G.I. Joe: Retaliation Reviews

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Corey Atad
Movie Mezzanine
March 2, 2014
A terrible film with a confusing plot, jarring tonal fluctuations, characters that engender no sympathy, and a strangely flippant attitude toward violence.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Did you think a second G.I. Joe movie was a good idea?
J.C. Maçek III
PopMatters
August 7, 2013
Bruce Willis, The Rock, explosions, comedy and action help this popcorn sequel rise above its more Sci-Fi predecessor, but even fans caught up in the action will occasionally find this live action film to be just a bit too cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 1, 2013
A very flawed film, but it's superior to the first installment in every way.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 30, 2013
[Jon M.] Chu is a stylish director, and it's fun to watch him blow things up. He also paces the material furiously. For awhile, this strategy works. But, as with most movies that don't have any substance, the pomposity and spectacle grow tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 12, 2013
I'd be hard-pressed to call any of it 'exciting'; mostly the film just chugs along, steadily going from one plot point to the next, neither engaging us nor boring us.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This action-packed drama is as bland and forgettable as its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
It's pretty bad. You don't need me to tell you that.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
Has a great deal more grace and goodwill than its predecessor. It moves well, offers up the occasional surprise, and never takes itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 25, 2013
Dumb, hyperkinetic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
April 15, 2013
I was prepared for the expected amount of flag-waving nonsense in this film, but one sequence with a Cobra member posing as the President of the United States is so offensive, it seems like it was an outtake from Team America: World Police.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 12, 2013
Dizzyingly entertaining celebration of fireballs, wire-assisted martial arts and high-calibre firepower has more grace and poise than Die Hard 5...will surely make up for those disappointed with the so-so 2009 film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 12, 2013
While it might be the height of critical cliché (and analytically wrong) to call G.I. Joe: Retaliation "a real American Zero," if the combat boot fits...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 11, 2013
Explosions and action figures.
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
April 10, 2013
This film had no use of the 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
April 10, 2013
Retaliation isn't hatefully dumb - it's entertainingly dumb. But even after the umpteen millions it cost to make, it never comes close to capturing the imagination like three 3/4" action figures can.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
April 6, 2013
Marries the steroidal firepower of the US armed forces with the narrative sense and technical elegance of a twelve year old playing with his action figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 5, 2013
Tea Party paranoia about Obama's alien identity and fascist agenda apparently motivated this disappointing sequel, which pits the Joes against an impostor U.S. president (Jonathan Pryce) working for the evil forces of Cobra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
As to be expected, Johnson actually imbues his character with some humanity, but in the cacophony that is this movie, this doesn't really amount to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 4, 2013
Routine action adventure but that mountainside battle is one for the record books.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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