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The Expendables 2 Reviews

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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

I like the idea of bringing this cast together but it needed a stronger, more captivating story.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B-

August 30, 2012
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz

Post-modern eye-winkery that lets its stars cringingly regurgitate classic action-movie quips.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2012
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

The film thunders through its paces, under the energetic direction of Simon West.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Travis Johnson
FILMINK (Australia)

The plot is limp and the attempts at pathos are close to cringe-worthy, but there's no denying this sequel absolutely delivers in terms of classic testosterone-fuelled action.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

August 30, 2012
Yury Gilkin
MovieFIX

The Expendables 2 may not win any awards and will probably never be used in any university movie courses, but if you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned American action - then strap yourself in.

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

August 30, 2012
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The best that can be said of these spectacularly stoo-pid scenes is that you can't look away from them. But my, oh my, you can laugh at them.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 30, 2012
Simon Foster
Screen-Space

The Expendables 2 meanders through a reined-in, talky first half before giving the modern action fans (or, more likely, their fathers) the nostalgic bloodbath they have unknowingly longed for.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

August 30, 2012
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Any hope I had of keeping a tally of fatalities in The Expendables 2 was quickly dashed by the opening melee, which makes the last ten minutes of The Wild Bunch look like the first ten minutes of Up.

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

August 29, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

With a script seemingly dashed off on a chalkboard, "The Expendables 2" lives up to its title in the most pejorative way. Everything about this bombastic goofball action movie screams "disposable."

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

August 29, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

If you can get past all that blood and goofy, heavy-handed humor, this reunion of action stars on the brink of retirement is entertaining.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

August 29, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Expendables 2 is that 80s mothers milk, fortified (and aged) into whiskey - and it's a fun to drink in with friends.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 28, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The pleasure of seeing Arnie back with a (large) gun in his hand, cracking the odd joke at his own and his team's expense, and all the collected weight of a thousand years of action hero experience to call on. Van Damme it, it's a blast

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 27, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It's not as good as the first film but if it's mindless bloody action you want with a few wry laughs and you've had a rough day at the office, this will undoubtedly shake the cobwebs

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 27, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

It's a testosterone feast for fan boys, as it currently stands, and not without its laughs. But it could so easily go so much further.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The contest in "The Expendables 2" is to see what piles up fastest: Spent ammunition casings, stuntmen playing dead, or utterances of catchphrases past.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Let's hear it for the old(er) guys. They still carry the punch for an action movie. The humor helps too.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 6/10

August 24, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

I won't ruin the Norris "fact" used in the film, but it provides one of the few genuine laughs, and it's certainly better than the forced wisecracks centering around past iconic figures created by co-stars Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If every member of 'The Avengers' had the personality, vocabulary and grace of the Hulk, the result might be like 'The Expendables.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Why make a new mediocrity when the old ones are still so much more fun to watch?

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

August 24, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Although there's been no attempt to tone down the first film's bloodthirsty hyperviolence or dim-witted plotting, this sequel is a massive improvement simply because they have fun with the premise

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2012
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