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2 Guns (2013)

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64

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 110 | Rotten: 63

Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars.

47

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 20

Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars.

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Two crooked undercover officers - one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on the other in this crime thriller from director Baltasar Kormakur. Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, and Bill Paxton head up the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Nov 19, 2013

$75.6M

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All Critics (173) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (63) | DVD (1)

That a movie this fleet and lean succumbs to action-blockbuster bloat in the home stretch is both disappointing and predictable, although the director deserves credit for keeping the climactic shootouts slick and spatially coherent.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Mark Wahlberg reunites with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur for an action movie that's even more cynical and sadistic than its predecessor.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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In this star vehicle for Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, the headlights are on full beam but the engine is struggling in second gear.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Beyond ridiculous but always entertaining. Washington and Wahlberg are terrific.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The biggest guns this action flick brandishes are stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg who have very different acting styles that work surprisingly well together.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's essentially a buddy-cop romp with the usual assortment pack of graphic gruesomeness.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Washington and Wahlberg have a good time robbing banks and blowing up buildings and barreling through military security checkpoints and double-crossing people and shooting each other because none of it really means anything.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

What it lacks in robots and superheroes it more than makes up for in laughs, gunplay and personality.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Generic, by-the-numbers buddy-action flicks don't come much more generic than this forgettable project.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Like the Eighties never went away.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A buddy-cop movie on steroids, 2 Guns fires off smart-alecky one-liners and bullets at equal rates -- as the stars make a convoluted and overwritten script work.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The slack screenplay stumbles over loose ends, and director Baltasar Kormákur fails to find a consistent tone.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Two hours of brainless action packed with some great laughs and featuring two actors clearly enjoying their time together.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Watchable but empty

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The worst-directed action film since Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim...yet another serving of action mulch where you simply do not care where the bullets land. (Sigh. Where's Steven Seagal when you need him?)

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Washington and Wahlberg are excellent but this collaboration is squandered

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

The first pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington (two charismatic actors of different styles) and the entertaining, quote heavy screenplay from Blake Masters makes it work so well.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Kormákur lets the solid story, some neat surprises and its A-list stars do the work.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard

2 Guns is that rare popcorn flick that succeeds at being fun and breezy, and features just enough twists to entertain without getting too complicated.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Washington & Wahlberg drop wisecracks and bad guys from one side of the Mexican border to the other in this playful cop-buddy action thriller.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

The best scenes involve Washington and Wahlberg arguing and trying to get the better of each other. If you're a fan of either actor, you're likely to enjoy this.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

There are actually 111 guns in 2 Guns, but that sum doesn't include concealed weapons, so we'll never really know the truth.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Iceland's Baltasar Kormákur warms to the task of delivering a fun filled action thriller, with writer Blake Masters freely commandeering the Tarantino signature of quirky banal dialogue in the midst of action

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Washington and Wahlberg are great together - bullish and brash with a twinkle in the eye as they improvise and fly by the seat of their pants, even when things have supposedly been carefully planned

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for 2 Guns

My first Movie for 2014, I really thought that there was every chance I'd not like this movie, and was pleasantly surprised to find it exciting, action-packed, humorous and more than a bit convoluted. The acting was, as one would expect, brilliant with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington having the time of their lives. The story took some following trying to figure out all the convolutions taking place with CIA and the Navy figuring prominently, but it was great fun, and the violence while never-ending was not over the top like some others today. I have to say that I felt Wahlberg stole the show with his comedic side strongly brought out. Go and see it, but do not try to figure out all the ins and outs too seriously. Great entertainment. 4 Stars 1-1-14
January 21, 2014
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Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg aren't strangers to fronting acclaimed films in equally acclaimed performances; but they have something else in common. Neither actor has shied away from making a plethora of less critically prestigious, Hollywood action pictures; often heightening the proceedings with charisma alone. "2 Guns" is such a movie, and because of it's stars is also a good one.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who previously worked with Wahlberg on the solid "Contraband," "2 Guns" establishes itself as an equally energetic take on familiar material from the very first scene. The snappy dialogue, humor, and great chemistry between leads last throughout and isn't tired after this initial sequence. Along the way we get the likes Bill Paxton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos who indulge in a little screen chewing of their own.

For an action movie with ambitions planted firmly in the visceral, "2 Guns" is surprisingly teeming with plot. There's the obligatory cross, double cross, hell even a quadruple cross, in a deceptive web that involves two undercover agents, the CIA, Naval intelligence, and even a drug cartel... oh my! Halfway through I didn't know who was playing who yet, or how everything fit together, but too the writer's credit, we never feel overwhelmed, duped, and everything ties together in an entertaining whole. The film does end abruptly after a fun build up, which is one of my only knocks plot wise.

Even with everything I've just said, "2 Guns" comes down to Washington and Wahlberg. They are exciting to watch and have a great, more importantly believable chemistry. The stakes get high, but we never believe they are in anything but complete control. They command their standalone actioners, but for obvious reasons the results are even more successful here.

"2 Guns" is great fun, with a complex plot that is a tribute to it's comic roots. We get a lot of films like this each year, but director Kormákur's stylish effort is one to see regardless. It is derivative. But it's rock solid and elevated by it's two leads.
January 3, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

If it wasn't for some cool action sequences and awesome chemistry between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, "2 Guns" would just be another average action flick, with a bland script and dumb plot lines. It's not the best action film ever, but the unique way they use storytelling in this film is very fun every time these actors are on the screen you will find yourself smiling, due to their vibrant presence. "2 Guns" has a well enough written script, it is directed very well, and the camerawork is not ham-handed in any way. I would definitely watch this film again, and that is not just me being modest. Sure it may suffer from a few predictable plot elements, but it comes right out of the gutter and surprises you. "2 Guns" is a very fun movie!
December 29, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An old-style buddy thriller laced with non-stop action, sizzling suspense, outrageous humor and brilliant chemistry from its two leads that make 2 Guns, nothing but a good time from start to finish. A smart, explosive, wickedly funny and action-packed thrill-ride that's just pure fun. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are at their best, they are a terrific buddy teams that mix great lines with bullets and style. Wahlberg and Washington deliver sensational and enjoyable performances, you can tell they had nothing but a good time making this movie together. The cast is just simply a blast. It's the best action movie of the summer. It's red-hot, hard-boiled and adrenaline-charged entertainment. It has plenty of twist and surprises. A sharply crafted and tremendously slick action flick. It's nice to see an action film of this caliber from being a fan of films like 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon, so this movie if great to watch for those reasons and a few more. Baltasar Kormakur blends the humor and intensity rather well and shows to be an exciting filmmaker.
December 11, 2013
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