Screen Crush — Matt Singer
Even with its issues, Wonder Woman is exciting, romantic, funny — and my favorite DC Extended Universe movie to date. With her courage and strength, Diana sets an example for everyone she meets, and she holds fast to her ideals even under great pressure. With any luck, she’ll provide similar inspiration to the directors of the DC Extended Universe in the years ahead.
The Playlist — Rodrigo Perez
“Wonder Woman” is a largely stand-alone solo effort— it just deserves to be a better one. There’s one piece of substantive texture in “Wonder Woman” and it’s the notion that man’s civilization, mankind, is not as unworthy as the Amazons believe. And through determination and grit, “Wonder Woman” proves that the dudes ain’t so bad (which is perhaps more humanist than feminist). The crescendo of the movie lies in the betrayal of Wonder Woman’s belief system. Unfortunately for the viewer, rather than grapple with this existential sorrow and soldier on regardless, the movie says, “just kidding,” and reinforces her confirmation bias about good and evil.
Variety — Andrew Barker
It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero. Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have given us sporadically successful, demythified takes on Batman and Superman, but they’ve all seemed skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward the sort of unabashed do-gooderism that DC Comics’ golden-age heroes exemplified. Never prone to stewing in solitude, and taking more notes from Richard Donner than from Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness — boisterous, earnest, sometimes sloppy, yet consistently entertaining — with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way.
“Even if you don’t typically gravitate towards the superhero genre, you need to see Wonder Woman. This isn’t just one of the best DC movies in recent memory; it’s also one of the best superhero movies ever made, and full-bodied adventure film that hits every conceivable emotional beat. Patty Jenkins has offered up a textbook example of how to tell a near perfect Wonder Woman story on the silver screen, and she has officially joined the ranks of Richard Donner and Christopher Nolan as one of DC’s best auteurs. If you’re a DC fan, this is a film you have waited years to see, and you will not be disappointed.”