Red 2

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Red 2 Reviews

Anna Smith
Time Out
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Ultimately, it's popcorn nihilism without the big laughs that helped distract from the casual approach to life and death in 'Red'.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a likable, almost gentle comedy and also a violent action film about the possibility of a nuclear bomb going off in a major city.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

July 22, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Willis is self-evidently capable of kicking the asses of men considerably younger than himself. But at some point shouldn't he consider an alternative pastime?

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

July 19, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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No movie with this much ass-kicking should feel so lifeless.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 19, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Ridiculously action-packed and just as endearing, Red 2 is why we go to sequels despite our well-earned cynicism about studios churning them out.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's nice to see oldsters cavorting in kaboom movies, but a little of this stuff goes a long way.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

July 19, 2013
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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What's interesting about 'RED 2' is that, not only is it better than its predecessor, it is miles better ...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4

July 19, 2013
William Goss
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What was once engagingly silly is now much closer to insultingly dumb.

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July 19, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The best thing about RED 2, like its predecessor, is its lightness of tone. Too many movies with comic-book roots come on too seriously, even when the comics themselves have a loose, fast, jocular wit about them.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 19, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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As in the first film, the seasoned-pro cast provides the few fleeting pleasures to be found.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 19, 2013
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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It's quite possible that Helen Mirren has never had to speak such terrible dialogue in her life.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

July 19, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Recycled, Expensive, Dull.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 19, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Sequels are, for the most part, inherently stale, so it's no shock the luster has faded in "Red 2." The bigger surprise is just how clunky and unsatisfying this follow-up feels.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 18, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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Cars careen, lazily written infiltration plans are executed, and the violence is plentiful and toothless.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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If everyone delivered their lines with the rat-a-tat-tat precision of Malkovich, Mirren and Hopkins, the studio might have had a better movie on its hands.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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How bad could the boneyard be compared to sitting through this execrable piece of non-entertainment? Better dead than "RED 2."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 18, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This sequel to the action comedy about veteran espionage agents charging back into action lacks elegance and wit and is devoid of thrills, except for those brought by Byung-hun Lee as a Korean contract killer.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C-

July 18, 2013
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Enemies and allies have changed sides so many times so randomly, that you're not sure who's fighting whom or why. You just know they all look a little old to be engaged in this sort of reckless behavior.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Passable summer entertainment - an Expendables with people who can act.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Any movie that gives Helen Mirren a chance to shoot really big guns, wear an ermine astrakhan and channel Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth can't be all bad, and "Red 2" isn't, though it comes close.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 18, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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"RED 2" stands quite sturdily on its own as a caper comedy whose stars just happen to be approaching 50, 60 and even 70 years old.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's utter drivel coasting by on slick proficiency (at 100 miles an hour).

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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There is a fine line between silly dumb fun and out-and-out stupidity, and "Red 2" crosses it one time too many.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 18, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Sitting through it is nowhere near as enjoyable as the experience of watching its predecessor.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It often feels tired and by the book, missing the heart of the original in ways that can't be enlivened by any number of crazy lids on Marvin's addled cranium.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Red 2" is not just a bad movie, it's bad karma. And the target audience of adult moviegoers who respect the names in its once-vital cast have a bull's-eye on their collective cranium.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The movie's adequate. That's not much.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It's never laugh-out-loud funny or inside-track smart, but in a summer full of bombastic failures, a lack of pretense is enough.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 18, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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"RED 2" is a sequel that has some snappy interplay, typically courtesy of Malkovich, but mostly feels like a cast working to manufacture what came naturally the first time.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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"Red 2" does have its share of surprises, and the biggest of these is how funny the picture is and how very much fun the actors in it seem to be having.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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Like its predecessor, it's a one-joke movie; the difference is that this time around, the joke is better.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 18, 2013
Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
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Any good spy has to take risks to be successful. Too bad director Dean Parisot and his team didn't employ the same concept.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

July 17, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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It should all be so much fun. But Red 2 just feels dutiful, as if it's relieved that all its parts somehow fit together properly.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 17, 2013
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Not that it isn't entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its "use by" date.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 16, 2013
Todd Gilchrist
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in a lackadaisical sequel no one asked for except perhaps his creditors, Bruce Willis seems unmotivated to smile at all, much less offer a series of emotions that constitute a believable or compelling performance.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 15, 2013
Justin Chang
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An obligatory sequel that can't quite recapture the sly, laid-back pleasures of its cheerfully ridiculous predecessor.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 15, 2013
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