Why movie critics are in love with 'Wonder Woman'

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The long-anticipated “Wonder Woman” hits theatres this weekend, and the reviews are in. The great news: It’s better than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Like, a lot better.

Many critics are saying that “Wonder Woman” (starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins) is not only one of the best superhero origin stories ever, but it’s also one of the best superhero movies ever.

The action is amazing, Gadot is amazing, Chris Pine and his blue eyes are charming, and Jenkins has made a watchable (and re-watchable) superhero movie that gives us hope for more satisfying installments in the so-called DC Extended Universe. “Wonder Woman” proves that women can direct action and lead a successful superhero movie.

We rounded up what the critics are saying below:

It's reminiscent of classic action movies, like 'Superman' and 'Indiana Jones.'

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'It gives us the kind of hero a lot of us fell in love with back in those 12-cent days of truth, justice, and the American way -- and the kind of movie we haven't seen since Christopher Reeve first flew into our lives.' -- Newark Star-Ledger

''Wonder Woman' feels like the real deal, a rollicking action adventure in the tradition of 'Indiana Jones,' with a fully functioning sense of humour and the year's most lip-smackingly evil baddie.' -- Time Out London

It's smart and satisfying, in a way that none of the other DCEU movies have been.

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'Wonder Woman is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be.' -- Entertainment Weekly

The film's action is great -- and the stakes are heightened in the World War I setting.

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'The film's action is explosive and engaging, and a sequence where Diana ventures into no man's land in the middle of a trench battle is stunning to behold.' -- USA Today

''Wonder Woman's' WWI setting also provides a landscape that is ripe for action, since the war's level of carnage was due to the advancement of weapon technology (while militaries continued to use traditional tactics and strategies).' -- ScreenRant

Director Patty Jenkins has made one of the best superhero movies ever.

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'An electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement... Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time.' -- Forbes

It manages to power through the cliches of a superhero origin story.

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''Wonder Woman' joins the ranks of the truly greatest superhero origin films, alongside (in no particular order) 'Superman: The Movie,' 'Iron Man,' 'Batman Begins,' and 'Doctor Strange.' It is outrageously bold and confident, insanely fun and thrilling, powerfully dramatic, and delightfully amusing, all rolled into one epic superhero outing.' -- Forbes

It lives up to the pressure -- and even exceeds expectations.

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The other films in the DCEU had a lot of hype, but received mostly negative reviews from critics and fans, and only seemed to get worse and worse ('Man of Steel,' 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,' 'Suicide Squad').

''Wonder Woman' is exceptionally strong. Arriving at the time it does, 'Wonder Woman' faces immense pressure both within the context of the DCEU and, to a larger extent, Hollywood as a whole -- but Gadot and Jenkins rise above expectations to deliver an incredibly exciting and inspiring movie.' -- ScreenRant

DC has finally learned from its previous (epic) mishaps, and made a movie that is dark, fun, and watchable.

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'There's an inescapable feeling that the creative team and the studio have possibly learned from the shortcomings of movies like 'Dawn of Justice' or 'Suicide Squad.' For example, there's still plenty of colour manipulation happening here, but the result is a look that's more in the sepia-and-sunshine end of the spectrum rather than the usual grays and grimness.' -- The Wrap

Chris Pine is charming, and has great chemistry with Gal Gadot.

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'In what's maybe the most gratifyingly funny interlude in Patty Jenkins' new film, the Amazon -- real name Diana (Gal Gadot) -- tries on a series of 1910s-London-appropriate outfits at the behest of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine, really as charming as he's ever been), an American spy working for British intelligence who's attempting to get his new colleague to do some blending in.' -- Buzzfeed

It's essentially a fish-out-of-water story, which is one of the elements that makes it work so well.

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'Gadot brings the many sides of Diana to life beautifully, though it's perhaps her fish-out-of-water humour that stands out most.' -- ScreenRant

Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is a fully realised character.

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'She doesn't feel like another bewilderingly warped, barely recognisable take on an iconic character. She feels like a genuine superhero, intent on protecting those in need -- you can tell, even when she's wearing glasses.' -- Buzzfeed

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