The Expendables 2 Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This sequel knows what its audience is looking for and succeeds admirably in providing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
December 11, 2012
"The Expendables 2″ is just entertaining enough to permit a third film. If only these steroids-packing seniors can coordinate schedules again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
Enjoyable, but disappointingly tame compared to its ferocious predecessor. The Expendables 2 is disposable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Law
We Got This Covered
October 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
Kofi Outlaw
October 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
...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 | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2012
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.
September 7, 2012
It's cheesy, fun, disposable action pap on a big scale - but, boy, is it lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
August 30, 2012
Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 30, 2012
The film thunders through its paces, under the energetic direction of Simon West.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Travis Johnson
FILMINK (Australia)
August 30, 2012
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.
Yury Glikin
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
August 30, 2012
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.
Simon Miraudo
August 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2012
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
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