• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:    Simon West
  • In Theaters:    Aug 17, 2012 Wide
  • On DVD:    Nov 20, 2012
  • Lionsgate

The Expendables 2 Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 12, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Sawin
November 22, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 30, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 16, 2012

There's simply too much 21st century glaze on the old meat.

Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 12, 2012

While it's unquestionably great to see Arnie again toting a giant gun, The Expendables 2 fails to make the most of its game cast, and most surprisingly of all, is quite lacking in the action department.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Aaron Yap
August 30, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 30, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
August 16, 2012

Irresponsible as a first-person shooter video game? You bet. But it holds together, more or less, right up to the moment Chuck Norris and his dyed beard make their preposterous appearance.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steven Snyder
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 16, 2012

[A] saggy, rickety and occasionally winded geriatric action thriller ...

Leo Robson
Financial Times
August 16, 2012

Partly a cautionary tale about the dangers of decades of bodybuilding and partly a throwback to the good old days of the Reagan era, when all you needed to make an action film was a man with muscles, an exotic setting and a hundred screaming extras ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
August 17, 2012

A thudding scud of a sequel that defies the meaning of the word 'action' with excruciating pacing. Expect a cache of feeble jokes about aging that are as old as the entirety of the cast itself.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Alison Willmore
August 15, 2012

Whatever throwback charm the first film had has been utterly Snakes on a Plane-d by this sequel, which from the start is far more pleased with itself than audience members are ever given a chance to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 6, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 22, 2012

Nice to know America's action stars, no matter how old they get, will never lack for gainful employment.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU
September 26, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 30, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 23, 2012

Simon West, taking over directorial duties from Stallone, is at least better at staging action sequences, though the film is still over-edited to its intense disadvantage.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cole Smithey
August 29, 2012

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 | Original Score: D+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 16, 2012

Another shameless dollop of mindless slaughter and corny one-liners.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
August 14, 2012

Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt?

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