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  • Can ‘Suicide Squad’ Survive Bad Reviews for Record-Breaking Weekend?

    Reporter: Kateb
    Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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    Well, at least it’s better than “Batman v Superman.”

    The critics are weighing in on “Suicide Squad,” and based on the initial reactions, it’s a pretty emphatic thumbs down.  It’s still early, of course, so it’s possible that other reviewers could look more favorably on the story of a team of villains who are tasked with doing covert missions for the U.S. government.


     IndieWire’s David Ehrlich decried “Suicide Squad” as “mundane, milquetoast, and often mind-bogglingly stupid,”  the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips branded it a “headache of a movie,” and BuzzFeed’s Alison Willmore dismisses the picture as “frankly disastrous.” Needless to say, these are not the kind of notices you splash across a poster.


    There were outliers, to be sure, such as USAToday’s Brian Truitt, who praised it as “excellently quirky,” and fanboy sites have been more positive.

    Regardless of the frosty critical reception, “Suicide Squad” will annihilate the competition when it debuts across 4,200 theaters, destroying records for an August release with a $125 million to $140 million launch. No matter where it falls on that spectrum, it will rank as the biggest ever debut for Will Smith, nearly doubling “I Am Legend’s” $77.2 million bow. The question is will audiences agree with critics?
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