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The Expendables 2 Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2013
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The movies that many of these guys made in the 1980s and '90s were hardly bulletproof, but this is a cynical exercise in settling for what is expected to be passable.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

February 1, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

At this point it's such a juvenile and boring experience with god awful writing, that it completely eliminates the fun of watching action heroes kick ass on screen.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 11, 2013
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: B

December 11, 2012
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

There's a difference in tapping into that same cheesiness that made up the DNA in action films of the 80s and 90s and overdoing it. The Expendables 2 gets way too carried away with that aspect and dives into overkill territory more often than not.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/10

November 22, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2012
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The Expendables 2 is a shot to the arm of pure, silly action-movie fun, and it stars so many heavy hitters it might break your brain to keep up with what's happening onscreen at various points during its slim 103-minute run time.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2012
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Excessive in almost every other area possible: from outlandish explosions to over-the-top dialogue via horrendously delivered gags, it pushes the limit of what people will readily accept from an action movie that isn't directed by the Zuckers.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2012
Christian Law
We Got This Covered

The Expendables 2 does for the action genre what ​"The Artist" ​did for the silent film genre: Distilled it down to its most basic parts before creating an homage that more than lives up to its past.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7.5/10

October 12, 2012
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant

Those hoping for a deeper, smarter, or more polished piece of action cinema: Sorry, but this franchise has pretty much established it isn't about that.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...if seeing a man's head explode like a watermelon is your thing, book a ticket, because The Expendables 2 frequently makes fruit salad.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU

Perhaps we're pawns in an elaborate homage to excess and macho stupidity. It's purposefully - even wilfully - bad. Given that I can't prove that Simon West isn't actually that kind of wheels-within-wheels genius, he earns benefit of my doubt.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2012
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

This is a film made very specifically for action junkies. Unfortunately, for everyone else it's going to be very forgettable.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2012
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

It brings back everything that was good about the first movie and makes it truly great, then adds a whole bunch of extra awesome on top of it.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal

September 10, 2012

It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

September 7, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Despite its ridiculously high kill count, there's a vein of humor running throughout the script and almost as many quips zipping around as bullets.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The Expendables 2 may talk a big game, yet can't back it no matter how many muscles are on display.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 6, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The pleasures of watching the action-movie past getting one more shot at silver-screen glory is undeniable, but like its predecessor, The Expendables 2 is a better concept than it is a movie.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

Pitches itself as the ultimate indulgence in action but it's only firing blanks

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 1/5

August 30, 2012
Matt Neal
The Standard

Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
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