn’t call “Wonder Woman” a perfect movie, but compared it favorably to other recent DC Comics films such as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Man of Steel.”
David Betancourt of the Washington Post called it the first masterpiece in DC Entertainment’s Justice League era: “Breathtaking and action-packed, with an occasional dark edge and plenty of humor, “Wonder Woman,” more than any of Warner Bros.’ current DC Comics films, channels the one emotion from the company’s classic cinema lore that has been missing from its current superhero movie slate: inspiration.”
Kelly Lawler of USA Today said “Wonder Woman” is the best movie DC Comics has put out: “It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity.”
Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider called it one of the best superhero movies ever made: “Not only does “Wonder Woman” (opening in theaters Friday) power through the potential pitfalls of the modern-day superhero movie – weak plot, boring villain, lackluster third act – but it also shows once and for all that a female-focused superhero movie can be as strong, heroic, thrilling, and funny as the guys’ (and, I predict, as profitable).”
Alex Abad-Santos of Vox said it is Warner Bros.’ best superhero movie since the Dark Knight trilogy: “This isn’t to say Wonder Woman is perfect; uneven might be more appropriate. In 141 minutes, it shatters the ceiling of how good Warner Bros.’ superhero movies can be – or how good we expect them to be – while also hitting the floor by returning, particularly late in its third act, to the DC formula of staging a big, bloated, finale.”
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film 2 1/2 out of 4 stars: “‘Wonder Woman’ is hobbled by a slogging origin story and action that only comes in fits and starts.”
Steve Rose of The Guardian thought “Wonder Woman” thought many of the same problems in past DC Comic movies dragged down DC Comics’ most recent film: “It’s plagued by the same problems that dragged down previous visits to the DC movie world: over-earnestness, bludgeoning special effects, and a messy, often wildly implausible plot. What promised to be a glass-ceiling-smashing blockbuster actually looks more like a future camp classic.”