Red 2 Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
July 30, 2013
Ultimately, it's popcorn nihilism without the big laughs that helped distract from the casual approach to life and death in 'Red'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2013
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.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 19, 2013
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?
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 19, 2013
No movie with this much ass-kicking should feel so lifeless.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 19, 2013
It's nice to see oldsters cavorting in kaboom movies, but a little of this stuff goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 19, 2013
What's interesting about 'RED 2' is that, not only is it better than its predecessor, it is miles better ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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William Goss
Film.com
July 19, 2013
What was once engagingly silly is now much closer to insultingly dumb.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 19, 2013
As in the first film, the seasoned-pro cast provides the few fleeting pleasures to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
July 19, 2013
It's quite possible that Helen Mirren has never had to speak such terrible dialogue in her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 19, 2013
Recycled, Expensive, Dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
July 18, 2013
Cars careen, lazily written infiltration plans are executed, and the violence is plentiful and toothless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 18, 2013
How bad could the boneyard be compared to sitting through this execrable piece of non-entertainment? Better dead than "RED 2."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 18, 2013
Passable summer entertainment - an Expendables with people who can act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 18, 2013
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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 18, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 18, 2013
It's utter drivel coasting by on slick proficiency (at 100 miles an hour).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2013
Sitting through it is nowhere near as enjoyable as the experience of watching its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 18, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2013
The movie's adequate. That's not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 18, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
July 18, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
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July 18, 2013
Like its predecessor, it's a one-joke movie; the difference is that this time around, the joke is better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
July 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 17, 2013
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.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2013
Not that it isn't entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its "use by" date.
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
July 15, 2013
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 15, 2013
An obligatory sequel that can't quite recapture the sly, laid-back pleasures of its cheerfully ridiculous predecessor.