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This sexist review of Wonder Woman has people rolling their eyes hard

Ah here, leave it out.

WONDER WOMAN HIT cinemas this weekend and is already projected to make over $98 million in the United States alone.

The film, which boasts an impressive 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, stars Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero. It is the first superhero blockbuster to be directed by a woman and, if there’s any justice, it ought to pave the way for more female-led blockbusters going forward.

But while Wonder Woman is poised to break all sorts of barriers, there are some people who still can’t see her as anything beyond someone to be ogled and objectified.

Enter David Edelstein, a film critic with Vulture.

Edelstein published his review of Wonder Woman yesterday and let’s just say it’s a lot to handle. Here are some choice quotes:

The only grace note in the generally clunky Wonder Woman is its star, the five-foot-ten-inch Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, who is somehow the perfect blend of superbabe-in-the-woods innocence and mouthiness. 

We get it. You fancy her.

She’s a treat here with her raspy accented voice and driving delivery. (Israeli women are a breed unto themselves, which I say with both admiration and trepidation.)


While this Wonder Woman is still into ropes (Diana’s lasso both catches bad guys and squeezes the truth out of them), fans might be disappointed that there’s no trace of the comic’s well-documented S&M kinkiness. With a female director, Patty Jenkins, at the helm, Diana isn’t even photographed to elicit slobbers.

Ah here, leave it out.

She looks fabulous in her suffragette outfit with little specs, but it’s not until she strips down to her superheroine bodice and shorts, pulls out her sword, and leaps into the fray, that she comes into her own.

The review has since been widely mocked and criticised for focusing so intensely on Gadot’s appearance.

The commenters revolted.

And Jezebel even published a parody of the review yesterday.

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Neither Edelstein nor Vulture have commented on the backlash. We think we’ll just listen to these reviews instead…

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